Cancer Vaccines and Gene Therapy

Cancer vaccines and gene therapy are often considered to be targeted therapies because they interfere with the growth of specific cancer cells. Information about these treatments can be found in the following National Cancer Institute (NCI) fact sheets, which are available on the Internet, or by calling NCI’s Cancer Information Service (CIS) (see below):

  • Biological Therapies for Cancer includes information about monoclonal antibodies and cancer vaccines. This fact sheet is available at http://www.cancer.gov/cancertopics/factsheet/Therapy/biological.
  • Cancer Vaccines contains information on vaccines intended to treat cancer, as well as those intended to prevent it. This fact sheet is available at http://www.cancer.gov/cancertopics/factsheet/Therapy/cancer-vaccines.
  • Gene Therapy for Cancer discusses research with genetic material in developing cancer therapies, including risks, benefits, and ethical issues. This fact sheet can be found at http://www.cancer.gov/cancertopics/factsheet/Therapy/gene.
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