At the Cancer Vaccine Institute, we’re creating a world where cancer is no longer a threat - and we’re some of the foremost experts in the world. Our work focuses on using your own immune system to better fight and fend off cancer. Immunology isn't a novel scientific discipline, but what is groundbreaking is how we're using it to create a world where a cancer diagnosis is no longer a terrifying thing.
Immunotherapy uses a person's own immune system to fight diseases, like cancer. Vaccines and immunology have been mainstream conversation since SARS-CoV-2 changed everyday life in early 2020. We've seen, in real-time, how immunizations are used to end pandemics. And just like many of the new COVID-19 vaccines target the virus' spike protein, our cancer vaccines target proteins that are present in high levels in cancer tissue, and teach the immune system how to elicit the Type 1 response the immune system needs to ultimately attack the cancer cells. We've found that our vaccines are safe and effective, and that booster vaccines can keep the immune system fending off cancer relapse years later.
It’s groundbreaking work, currently focused on the cancers that make up more than half of diagnoses and deaths in the United States, including breast, colon, ovarian, lung, prostate, bladder, and sarcoma.
Igniting YOUR Immune System to End Cancer
Current Clinical Trials
Cancer immunology is an extremely new and exciting field. We're constantly learning more about how the immune system interacts with cancer, and are developing new treatments that can be used alongside surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation.
"I participated in a clinical trial because it was a shot at extending my life - a bucket of hope when I had no hope. The vaccines seemed like a nontoxic alternative to other treatments. It worked."
— Kim C, CVI Patient
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