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Monoclonal Antibodies

Describe how monoclonal antibodies can be used as vaccines against certain types of tumors.

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1. Describe how monoclonal antibodies can be used as vaccines against certain types of tumors.

Monoclonal antibodies are defined as "laboratory-produced antibodies that can locate and bind to specific cancer cells anywhere in the body. Each monoclonal antibody recognizes a different protein on specific cancer cells. Monoclonal antibodies are used in cancer detection as well as in cancer therapy. They can be used alone or to deliver drugs, toxins, or radioactive material directly to a tumor". (http://sarcomahelp.org/learning_center/articles/immunotherapy.html)

In fact, there are two types of monoclonal antibodies used in cancer treatments to target cancerous tumors and cancer cells:

1. Monoclonal antibodies without any drug or radioactive material attached to them: These are referred to as "naked" monoclonal antibodies. Naked antibodies attach ...

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The expert describes how monoclonal antibodies can be used as vaccines against certain types of tumors. References are provided.

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