Nee­dle to beat breast can­cer

The Courier-Mail - - FRONT PAGE - EX­CLU­SIVE SUE DUNLEVY

A BREAST can­cer vac­cine is be­ing de­vel­oped by an Aus­tralian com­pany to treat one of the most com­mon forms of the dis­ease – and it may one day pre­vent it al­to­gether.

Stud­ies of the ground­break­ing new HER-vaxx jab, which stim­u­lates the body’s own im­mune sys­tems in the fight, have shown it to im­prove sur­vival rates in mice.

The vac­cine will help the 25 per cent of women whose breast can­cer over-ex­presses the HER-2 pro­tein, which causes a more ag­gres­sive form of the dis­ease.

It will also help some gas­tric can­cer pa­tients.

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