(FOX 26) - Scientists have taken a giant step towards curing cancer, according to a new study.
Stanford university researchers have found a way to clear cancer in mice with immune-system stimulating injections.
The report published in the Science Translational Medicine Journal last week shows promise in terms of destroying tumors.
The new approach is a form of immunotherapy, which uses the body's own disease-fighting power to battle cancer.
Scientists report using compound injections to effectively eradicate cancer tumors in mice.
According to the study, their approach worked startlingly well -- even in mice who had lymphoma in two different areas of their body.
They injected minute amounts of two immune-stimulating agents directly into solid tumors in mice and saw that it eliminated all traces of cancer in the animals, including distant, untreated metastases.
"In this way, 87 of 90 mice were cured of the cancer. Although the cancer recurred in three of the mice, the tumors again regressed after a second treatment. The researchers saw similar results in mice bearing breast, colon and melanoma tumors."
It's been tested on mice with lymphoma, breast, colon and melanoma tumors.
A clinical trail is being planned to test the method on human lymphoma patients.
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