Study: Cold virus hitches a ride to kill cancer

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    Jun 18, 2012 6:38 PM GMT
    Pretty exciting news.

    http://mobile.reuters.com/article/idUSBRE85C19P20120613?irpc=932

    In a significant step forward for the development of a potential new cancer treatment, scientists have found how a common cold virus can kill tumors and trigger an immune response, like a vaccine, when injected into the blood stream. Researchers from Britain’s Leeds University and the Institute of Cancer Research (ICR) said by hitching a ride on blood cells, the virus was protected from antibodies in the blood stream that might otherwise neutralize its cancer-fighting abilities. The findings suggest viral therapies like this, called reovirus, could be injected into the blood stream at routine outpatient appointments – like standard chemotherapy – making them potentially suitable for treating a range of cancers.
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    Jun 18, 2012 6:56 PM GMT
    Only 10 patients in the study, and no conclusive results (none were said to be cured).

    Good idea in theory, but I'll wait for more research before jumping up and down with joy.