June 30, 2011
Cuba Creates World's First Lung Cancer Vaccine
The vaccine, called CIMAVAX-EGF, was first registered in 2008 in Cuba, where it was developed 15 years ago. More than a thousand Cuban patients were successfully treated by the vaccine, according to Gisela González, medical researcher from the Immunologic Molecular Center (CIM) in Havana.
Gonzalez describes CIMAVAX-EGF as derived from a protein produced by lung cancer. She said it is safe because patients who received the vaccine felt no side effects.
The vaccine prolongs a patient’s life after chemotherapy or radiotherapy by preventing cancer from returning.
Aside from registering the vaccine in Colombia, Brazil, Paraguay, Ecuador, and Argentina, it will undergo experimental trial in China, said Gonzalez. She added that CIMAVAX-EGF is being tested in treating breast, prostate and uterus cancer.
Recently, Hugo Chavez, the strong man of Venezuela, was reported to have undergone tumor removal operations in Cuba.
Chavez had just issued a statement through a video about his medical condition and that he is undergoing treatment. He did not specify though as to what type of treatment it was.
Speculations are rife that Chavez may have tried the cancer vaccine himself.
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