Heat Shock Protein-Based Cancer Vaccines

Kelvin P. Lee, Luis E. Raez, Eckhard R. Podack

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The ability to duplicate the remarkable success of infectious disease vaccines in cancer, with durably robust and highly specific antitumor immune responses, has been long held as one of the keys in developing true "magic bullet" cancer therapies. This article attempts to explain why cancer vaccines have failed (so far), delineate the increasingly complex barriers that prevent the eliciting of effective antitumor immunity and examines the ability of heat shock protein-based vaccines to overcome these barriers. This article is not a definitive compendium of the huge body of relevant literature but rather focuses on the major concepts underlying active specific immunotherapy in general and heat shock protein vaccines in particular.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)637-659
Number of pages23
JournalHematology/Oncology Clinics of North America
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jun 1 2006

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Hematology
  • Oncology


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