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Feb 22, 2010 2:49 PM by Bethany Tucker

New lung cancer vaccine trial first of its kind on Central Coast

A Santa Maria-based medical practice is teaming up with Marian Medical Center's Cancer Services to become the first facility on the Central Coast to test out a new lung cancer vaccine for clinical trials.

Central Coast Medical Oncology and Marian Medical Center are now participating in the trial of Lucanix. Researchers say the vaccine is for patients with non-small cell lung cancer that has been in development for more than 20 years. This trial is considered the final step before the vaccine can get Federal Drug Administration approval.

In a press release, Katherine Guthrie, Regional Oncology Director of CHW Central Coast Service Areas said, "Our community has been gifted with this unique opportunity to work closely with UCLA and be a part of the most recent medical oncology advances. The goal of participating in clinical trials is to successfully prolong the lives and enable healthier living for cancer patients, but ultimately the purpose is to develop a cure for cancer."

The clinical trial is open to people between the ages of 18 and 75 that met a specific advanced stage disease treatment status. To participate in the Lucanix trial in Santa Maria, just call Alison Fernandez at (805) 739-3724.

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