Breakthrough in Brain Tumor Treatment.
Research at the University of Leeds and the Institute of Cancer Research in the UK shows that a therapeutic virus injected into the bloodstream can target aggressive brain tumors. The virus, part of the reovirus family, can infect cancer cells without affecting healthy cells, and also help the immune system find and attack cancer cells. The brain is protected by the blood-brain barrier from toxins that can cause disease, A small study of nine patients with brain tumors showed that the virus succeeded in reaching their tumors, and that it triggered their body’s immune system to attack the cancer. The treatment may have the potential to target other cancers (Science Translational Medicine, Jan. 2, 2018).
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