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Mount Sinai researchers develop treatment that turns tumors into cancer vaccine factories

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  • Scientists have developed a treatment that led to months, even years of full remission in a few patients out of 11 tested in clinical trial.
  • The treatment involves injecting multiple immune stimulants directly into a tumor.
  • First, they stimulate dendritic cells (“generals” of immunity), which then instruct T cells (“soldiers” of immunity) to kill cancer cells throughout the body.
  • This essentially creates a cancer vaccine factory within the patient.
  • The research continues with trials involving breast, head, and neck cancer patients.

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