A team of doctors in the UK have said that they have injected a patient with a vaccine aimed at destroying tumours everywhere in one of the first of its kind procedure in the world.
The doctors gave the vaccine to a young British woman that is designed to stimulate the immune system in the body so that it can destroy tumours anywhere they spread in the body. The woman, Kelly Potter was diagnosed with advanced cervical cancer in July 2015 is among the first to be enrolled on a cancer vaccine trial. Ms Kelly is 35 years old and lives in Beckenham, Kent. She was eligible for the trial at Guy's Hospital in London as the disease had spread to other parts of the body.
"Although I had excellent treatment at Guy's where the cancer was stabilised, it had already spread to spots on my liver and lungs. So when I was told that I may be eligible for this trial, I was delighted. To be part of this trial has changed my life for the better. It's been a very positive experience and really interesting. I feel honoured to be involved. You get the best treatment anyway at Guy's but it's fantastic to be part of something that could be ground breaking," she said.
The trail will be conducted for two years and will involve around 30 volunteers. Scientists developed a vaccine to boost the immune system in the body to act against a part of the cancer cell that allows it to spread and replicate. The doctors will also give chemotherapy drug that will allow the immune system to attack body's own cancer cells.