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Using man made viruses to combat skin cancer

 
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PostPosted: Wed May 27, 2015 6:16 am    Post subject: Using man made viruses to combat skin cancer Reply with quote

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Scientists have the first proof that a “brand new” way of combating cancer, using genetically modified viruses to attack tumour cells, can benefit patients, paving the way for a “wave” of new potential treatments over the next decade.


Specialists at the NHS Royal Marsden Hospital and the Institute of Cancer Research (ICR) confirmed that melanoma skin cancer patients treated with a modified herpes virus (the virus that causes cold sores) had improved survival – a world first.

In some patients, the improvements were striking. Although all had aggressive, inoperable malignant melanoma, those treated with the virus therapy – known as T-VEC – at an earlier stage survived on average 20 months longer than patients given an alternative.






http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/health-and-families/health-news/world-first-as-scientists-provide-proof-that-viruses-can-combat-cancer-10277315.html
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