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Cuba Has Developed A CURE FOR LUNG CANCER And The USA Desperately Wants It

13.05.2015  |  11:58
Cuba Has Developed A CURE FOR LUNG CANCER And The USA Desperately Wants It

Relations between Cuba and The States have long been frosty to say the least, but something tells me Uncle Sam is about to come knocking after Cuban scientists developed this vaccine.

In short – Cuba may be about to rid the world of lung cancer. Music to the Obama administrations’ ears, as they look set to end their 55-year trade embargo with the island nation.

Cuban scientists spent decades developing a lung cancer vaccine, called Cimavax. The Cuban government started distributing Cimavax to citizens for free in 2011. The vaccine targets a protein called epidermal growth factor, which cancerous cells generate in order to signal others to grow out of control.

Lung cancer accounts for about 27% of all cancer deaths and is by far the leading cause of cancer death among both men and women. Overall, the chance that a man will develop lung cancer in his lifetime is about 1 in 13; for a woman, the risk is about 1 in 16. With such shocking statistics, this vaccine has the potential to be an absolute game changer, giving lung cancer the F you once and for all.

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Though the vaccine doesn’t target the tumor itself, the vaccine can make even a late-stage tumor manageable; experiments in 2008 showed lung cancer patients that received the vaccine lived four to six months longer on average than those that didn’t. This efficacy inspired some European countries and Japan to start clinical trials of their own, progress on which the U.S. had been woefully behind thanks to icy diplomatic relations with Cuba.

But The States have been forced to accelerate plans to bury the hatchet after the vaccine proved its worth. Now researchers at the Roswell Park Cancer Institute in Buffalo, New York have made an agreement with their Cuban counterparts to start clinical trials of the vaccine in hopes for FDA approval,

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Wired reports.

The Roswell Park researchers hope to evaluate the vaccine as a possible method of prevention, like a typical vaccine, and to see if it works with other types of cancer that used the same protein.

Cuba Has Developed A CURE FOR LUNG CANCER And The USA Desperately Wants It. 379.jpegCuba has long been known for cigars, rum and baseball but under Fidel and Raul Castro’s leadership, they have become world leaders in developing preventative treatments. They now have a higher life expectancy than the U.S. despite spending a pittance comparatively.

The institute in Cuba claim they still have work to do with the treatment and want to make it into a more traditional vaccine, like one for measles or mumps, which would prevent lung cancer in people for life.

“Investigators from around the world are trying to crack the nut of cancer. The Cubans are thinking in ways that are novel and clever.” states biologist Thomas Rothstein.
Although President Obama has used his executive power to lift some restrictions against medical and research equipment, Congress must lift the Cuban embargo before collaborative research can ramp up.
For the U.S., reestablishing positive relations with Cuba means more than imports of the world’s best cigars — it could mean a better way to stop their damage.

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