Mayo Clinic developing vaccine that kills cancer cells

Mayo Clinic developing vaccine that kills cancer cells

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A vaccine undergoing testing at the Mayo Clinic has reportedly removed cancer cells in a breast cancer patient.

The Mayo Clinic has reportedly developed a vaccine that was able to remove cancer cells from a breast cancer patient Florida. 

Lee Mercker was the first person to participate in the new vaccine's first clinical trial, which began in March. 

She had "DCIS stage 0," meaning the cancer cells had not yet spread. She chose joining the trial over having a lumpectomy or mastectomy, according to First Coast News. 

“It’s supposed to stimulate a patient’s own immune response so that the immune cells like t-cells would go in and attack the cancer,” said Dr. Saranya Chumsri, an oncologist at Mayo Clinic.  “It’s supposed to be just off the shelf, kind of similar to when you get the flu shot or pneumonia shot."

The same treatment has now been used on other patients and has reportedly had positive results. Mercker still had to get a mastectomy, removing her breasts to ensure the cells were properly removed. 

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