'A potential new vaccine may prevent colon cancer in people at high risk for the disease, say scientists.
Researchers at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, US, who developed the vaccine, have already begun testing for safety and immunogenicity in patients with late-stage colon cancer and pancreatic patients.
According to one Singapore expert, the vaccine is an “exciting development,” that will hopefully “pave the way for more work to target established cancers.”'
“If the vaccine works, the polyp will shrink or even disappear,” said Associate Professor Charles Tsang. “For patients who have had the polyp removed, a vaccine may prevent another polyp from appearing – the risk can be as high as 20 percent – and so the need for regular surveillance colonoscopies can be done away with.”
However, only patients who are found to have advanced polyps will likely benefit from the vaccine. “Hence, this development does not obviate a need for a large-scale effective screening program against colorectal cancer,” noted Tsang, who is head and senior consultant of the division of colorectal surgery at the Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, National University of Singapore.
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