A vaccine against gastroenteritis could be useful in the fight against cancer

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Researchers have shown that the vaccine against gastroenteritis can be helpful in curing cancer. An injection directly into the tumors would make them regress or even disappear when the vaccine is combined with immunotherapies.

A vaccine against gastroenteritis could have positive effects in the treatment of cancers (photo illustration). | JAMES AKENA / REUTERS


  • A vaccine against gastroenteritis could have positive effects in the treatment of cancers (photo illustration).
    A vaccine against gastroenteritis could have positive effects in the treatment of cancers (photo illustration). | JAMES AKENA / REUTERS

Researchers from the Cancer Research Center of Lyon and the Léon Bérard Center have demonstrated the effectiveness of the vaccine against gastroenteritis in the treatment and cure of cancer.

According to their study published in Translational Medicine and relayed by BFMTV this Thursday, the vaccine would lift resistance to immunotherapy.

For their work, scientists tested different vaccines available on the market. They found that those against Rotavirus, which are responsible for gastroenteritis, could be helpful.

Raise resistance to immunotherapy

"Our results show that Rotaviruses contained in vaccines (…) can make immunotherapy sensitive to tumors that are naturally resistant.", explains Christophe Caux, one of the authors of the study, quoted by BFMTV.

Researchers believe the vaccine would not only be effective at killing cancer cells in vitro but also to provide an anti-tumor immune response in vivo when combined with immunotherapies.

The addition of these two treatments would make all tumors disappear, according to the study. From now on, more tests must be done to continue to advance on this subject.

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