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NCI Dictionary of Cancer Terms


gp96 heat shock protein-peptide complex vaccine  listen  (… PROH-teen-PEP-tide KOM-plex vak-SEEN)

  A vaccine made from a patient’s tumor cells that may help the body’s immune system kill cancer cells. This vaccine is used to treat kidney cancer, a type of brain cancer called glioma, and metastatic melanoma (a type of skin cancer that has spread). It is also being studied in the treatment of other types of cancer. Also called gp96 HSP-peptide complex, Oncophage, and vitespen.