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Woman's cancer wiped out ... by measles virus

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Published May 15, 2014
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In a breakthrough that could offer new hope to people with some kinds of cancer, Mayo Clinic researchers say they managed to wipe out a woman's cancer with a blast of measles vaccine strong enough to inoculate 10 million people.

The 50-year-old woman's blood cancer, which had spread through her body, went into complete remission after the vaccine dose and Stacy Erholtz has been clear of the disease for more than six months.

"It's a landmark," lead researcher Dr. Stephen Russell tells the Minneapolis Star Tribune. "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." And Erholtz's take on the approach is more than positive: "It was the easiest treatment by far with very few side effects. I hope it's the future of treating cancer infusion." The trial involved two patients with multiple myeloma, and the second failed to go into complete remission, with the cancer returning after nine months.

KARE-11 reports the trial involved patients with multiple myeloma because their immune systems are so compromised they lack the ability to immediately fight off the measles, giving the virus time to attack the cancer; they also had no conventional treatment options left.

Russell explains how the process works in layman's terms: "It puts the virus into bloodstream, it infects and destroys the cancer, debulks it, and then the immune system can come and mop up the residue." Up next: larger-scale studies, and tests of the vaccine's effectiveness against ovarian, brain, head, and neck cancers, as well as mesothelioma.

They also plan to test vaccines for viruses other than measles, with the goal being to find a "single-shot" cure for many cancers.
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wow that is astounding news. wonder how they figured it out.
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wow that is astounding news. wonder how they figured it out.
Perhaps by testing/experimenting on rats or another animal.
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"mice"

How many mice died so this one woman could live? Oh the humanity! .. er miceanity! We should put up a memorial to all the dead mice and insist they do their testing on marshmallows from here on out. Or baby fetuses... that would be OK too.

All joking aside, this is wonderful news. I foresee a possible Nobel prize in these doctors future. Assuming they still give those out in this category for actual accomplishments and not political favor.
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Amazing….

We need to try this and other vaccines on cancer patients to see if there is a pattern.
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"mice"

How many mice died so this one woman could live? Oh the humanity! .. er miceanity! We should put up a memorial to all the dead mice and insist they do their testing on marshmallows from here on out. Or baby fetuses... that would be OK too.

All joking aside, this is wonderful news. I foresee a possible Nobel prize in these doctors future. Assuming they still give those out in this category for actual accomplishments and not political favor.
Did you think I am against animal testing for scientific purposes, because I most certainly am not. I was just stating how the discovery was most likely found. It is by testing on mice, rats, and other animals that we have progressed so far in terms of medical achievements. I am not one of those rights of the animal activists when it comes to medical research.
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Did you think I am against animal testing for scientific purposes, because I most certainly am not. I was just stating how the discovery was most likely found. It is by testing on mice, rats, and other animals that we have progressed so far in terms of medical achievements. I am not one of those rights of the animal activists when it comes to medical research.
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