New development in search for leukemia vaccine

January 4, 2010 2:17:43 PM PST
An experimental vaccine for leukemia is about to be tested on human patients. British researchers at King's College London are hoping the treatment will help stop the disease from returning after chemotherapy or bone marrow transplants fail.

The vaccine is created by removing cells from the patient's blood and manipulating them in the laboratory. The cells are given two genes that help the immune system to seek out and destroy cancer cells if they return.

Those taking part in the trial have acute myeloid leukemia or AML, which is the most common from in adults.