The Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Florida, is working on a vaccine that can prevent ovarian and breast cancer from occurring. It can also prevent cancer from reoccurring in patients who have already had the disease. The vaccines harness the body’s own immune system to target cancer cells and kill them.
Mayo experienced success with their very first human participant in the trial!
The vaccine is still in the early phases of the trial and it will be at least three years before the vaccine would shift into phase three and be available to a large number of patients at once. However, the success they’ve seen so far in just their first patient is incredibly promising.
“It is reasonable to say that we could have a vaccine within eight years that may be available to patients through their pharmacy or their doctor,” said Keith L. Knutson, Ph.D., who is part of the Mayo Clinic.