Cancer Vaccines: Activating the Immune System

Cancer Vaccines: Activating the Immune System
Vaccines are designed to boost our immune system’s natural ability to protect against disease. This rationale extends to cancer therapy, where researchers are developing new treatments that direct the immune system to fight cancer.

As combination therapies become the new standard in cancer care, experts believe cancer vaccines will be a critical component of the new treatment landscape. In this edition of Guided By Science, we explore the world of cancer vaccines and highlight anew approach to fight cancer with the natural power of our immune system.

How Does Cancer Escape the Immune System?
Researchers have long questioned how tumors can grow in a healthy immune system. This question is even more important today, as immune-targeted therapies are fundamentally changing what it means to treat cancer. 

New evidence suggests that tumor development is heavily influenced by our immune system. This theory, termed “cancer immuno-editing,” can be broken down into three phases: elimination, equilibrium, and escape. In this edition of Guided By Science, we explore the three phases of cancer immuno-editing to understand the battle between cancer and the immune system.

New Faces of Immunotherapy
Immunotherapy is changing cancer as we know it. Experts predict that in just 10 years, immunotherapy will form the backbone for over 60% of cancer treatments, as opposed to less than 3% today.

As the cancer treatment landscape shifts from traditional to immune-targeted therapies, it’s important to understand the benefits and limitations of each approach. By examining the faces of immunotherapy, we can best understand how immunotherapy is changing the world.


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