For the first time ever, scientists have combined radiation therapy and a cancer vaccine--resulting
in a potential new form of treatment which could possibly benefit patients with prostate cancer. A study
funded by the National Cancer Institute looked into the idea of a vaccine/radiation combination therapy,
using mice as test subjects --according to Dr. James Gulley, primary author of the study...
"This study was designed to see whether this approach was feasible in
combination with radiation therapy--also to see whether it was safe. Now, based on these findings
that the majority of the patients did generate and immune response, we can then go on to a larger
clinical trial--looking for clinical end-points--to see if this can decrease the likelihood of the
cancer returning by giving the vaccine in combination with radiation therapy."
Dr. Gulley said this is the first step toward finding an alternative treatment for patients
with localized prostate cancer.