by Robin Seaton Jefferson
Researchers at Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Florida say a vaccine they have developed could be available within eight years that may not only stop the recurrence of breast and ovarian cancers, but prevent them from developing in the first place. “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. Mayo Clinic investigator, Keith L. Knutson, Ph.D. in an interview today. Knutson said the research is in its early phases, and it will be at least three years before a phase 3 trial of Mayo Clinic’s cancer vaccine would be available to large numbers of patients.
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Context: Keith Knutson, Ph.D. is the principal investigator of a $13.3 million, five-year Breakthrough Award grant from the Department of Defense to test a vaccine designed to prevent the recurrence of triple-negative breast cancer, a subset of breast cancer for which there are no targeted therapies. In addition to his research, Dr. Knutson participates in and chairs several study sections, is co-director of the Mayo Clinic Immune Monitoring Core and director of the Mayo Clinic Ovarian Cancer Immunotherapy Program.
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