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#cancer #vaccine #PrenatalCare

#Doctor, could you comment on these topics to the #media today?

>> A vaccine to treat cancer

>> Health care ride sharing

The Med & Mic™ 04.17.23

MED NEWS blog post from Dr. Maria ON Speaking, LLC

Vaccine Against Melanoma

In early studies, an mRNA vaccine, called a neoantigen cancer vaccine, reduces a patient’s risk of melanoma relapse or death when taken with immunotherapy. The vaccine targets proteins that come from the individual’s unique tumor mutations. In the study, 157 participants with melanoma that had spread to a lymph node were assigned to get immunotherapy alone or immunotherapy plus the vaccine. They were followed for two years. At 18 months, 79% of the vaccine group had recurrence-free survival compared to 62% for the group receiving only immunotherapy. Larger Phase III trials will start soon. The findings were presented at the American Association for Cancer Research Annual Meeting 2023. (Source: Cancer Health, L. Highleyman, 4.16.23)

Uber in Health Care?

In 2021 and 2022, Uber provided hundreds of free rides for pregnant patients to their prenatal appointments in Washington, D.C. Uber says that in the pilot program participants were 5% more likely to get prenatal care, and now it would like insurance companies to pick up the tab. The process is easier when a clinic has a ride coordinator to help patients find their car and driver. (Source: STAT news, M. Ravindranath, 4.17.23)

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