A case report in 2017 showed that the HPV vaccine Gardasil reduced the number of new skin cancer cells in two patients. Tim Ioannides is a renowned dermatologist, who has suggested that the vaccine should be injected directly into tumors to inhibit their growth.
Tim Ioannides, MD is the founder of Treasure Coast Dermatology, a multi-location dermatology practice with a proactive approach to medical care.
Ioannides also plays an important role in educating future dermatologists in dermatologic surgery and reconstructive surgery as a Voluntary Associate Professor at the University of Miami School of Medicine.
Previous research suggested that the human papilloma virus could play a role in the development of skin cancer; however, the fact that cancer can be fought with the vaccine is new to the medical field. Go To This Page for additional information.
According to Tim Ioannides, surgery is the standard course of action for most people with skin cancer. However, when a 97 year old woman visited her dermatologist, she was told that she wasn’t a candidate for surgery. She was told the number and size of her tumors ruled her out. She had no other options than to give Gardasil a try.
Hopes weren’t high going in. Gardasil is only approved to treat cervical, anal, vulvar, and vaginal cancers, but doctors had no other options.
“I think we had a really reasonable expectation and good data that this was actually going to, at the very least, do no harm to this patients,” said Tim Ioannides.
He never expected the vaccine to have such a wonderful effect on the patient. After four injections, give over an 11 month period, all of her tumors were done. The patient is still alive and over 100 years old.
This is just one example how medicine can be used unexpectedly with great results. Surgery wasn’t even guaranteed to rid the woman of all her tumors; however, the HPV vaccine did wonders in this case.
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