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Is the ImMucin Cancer Vaccine a Cure for Cancer?

Updated on October 21, 2012
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There are no words in the English language sufficient to describe the physical and emotional impact of cancer. There is the terror felt when confronted with the diagnosis, the fear when facing the prognosis, and the horror when suffering the side-effects of treatment. What often follows is the devastating feeling of helplessness when facing the possibility of a recurrence. A cure for cancer could save millions of people from both the emotional trauma and, of course, the very real physical danger. Treatments are frequently helpful, but they are not always effective, and even then there is often no long-term guarantee of a cure. However, there is a lot of very promising research to give hope to those that have and will be touched by cancer.

A cure for cancer will not be found in one pill or recipe or treatment plan, but rather in teaching the immune system to fight this invader through some sort of vaccine. Research into cancer vaccines has been going on for decades with limited success. I'm always skeptical when I see the phrase "a cure for cancer" but the concept of a cancer vaccine is very promising. Research in this area has recently increased dramatically with several new approaches, of which one of the most promising is the ImMucin cancer vaccine.

ImMucin and many other similar vaccines are currently being tested in clinical trials. If successful, in some cases they would completely eliminate the need for treatments like chemotherapy and radiation. Eventually, cancer could be no worse than the measles. If somebody contracted one of the many forms of cancer, they would simply receive a vaccination and see it vanish naturally, with no terrifying treatments that in some cases can seem worse than the disease. Contrary to a lot of popular paranoia, drug companies stand to profit tremendously from such vaccines, so there is a huge incentive to develop a viable solution. In fact, the market for cancer vaccines is expected to reach 7 billion dollars by the year 2015.

To find clinical trials go to www.clinicaltrials.gov or ask your physician.

How Does the ImMucin Cancer Vaccine Work?

The main reason that cancer is such a deadly disease is that the immune system does not perceive cancer cells as abnormal or foreign, so it does not marshal its defenses as it would against something like a virus. The theory behind a cancer vaccine is to train the immune system to recognize some aspect of the cancer cells as an invader, thus prompting a full attack against them. This new approach is the basis for the most promising new treatments such as the ImMucin vaccine.

ImMucin is the result of a cooperative effort between the drug company Vaxil Biotherapeutics and Tel Aviv University. Researchers have found that 90% of all types of cancer cells contain relatively high amounts of a protein called MUC1, which is also present at much lower levels in normal cells. The ImMucin vaccine teaches the immune system to recognize MUC1 as a foreign invader, and activates our t-cells to attack and destroy the cancer cells. Since the MUC1 levels in normal cells is so low, it does not prompt an immune response, so there are no dangerous side effects. ImMucin is a therapeutic vaccine, which means it is used on people who already have a disease, rather than to prevent it in healthy people.

There are no significant side effects that have been found with ImMucin. During initial tests on 10 cancer victims, after only 2-4 doses the immune system in 7 of the patients was strengthened, and 3 were completely free of the disease. 10 patients is not sufficient to constitute a conclusive finding, so the vaccine is currently being studied in numerous clinical trials.

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What are the Advantages of the ImMucin Cancer Vaccine?

There are several advantages of the ImMucin vaccine (and several others like it) relative to other cancer treatments and vaccines.

  • There are no side effects other than minor itching and soreness at the injection site.
  • It is a universal vaccine, which means it doesn't have to be tailored to a specific type of cancer and can be mass-produced.
  • It can potentially completely prevent a reoccurrence, thus 'curing' cancer.


What are the Negative Aspects of the Vaccine?

Although this is groundbreaking research, there are a few weaknesses to the ImMucin vaccine.

  • In advanced cancer, chemotherapy or radiation might have to be used first to get existing tumors to a manageable state in order for the vaccine to work.
  • It doesn't work on the few cancers that don't contain MUC1 (roughly 10%).


