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Breast cancer vaccine … a breakthrough or a false hope?

A breast cancer vaccine may be in the works.
A breast cancer vaccine may be in the works.
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"We believe that this vaccine will someday be used to prevent breast cancer in adult women in the same way that vaccines have prevented many childhood diseases. If it works in humans the way it works in mice, this will be monumental. We could eliminate breast cancer." So says Vincent Tuohy, the immunologist who led research resulting in a vaccine that has prevented breast cancer from developing in mice. It will be many years down the road and many research dollars will have to be spent before we know if the vaccine will live up to the initial expectations. We talk with Dr. Tuohy about his findings.


Vincent Tuohy, the study’s principal investigator and an immunologist in Cleveland Clinic’s Lerner Research Institute Department of Immunology