Prostate Cancer

Vaccine trials

Immunotherapy is being used as a new experimental treatment for cancer. Patients are injected with dead prostate cancer cells, so that the cells within the body responsible for protection against viruses and bacteria (the immune system) are alerted to the presence of cancer cells. If the treatment is successful, the cells in the immune system seek out and destroy any cells that resemble the tissues used in the vaccine. Two men described their experiences of vaccine trials.

Last reviewed March 2015.
 

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