Vaccine holds promise for breast cancer survivors

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by JEAN ENERSEN / KING 5 News

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Posted on April 16, 2012 at 5:39 PM

Updated Friday, Jan 4 at 10:44 AM

Scientists are eyeing a vaccine to help breast cancer survivors stay cancer free after treatment.

The vaccine is calle E-75. It helps stimulate T-cells to attack cancer cells. In trials, women injected with the vaccing saw a 50 percent reduction in recurrence.

The drug Herceptin can do the same thing, but only 20 percent of breast cancer survivors can take it. 

E-75 developer George Peoples says three times as many survivors could benefit from his baccine.

The vaccine is being tested at Seattle's Swedish Medical Center. For information, people can send an e-mail to CancerResearch@Swedish.org or call 206-386-3086.

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