As with any medication, ImMucin must be proven to be safe and effective through clinical trials before it becomes available to the general public, possibly as soon as 2020. Currently there are 30 other drug companies simultaneously creating vaccines that target MUC1, such as Stimuvax. Before seeking any medical treatment make sure you discuss it with your doctor. I am cautiously optimistic but hope the ImMucin cancer vaccine proves successful. It would be wonderful to live in a world where no individual ever has to suffer from cancer, and there would be no need for a pink ribbon or purple bracelet!

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      Alejandro Molina 4 years ago from Metro Manila, Philippines

      this hub is very useful and interesting. my father died last year because of cancer and it is really traumatic emotionally. I hope that this vaccine will be the answer or cure to cancer. Great hub! Cheers!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Very interesting! I have no heard of this vaccine, but I will be looking for more information on it thanks to your hub. Your description at the start, about the emotions that arise when diagnosed with cancer, and perfectly stated.

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      Healthy Life 4 years ago from Connecticut, USA

      @afmolinajr....I'm so sorry about your father. When I went through chemotherapy it was so difficult for my husband and children and I am so hopeful this vaccine will prevent others from ever having to go through this experience. Thank you so much for taking the time to read this and offer your support and kind words.

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      Healthy Life 4 years ago from Connecticut, USA

      Thank you Bill! Those emotions are based on first hand experience. This vaccine will be an interesting one to watch. As the clinical trials continue there will be more results. Thanks for taking the time to read and comment.Hope you are enjoying your weekend!

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      Thomas Silvia 4 years ago from Massachusetts

      Great informative hub and hope soon that some new break through in a cancer vaccine will happen. I hope you are doing better now, my dad went through chemotherapy but it did not help him in his fight with cancer.

      Vote up and more !!!

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Very interesting information. I do hope the trials of this vaccine become successful so that this life threatening disease can be effectively countered. Thanks for sharing this info on ImMucin vaccine.

      Voted up, interesting and useful.

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      Linda Rogers 4 years ago from Minnesota

      What a great day it would be if this vaccine cured cancer. I have hope that there will be a cure one day and this article surely makes it seem close. Chemotherapy for me, was the worst part of the diagnosis of cancer. Surgery was scary but I recuperated pretty fast. Chemo made me feel very close to death. Thanks for the uplifting and informative article :-)

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      RTalloni 4 years ago from the short journey

      It is good to read about this work to increase the immune system's ability to fight cancer diseases. Interesting video, as well. When we hear about ImMucin in the future we'll have an idea of what it's about--thanks!

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      Tammy 4 years ago from North Carolina

      I hope we will see this vaccine work during our lifetimes. Cancer touches way to many. Great hub and introduction.

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      Healthy Life 4 years ago from Connecticut, USA

      @tammyswallow...I really hope this is finally the one that works and will be watching for the results from the clinical trials. Thank you so much for your kind comment and your continued support!

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      Healthy Life 4 years ago from Connecticut, USA

      @rajan jolly...I do hope this vaccine is the one that changes lives so people no longer have to suffer from cancer. Thank you so much for your comment and vote!

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      Healthy Life 4 years ago from Connecticut, USA

      Hi Minnetonka Twin! It would be cause for a huge celebration if there was finally a way to cure cancer. This vaccine looks very promising and I will update the article once the results are out from clinical trials. I agree that chemo can be brutal and even after it is over it often takes a year or more just to recover and start feeling human again. It would be great if more people could completely avoid it. Thanks so much for stopping by:)

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      dinkan53 4 years ago from India

      Great to read about this vaccine and i like the fact that it is a universal vaccine. Excellent information, thanks for useful post.

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      Healthy Life 4 years ago from Connecticut, USA

      @dinkan53...An effective universal vaccine would be amazing and could be produced more quickly than a specific vaccine. Thank you so much for taking the time to comment and glad you found the information useful!

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      Healthy Life 4 years ago from Connecticut, USA

      @Kashmir56...I'm so sorry about your Dad. A cancer diagnosis and chemotherapy treatment is so stressful for the whole family. I hope this vaccine is a success so that many can be cured without any more pain and suffering. Thank you so much for the vote and adding your personal experience with this disease.

