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Measles Vaccine Could Eradicate Cancer As Medical Trial Leads to Remission

A clinical trial in Minnesota has confirmed that patients can fight some cancers by being administered viral intrav...

Measles Vaccine Could Eradicate Cancer As Medical Trial Leads to Remission

A clinical trial in Minnesota has confirmed that patients can fight some cancers by being administered viral intravenous injections. This was the case with the 50-year old Minnesota patient, Stacy Erholtz, who had blood cancer and was given a heavy dose of the measles vaccine. The vaccination wiped out her blood cancer.

 

As Erholtz was starting to run out of treatment options, she joined the Mayo Clinic trial. Erholtz was injected with a high dose of measles vaccine, so strong that 10 million people could have been inoculated. What's impressive is that, upon the injection, the cancer, which had spread through Erholtz's whole body, became entirely "undetectable" for the lead project researcher, Dr. Stephen Russell.

 

Dr. Russell says, "It's a landmark. We've known for a long time that we can give a virus intravenously and destroy metastatic cancer in mice. Nobody's shown that you can do that in people before."

 

Dr. John Bell, from the Centre for Innovative Cancer Research in Ottawa, said, "Without trying to hype it too much, it is a very significant discovery. [It was a] benchmark to strive for and improve upon."

 

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Researches are familiar with the idea that viruses can kill cancer in animals. The virus hooks onto a cancerous tumor and then replicates within it. The cancer cells eventually collapse and give way to the virus. Doctors either inject the virus directly into the tumor, or inject it into the bloodstream, so that it finds its way to the tumor. Erholtz's trial was conducted with the latter method, due to the nature of her tumor.

 

Doctors from all over the world have been conducting research with a range of cancer-killing viruses, and they have achieved long-lasting success curing cancers in animal studies. Dr. Bell notes, "Many have been tried in humans but no one has shown this type of systemic activity [seen in the Mayo study]."

 

Stacy Erholtz hopes to remain cancer-free when her yearly check-up comes next month. Despite her illness, she is optimistic: "We don't let the cancer cloud hang over our house or we would have lived in the dark the last 10 years."

 

The wonderful news of Stacy Erholtz's cancer remission comes at the same time as the Center for Disease Control and Prevention struggles with containing a measles outbreak in Ohio. Measles has infected 68 people so far, which is second to the largest US measles outbreak in the last 18 years.

 

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