WMSN FOX 47
 

FOX 47 - Health News

MADISON (WMSN) -- Oncologists may soon have another weapon in their arsenal against prostate cancer.



The Food and Drug Administration is on the verge of approving a new cancer vaccine.



In clinical trials, the vaccine helped prostate cancer patients live longer without the harsh side effects of chemo and radiation.



Doctors are quick to point out it's a vaccine only in name -- it's not preventative, it's not a cure -- but it may offer some hope.



Seattle-based Dendreon Corp. has developed a new cancer treatment -- a revolutionary cancer vaccine.



During treatment, doctors draw blood from a cancer patient, train the white blood cells to attack cancer cells, and inject them back into the body.



"This is a therapy targeting the immune system and then has your immune system target the cancer," said Dr. George Wilding, director of the UW Carbon Cancer Center.



Dr. Wilding says the UW served as one of the clinical trial locations for the vaccine. He says, unlike chemo, the vaccine does not destroy good cells in the body.



"This is entirely different that what has been used before," he said.



Studies show prostate cancer patients who took the vaccine lived, on average 4.5 months longer. Some men gained an extra two or three years of life.



"This would be a way to give hope to those people for whom other treatment options either wouldn't work or had not resulted in a cure," said Dr. D. Brooke Johnson, a urologist with Dean Health & St. Mary's Hospital.



Dr. Johnson says the vaccine is promising, but for most patients, it won't replace surgery, radiation, and chemotherapy. At least, he says, it's another option.



"It's a little too early to say if this will have long-term benefits for the general population with prostate cancer," he said.



So far, the only side effects of the vaccine are fevers and chills experienced by a few patients.



Doctors hope research with this prostate cancer vaccine will eventually help create vaccines for many kinds of cancers.



Prostate cancer kills about 30,000 men in United States every year.

Prostate Cancer Vaccine

Video List

Sun. - Fri. on FOX 47 News at 9!

Top Health Headlines (foxnews.com)

Florida teen who took NFL player to prom dies
The Florida teen whose dream came true when an NFL player escorted her to the prom has died, hospital officials announced Friday.

Why some moms are asking doctors to delay cutting their baby’s umbilical cord
As more pregnant women are becoming educated about the many childbirth choices they have, experts agree they’re adding one more preference to their birth plans: delayed cord clamping.

The best gluten-free foods for your Memorial Day BBQ
Just because you're eating gluten free this Memorial Day doesn't mean you have to miss out on all the great BBQ choices. Here are some great buys to help you spice it up this holiday weekend: 

3 things people get completely wrong about vitamin supplements
You may have seen a concerning headline recently about dietary supplements.

5 simple ways to fiber up
What if someone told you there was something naturally occurring in your food that could help you improve your gut health, lose weight, and live longer? 

Advertise with us!

Tonight on FOX 47

12:00pm FOX 47 Movie: "Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time"
2:30pm Big Bang Theory
3:00pm Modern Family
3:30pm Modern Family
4:00pm Paid Program
4:30pm
NASCAR on FOX: Coca Cola 600 (Sprint Cup)
9:30pm FOX 47 News at 9
10:05pm In Depth Sports with Graham Bensinger
10:35pm Big Bang Theory
11:05pm Mike & Molly
11:35pm Mike & Molly
12:05am Ring of Honor Wrestling


Complete FOX 47 Schedule

To FOX.com

Advertise with us!
IE6 Float Fix