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      Healthy Life 4 years ago from Connecticut, USA

      @RTalloni...Once the immune system learns how to fight this disease a cure is possible and the fear is removed. It's always great to learn about new things and I hope we hear more about this vaccine when the clinical trials are completed. Thanks for taking the time to read this and check out the video explaining the vaccine.

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      Michelle Liew 4 years ago from Singapore

      I agree with most, I hope that a breakthrough soon happens. Thanks for sharing this information, and I share too.

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      Healthy Life 4 years ago from Connecticut, USA

      @midget38...I hope this is finally the successful vaccine because too many people have suffered from cancer. Thanks for reading and really appreciate the sharing:)

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      ignugent17 4 years ago

      Thanks for sharing the research work. I am just glad they won"t stop on finding what is the best medicine for cancer. Just like Michelle I do hope that a breakthrough will happen soon.

      Have a good day!

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      Shawnte 4 years ago

      Very interesting. Cancer is such a devastating disease and I really do hope that we are approaching a cure soon. I've lost many loved ones to the disease.

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      Healthy Life 4 years ago from Connecticut, USA

      @ignugent17...Despite what many people think scientists are still working hard to find a cure. Yes...I hope it happens soon so people will never have to deal with cancer. Thanks for stopping by and commenting! Have a great weekend:)

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      Healthy Life 4 years ago from Connecticut, USA

      @Shawnte87...So sorry you have lost some loved ones to this horrible disease. When I went through chemotherapy I know it had a devastating impact on my family and in ways they suffered right along with me. I hope this vaccine is successful and that soon we will see the day when fewer people have to suffer from this disease. Thanks so much for taking the time to read and comment! Hope to see you again!

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      Brett Caulton 4 years ago from Thailand

      Having had my mother suffer and pass away from this horrible illness, this is wonderful news for all the current sufferers and their families!!

      Sharing with followers, twitter and pinterest. Also up, useful and AWESOME.

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      Vidhya L 4 years ago from Chennai, India

      Interesting to know! Maybe at last our prayers are about to be answered. Let's wait and see. Useful!

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      Healthy Life 4 years ago from Connecticut, USA

      So sorry about your mother Brett. After my own experience I feel enough is enough and look forward to the day when no one will ever suffer from this disease. I want people to know there really is hope and I see this as very promising so I so much appreciate you letting others know by sharing, twitter, and pinning!! I also appreciate the vote and your kind support!

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      Healthy Life 4 years ago from Connecticut, USA

      @howtoguide2learn...Glad you found this interesting. I hope this is the answer to our prayers. I will update as new information becomes available. Thank you for taking the time to read and comment and I hope you stop by again!

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      Peggy Woods 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Having lost several dear friends to cancer and knowing others who have it, the news of this cancer vaccine is wonderful. Let us hope and pray that the clinical trials proceed and end up with great results so that people world-wide no longer have to fear this disease with dread as they do today. Up votes and sharing! Hope that you continue to feel better and never suffer a relapse.

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      Healthy Life 4 years ago from Connecticut, USA

      @Peggy W...I hope this cancer vaccine is successful and will continue to follow the trials and update this article. I believe one day this disease will not be feared and easily cured. Your good wishes mean so much to me and I really appreciate the voted and shares.

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      L.L. Woodard 4 years ago from Oklahoma City

      Thanks for bringing this hopeful news to my attention. It's a shame that clinical trials require so much time before a drug can be available for use by the medical community, but the process is necessary for safety and determination of effectiveness.

      Great hub; voted up and Shared.

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      Healthy Life 4 years ago from Connecticut, USA

      L.L. Woodard...It is very promising but the year 2020 does seem far away. New drugs do have to go through many tests to see if they are safe and effective long term. Hopefully it will be proven to be effective earlier than planned. Thanks so much for reading and sharing!

