Skin cancer is the uncontrolled growth of abnormal skin cells. If left unchecked, these cancer cells can spread from the skin into other tissues and organs.
There are different types of skin cancer. Basal cell carcinoma is the most common. Melanoma is less common, but more dangerous.
VACCINE ONCOVEX FOR MELANOMA Scientists have claimed that a new vaccine called OncoVEX can cure skin cancers effectively and it has also helped patients in recovering from melanoma at advanced stages as well. Dr Howard Kaufman of Chicago’s Rush University Medical Centre explains: What surprised us was that the jab did not have an effect just on the cells we injected but on growths in other parts of the body that we couldn’t reach. BioVex, the producer of OncoVEX, is seeking more than 400 patients for the final phases of its testing.
METASTATIC MELANOMA TRIAL USING PATIENT'S OWN IMMUNE CELLS (dendritic cells) for metastatic melanoma Phase 2 trial at Chicago's Hoag Hospital. In this clinical trial, a patient’s own (‘autologous’) melanoma tumor tissue cells are grown in a laboratory, treated with radiation (so they cannot keep growing), and then given back to the patient in a series of 8 vaccinations. •50% of patients will receive the Tumor Cell Vaccine. This vaccine consists of a patient’s own tumor cells that have been treated with radiation, and added to GM-CSF (a commercially available immune stimulating substance) for injection. 50% of patients will receive the Dendritic Cell Vaccine. This vaccine is the same as the Tumor Cell vaccine above, except that a patient’s own dendritic cells (specialized immune cells) have been added.