Welcome!

News Feed Item

Ovarian Cancer Vaccine Clinical Trial Extended to Two Additional Cancer Treatment Centers of America Hospitals

FDA Study Aimed at Harnessing Immune System to Fight Tumors Now Available at All Five Hospital Sites

CHICAGO, Jan. 8, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Cancer Treatment Centers of America® (CTCA), a leading provider of innovative cancer care for patients living with complex and advanced-stage disease, is now enrolling patients in an ovarian cancer vaccine clinical trial at all five of its hospital sites.  CTCA Western Regional Medical Center (WRMC) in suburban Phoenix, Arizona and Southeastern Regional Medical Center (SERMC) in suburban Atlanta, GA are the two newest sites to participate in the Phase I/II study.  The study evaluates the safety and the immune stimulating activity of this unique ovarian cancer vaccine therapy in patients with recurrent ovarian cancer.

(Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20090612/CTCALOGO)

The American Cancer Society ranks ovarian cancer as the ninth most common cancer among women, and it is the fifth leading cause of cancer-related deaths in women. It is estimated that there will be about 22,240 new cases of ovarian cancer in the U.S. in this year, and that more than 14,000 women will die of the disease in 2013. Currently, 1 in 72 women will be diagnosed with ovarian cancer and there is a 1 in 100 chance that, in a woman's lifetime, she will develop the disease.

The study is being conducted at all Cancer Treatment Centers of America hospitals. Eligible participants must have recurrent ovarian cancer.  Participants must first undergo surgery at a CTCA hospital to remove the ovarian tumor.  Patients become eligible for the vaccine trial when it is determined that enough tumor cells have been harvested from the resected tumor to create the vaccine.

CTCA, in consort with the trial's sponsor Avax Technologies, Inc., will create a personalized vaccine, using each patient's own tumor cells that have been surgically removed.  These cells will be chemically-modified in the Avax laboratories by a proprietary process designed to increase the immunologic response to the patient's ovarian cancer.    

"This is another example of the emergence of personalized medicine into the field of oncology," noted Maurie Markman, MD, CTCA Senior Vice President, Clinical Affairs and National Director, Medical Oncology.  "The potential for vaccine therapy is enormous and we are extremely pleased to be leading this study."

Additional information about the vaccine trial, ovarian cancer, and ovarian cancer treatment can be found at cancercenter.com/ovarian-cancer

About Cancer Treatment Centers of America
Cancer Treatment Centers of America, Inc. (CTCA) is a national network of hospitals focusing on complex and advanced stage cancer.  CTCA offers a comprehensive, fully integrated approach to cancer treatment and serves patients from all 50 states at facilities located in Atlanta, Chicago, Philadelphia, Phoenix and Tulsa.  Known for delivering the Mother Standard® of care and Patient Empowerment Medicine®, CTCA provides patients with information about cancer and their treatment options so they can control their treatment decisions.  For more information about CTCA, go to www.cancercenter.com.

About Avax Technologies, Inc.
Avax Technologies, Inc. specializes in the development and commercialization of a universal cancer immuno-therapeutic, the Autologous Cell "(AC) Vaccine™ Technology. The AC Vaccine™ Platform is a patented, therapeutic approach that stimulates the patient's own immune system to recognize, contain and eliminate cancer using the most relevant tumor antigens, the Patients own tumor cells. 

SOURCE Cancer Treatment Centers of America

More Stories By PR Newswire

Copyright © 2007 PR Newswire. All rights reserved. Republication or redistribution of PRNewswire content is expressly prohibited without the prior written consent of PRNewswire. PRNewswire shall not be liable for any errors or delays in the content, or for any actions taken in reliance thereon.