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      conradofontanilla 4 years ago from Philippines

      Cancer is not caused by germs that is why it does not respond to vaccine. If ImMucin works it is probably working on signals or suppressor genes like p53 that blocks the progress of polyp into colon cancer for example. Cancer is caused by free radicals (ozone, superoxide, singlet oxygen) and derivatives like hydrogen peroxide, peroxynitrite, hydroxyl radical, alkoxyl radical, and more. These can be neutralized by antioxidants, that is why cancer can be prevented by the simple antioxidant, not by an expensive drug. There is a controversy on the framework of cancer research by conventional medicine. It uses the germ theory of disease whereas cancer falls within the free radical theories of disease. Research on this latter framework is on the march. We now know that there three kinds of nitric oxide (NO), a free radical. The endothelium nitric oxidase, an enzyme produces NO/eNOS, a free radical that serves as a message for the inner wall of the artery to dilate. This alleviates angina and prevents heart attack. In fact, nitroglycerin produces nitric oxide. The free radical produced by the enzyme inducible nitric oxidase and mediated by macrophage is used to shoot the bacteria that cause rheumatic fever and attack the heart valves resulting in rheumatic heart. NO/iNOS is indiscriminate and kills both germs and healthy cells in the vicinity of infected cells that is why it produces scars on healthy cells resulting in stenosis of rheumatic heart. Dr. Michael DeBakey, MD, the high priest of bypass surgery thinks that rheumatic heart is an allergic reaction to the bacteria, thus putting it under the germ theory of disease. The conventional treatment of rheumatic heart is replacement of the valve. Prolapse if it occurs in adulthood can be remedied by chelation therapy that works in the free radical framework. Unintentionally, conventional medicine gives an evidence on free radicals by using chemotherapy. A chemotherapy drug, like Adriamycin, produces a lot of free radicals (singlet oxygen) that kill cancer cells and healthy cells in the vicinity or fast growing cells like blood cells and hair cells. That is why the side effects. But conventional medicine will not mention about the free radicals produced by Adriamycin. A shift to the free radical framework of cancer research will come up with remedies to prevent, treat, and cure cancer that are simple, readily available and not costly. For example, extracts from the fruit of noni plant (Morinda citrifolia Linn.) even as low as 2.5% can kill colon cancer cells. This was found by the researchers of the University of the Philippines Manila campus, College of Medicine. Chichirica or periwinkle can control leukemia with its active ingredient vinealeukoblastine. I have several Hubs on cancer: colon cancer, breast cancer, ovarian cancer, prostate cancer, cancer of the lens of the eye, and skin cancer. I discus how these develop and how they can be countered by natural cures.

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      Healthy Life 4 years ago from Connecticut, USA

      @conradofontanilla...Thank you so much for leaving such an informative comment for many to see. Sometimes a combination of western and alternative medicine is successful.There is so much debate as to what causes cancer.I am learning that there is a whole world out there of natural medicine that can cure so many illnesses and strengthen the immune system. I do agree it is so important to flood the body with antioxidants for good health. I will definitely check out your hubs! Thanks again for the useful information!

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      Carrie L. Cronkite 4 years ago from Maine

      Wonderful news! My surgeon said she truly believes it will happy in the next five years!

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      Healthy Life 4 years ago from Connecticut, USA

      So happy to hear someone in the medical profession believes this will really happen creativelycc! I believe iit will too and will be watching so I can update this article.

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      Wolf 2 years ago

      This site is incredible! I say this as one who has expenierced cancer and the health/disease treatment world in great depth. I'm going to send out the link to all the folks at the cancer center and everyone else I know. Perusing the site is like a visit to your amazing office healing from first moment by the information and environment, and then through the most excellent and intelligent care. Thank you, Dr. May, again and again for all you do to promote health and raise the standard of care and awareness for us all.

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      Healthy Life 2 years ago from Connecticut, USA

      Hi Wolf,

      Your kind words made my day! My motivation for this site is a strong desire to help others after going through the cancer experience myself. I hope this site helps others at the cancer center. I also hope you are doing well.

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