Former Australian of the year to trial new cancer treatment

Former Australian of the Year Ian Frazer is close to starting clinical human trials on a new vaccine that could be used to treat head and neck cancer.

Admedus Immunotherapies is working with Brisbane’s Princess Alexandra Hospital on the breakthrough, which is based on the use of Professor Frazer’s human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine.

Professor Frazer said HPV-associated cancers made up 20 per cent of all people diagnosed worldwide.

“Unfortunately, conventional treatments are not always successful,” he said in a statement on Sunday.

“Harnessing the immune system is a new way to treat these virus-associated cancers.”

Admedus Immunotherapies chief executive Neil Finlayson said the new HPV vaccine had already successfully treated tumours in mice. Read more… 

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