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The End of Cancer?

Disis, Nora-X

By Robert Lerner

Can we be witnessing the beginning of the end of cancer? Not “the end” as in eradicating it completely from the planet as we have done with small pox and have nearly done with polio, because cancer is not an enemy from without, but rather an enemy from within—rooted in our very biology. Instead, “the end”—as in drastically minimizing its impact on our lives—through early diagnosis, less invasive therapies, and vaccines. That’s right; vaccines like the ones you got as a child against measles, mumps, whooping cough, and polio could be the next step.

If Dr. Nora Disis gets her way, soon you may be administered a vaccine that may protect you against certain common cancers as an adult—kind of like adult vaccines against shingles—for dodging cancer’s bullet entirely.

i3: Ideas that Inform and Inspire is pleased to announce a presentation by Dr. Nora Disis on Saturday, October 21, at 5pm at La Casona conference center on Salida Celaya (across from Luna de Quesa). Tickets are available online at i3SMA.org. or at the door. Admission is 250 pesos or US $14.

Dr. Disis is the Associate Dean for Translational Health Sciences at the University of Washington School of Medicine, Professor of Medicine and Adjunct Professor of Pathology and Obstetrics and Gynecology at UW, and a Member of the FHCRC. She is the Director of both the UW Institute of Translational Health Science and the UW Medicine Cancer Vaccine Institute. She is also the editor of JAMA Oncology.

Her special interest is in immunology and immunotherapy of ovarian and breast cancers. Her research involves investigating common molecular signatures among related cancers that can be targeted by T-cells of our body’s own immune system that in turn trigger a cascade of immunodefenses that stop cancer in its tracks.

These vaccines are already available to people who have fought off cancer and been given a diagnosis of “no evidence of disease,” a diagnosis that inevitably comes with the warning that metastases are not uncommon, and recommendation that the patient undergo preventative therapies ranging from hormone therapy to chemotherapy. Now there is another option: a vaccine, soon to be available as a preventative for the healthy adult population.

Cancer touches us all—directly or through the life of a loved one. Come learn about the latest in detection and treatment from one of the world’s best!

 

Lecture

i3: Ideas that Inform and Inspire presents “The End of Cancer?”

By Dr. Nora Disis

Sat, Oct 21, 5pm

La Casona Conference Center

Salida Celaya 77

250 pesos or US $14

Available on line at i3sma.org or at the door

 

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