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New Cancer treatment promises to ‘obliterate’ tumours

The treatment uses a virus hidden in immune cells that seek and destroy cancer cells from within. Trials on rodents have cured cancerous growths and were alive and cancer free at the end of the 40 day study. Fifteeen British men are to start a clinical trial using the technique – the first time it has been tested in humans. Read the article.

McMaster gets $5M to test prostate cancer vaccine

Hamilton researchers are attempting to create a prostate cancer vaccine that would use viruses to destroy cancer cells and trigger an immune response. Funded primarily by a $5-million grant from popular fundraiser Movember and Prostate Cancer Canada, the vaccine will be manufactured in Hamilton and Ottawa and tested on patients who currently have no other course of treatment. Read the article.

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