Latest Stories
IoT is rapidly changing the way enterprises are using data to improve business decision-making. In order to derive business value, organizations must unlock insights from the data gathered and then act on these. In their session at @ThingsExpo, Eric Hoffman, Vice President at EastBanc Technologies, and Peter Shashkin, Head of Development Department at EastBanc Technologies, discussed how one organization leveraged IoT, cloud technology and data analysis to improve customer experiences and effi...
Let’s face it, embracing new storage technologies, capabilities and upgrading to new hardware often adds complexity and increases costs. In his session at 18th Cloud Expo, Seth Oxenhorn, Vice President of Business Development & Alliances at FalconStor, discussed how a truly heterogeneous software-defined storage approach can add value to legacy platforms and heterogeneous environments. The result reduces complexity, significantly lowers cost, and provides IT organizations with improved efficienc...
Organizations planning enterprise data center consolidation and modernization projects are faced with a challenging, costly reality. Requirements to deploy modern, cloud-native applications simultaneously with traditional client/server applications are almost impossible to achieve with hardware-centric enterprise infrastructure. Compute and network infrastructure are fast moving down a software-defined path, but storage has been a laggard. Until now.
The Internet of Things will challenge the status quo of how IT and development organizations operate. Or will it? Certainly the fog layer of IoT requires special insights about data ontology, security and transactional integrity. But the developmental challenges are the same: People, Process and Platform and how we integrate our thinking to solve complicated problems. In his session at 19th Cloud Expo, Craig Sproule, CEO of Metavine, will demonstrate how to move beyond today's coding paradigm ...
Internet of @ThingsExpo, taking place November 1-3, 2016, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA, is co-located with the 19th International Cloud Expo and will feature technical sessions from a rock star conference faculty and the leading industry players in the world and ThingsExpo Silicon Valley Call for Papers is now open.
"We view the cloud not really as a specific technology but as a way of doing business and that way of doing business is transforming the way software, infrastructure and services are being delivered to business," explained Matthew Rosen, CEO and Director at Fusion, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at 18th Cloud Expo, held June 7-9, 2016, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY.
Big Data engines are powering a lot of service businesses right now. Data is collected from users from wearable technologies, web behaviors, purchase behavior as well as several arbitrary data points we’d never think of. The demand for faster and bigger engines to crunch and serve up the data to services is growing exponentially. You see a LOT of correlation between “Cloud” and “Big Data” but on Big Data and “Hybrid,” where hybrid hosting is the sanest approach to the Big Data Infrastructure pro...
A critical component of any IoT project is what to do with all the data being generated. This data needs to be captured, processed, structured, and stored in a way to facilitate different kinds of queries. Traditional data warehouse and analytical systems are mature technologies that can be used to handle certain kinds of queries, but they are not always well suited to many problems, particularly when there is a need for real-time insights.
"My role is working with customers, helping them go through this digital transformation. I spend a lot of time talking to banks, big industries, manufacturers working through how they are integrating and transforming their IT platforms and moving them forward," explained William Morrish, General Manager Product Sales at Interoute, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at 18th Cloud Expo, held June 7-9, 2016, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY.
In his session at 18th Cloud Expo, Sagi Brody, Chief Technology Officer at Webair Internet Development Inc., and Logan Best, Infrastructure & Network Engineer at Webair, focused on real world deployments of DDoS mitigation strategies in every layer of the network. He gave an overview of methods to prevent these attacks and best practices on how to provide protection in complex cloud platforms. He also outlined what we have found in our experience managing and running thousands of Linux and Unix ...
Continuous testing helps bridge the gap between developing quickly and maintaining high quality products. But to implement continuous testing, CTOs must take a strategic approach to building a testing infrastructure and toolset that empowers their team to move fast. Download our guide to laying the groundwork for a scalable continuous testing strategy.
With 15% of enterprises adopting a hybrid IT strategy, you need to set a plan to integrate hybrid cloud throughout your infrastructure. In his session at 18th Cloud Expo, Steven Dreher, Director of Solutions Architecture at Green House Data, discussed how to plan for shifting resource requirements, overcome challenges, and implement hybrid IT alongside your existing data center assets. Highlights included anticipating workload, cost and resource calculations, integrating services on both sides...
"We are a well-established player in the application life cycle management market and we also have a very strong version control product," stated Flint Brenton, CEO of CollabNet,, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at 18th Cloud Expo, held June 7-9, 2016, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY.
In his session at @DevOpsSummit at 19th Cloud Expo, Yoseph Reuveni, Director of Software Engineering at Jet.com, will discuss Jet.com's journey into containerizing Microsoft-based technologies like C# and F# into Docker. He will talk about lessons learned and challenges faced, the Mono framework tryout and how they deployed everything into Azure cloud. Yoseph Reuveni is a technology leader with unique experience developing and running high throughput (over 1M tps) distributed systems with extre...
"Software-defined storage is a big problem in this industry because so many people have different definitions as they see fit to use it," stated Peter McCallum, VP of Datacenter Solutions at FalconStor Software, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at 18th Cloud Expo, held June 7-9, 2016, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY.