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Researchers attempt to turn tumor into vaccine

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A cancer research center will attempt to make a vaccine out of a North Texas teenager's lung tumor.

This week 18-year-old Carley Rutledge's lung tumor will be removed and used in cancer research.

Rutledge was 15-years-old when she was first diagnosed with Stage IV Ewing's Sarcoma in April of 2010, a year after she started having severe lower back pain.

She had a tumor in her pelvis which took 14 rounds of chemo and 43 days of radiation treatment to eliminate. She was cancer-free until the tumor in her lung appeared a couple of months ago.

Dr. Mitchell Magee will operate on Rutledge using a minimally invasive approach to extract the lump. Once it is removed a person in the operating room will transport the tumor to a lab, where researchers will attempt to make a vaccine out of it.

Rutledge will be injected with the vaccine made from her own tumor in hopes it keeps other tumors from forming.

The vaccine trial is being run by the Mary Crowley Cancer Research Center at Medical City.

The Fort Worth native started the Carley J. Rutledge Sarcoma Foundation which helps adolescents and young adults with cancer. For more information, visit

Also, get updates on her procedure on Facebook at or on Twitter at @medCityTexas.

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