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Tumor-Melting Virus vs. Prostate Cancer

A virus that destroys cancer cells but leaves normal cells unharmed works against prostate cancer, a human study shows.

The virus also blasts lymphoid, colon, ovarian, breast, pancreatic, brain, lung, head and neck, and other cancer cells.

The virus is called reovirus, and nearly everyone has been infected with it. But almost nobody notices, because at worst, the virus causes mild flu-like symptoms. But when it infects cancer cells, reovirus is a tiger.

For nearly a decade, researchers have been looking for ways to exploit reovirus as a nontoxic cancer treatment. Now a new study takes that search one step closer to reality.

Six prostate cancer patients at Canada's Tom Baker Cancer Center had the virus injected directly into their prostate tumors by Don G. Morris, MD, PhD, and colleagues. The patients then had their prostate glands removed by previously scheduled surgery.
 
 

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