Novel Prostate Cancer Vaccine Shows Survival Benefit
April 01, 2005
ORLANDO-A novel therapeutic vaccine therapy (see illustration) increased survival in patients with advanced prostate cancer during a phase III clinical trial, lead investigator Eric J. Small, MD, reported in an oral presentation and a media briefing at the 2005 Multidisciplinary Prostate Cancer Symposium (abstract 264). "This immunotherapy has the potential to provide a new treatment option for a group of patients with precious few options," said Dr. Small, professor of medicine and urology, University of California, San Francisco, School of Medicine. "On a broader scale, this is the first study ever to show a survival advantage for the immune approach in prostate cancer."