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A novel nanoparticle vaccine halts lung cancer spread in mice by training the immune system to attack tumor cells, showing promise for post-surgery cancer prevention.

Researchers are testing a new approach to keep lung cancer from spreading in the body. They created a special nanoparticle vaccine loaded with lung tumor proteins. Nanoparticles are very tiny particles. The vaccine teaches the immune system to recognize and attack lung tumor cells.

The researchers tested the vaccine in mice with lung cancer tumors. The vaccine stopped the cancer from spreading from the lungs to other parts of the body in many mice. The vaccine worked by boosting the immune response against tumor cells. Mice treated with the vaccine lived longer than untreated mice. More research is still needed before trying this vaccine in humans. But the results in mice are promising. In the future, doctors may be able to give the vaccine after lung surgery to help prevent the cancer coming back. The vaccine idea could also work for other cancer types.

The goal is to train the body’s defenses to keep killing any leftover tumor cells.

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