Vaccine May Treat Lung Cancer
Experimental Vaccine Shows Promise in Some Early-Stage Lung Cancer
Immunotherapy vs. Chemotherapy continued...
Last year, GlaxoSmithKline began recruitment for a phase III study of the
cancer vaccine, which will include more than 2,000 patients whose cancers
The placebo-controlled trial will include patients treated with the vaccine
both instead of and in addition to chemotherapy.
"We want to see if there is an extra benefit to adding the immunotherapy
to chemotherapy," he says.
Len Lichtenfeld, MD, of the American Cancer Center, tells WebMD that it
remains to be seen if the MAGE-A3 vaccine will prove to be a useful treatment
for lung cancer.
"The study suggests that there may be some benefit here, but clearly a
larger trial will tell us more," he tells WebMD.
He adds that it will not be clear if the immunotherapy works as well as
chemotherapy until the two treatments are compared head-to-head.
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