Researchers at the Mayo Clinic and the University of Georgia have developed a vaccine that might prove successful for treating a number of different cancers, including mesothelioma.

The vaccine has proven successful at reducing tumors in laboratory mice and may also help a cancer patient’s immune system identify cancer cells and destroy them.

Treatments that help the body fight off its own cancer cells have proven difficult to create cancer cells originate within the body, and the immune system doesn’t tend to recognize them as foreign.

The new vaccine works by identifying a special protein within cancer cells. Cancer tumors produce high levels of the protein MUC1, which promotes the growth of said tumors. Mesothelioma is among the many forms of cancer in which MUC1 is over expressed.

“This is the first time that a vaccine has been developed that trains the immune system to distinguish and kill cancer cells based on their different sugar structures on proteins such as MUC1,” said Sandra Gendler, a cancer researcher at the Mayo Clinic in Arizona.

Researcher and vaccine developer Geert-Jans Boons, of the University of Georgia Cancer Center, said the treatment, called MUC1 tripartite immunotherapy, will produce a strong immune response. It was already shown to reduce tumors in mice by 80 percent or greater.

The researchers are currently testing the vaccine’s effectiveness against human cancer cells. Phase I clinical trials for cancer patients may begin as early as 2013.

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