Improving Standard Therapies

Dr. Brad Nelson (2003 and 2004 Research Grants)

Dr. Brad Nelson’s research hopes to improve popular prostate cancer treatments like hormone therapy and radiation. In March 2007, he published a study that showed for the first time that, in addition to fighting cancer themselves, these therapies also stimulate the body’s own immune system to fight tumours.

Dr. Nelson identified 21 specific antigens that are released by prostate tumours and attacked by the immune system. He is now using these antigens to develop a drug that can improve the immune-friendly effects of radiation and hormone therapy. Ultimately, this drug – which would be given to men before treatment - could be a cost effective way of making therapy more effective and help men live longer.



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