A new treatment for brain cancer has been revealed following a study by Researchers from Preston Robert Tisch Brain Tumor Center who were conducting an anticancer research. The findings of the study indicated that a combination of brain cancer which is one of the most devastating types of cancer and Polio that causes paralysis to anyone if not prevented can each be a cure to the other.
Surgery, chemotherapy and radiation therapies are the common methods that are used to treat cancer. However, researchers say that their testing was a success from the very beginning and after several attempts. The ongoing trials are also seemingly promising and according to them if all goes well, Polio virus is likely to become the new medication for treating brain cancer. Never the less the treatment would still be accompanied by radiation and chemotherapies.
The Researchers have said that this aspect of using polio to treat cancer is not new in any way. It has been around for close to a 100 years. The only strategy that is new is the aspect of using ‘oncolytic’ (cancer-fighting) viruses which has been made possible by technological advancement in genetic engineering of viruses.
Oncolytic viruses must first be safe before targeting cancer cells for infection so as to kill them. However, this is not easy to accomplish scientifically as explained by a professor of neurosurgery, molecular genetics, and microbiology Dr. Gromeier because only very few viruses are suitable as cancer-fighting. This is the simple reason that the use of genetic engineering came into play.
Up to now only five brain tumor patients have been treated as the research is said to still be at its infancy stages. Researchers are however optimistic and have their plans underway for additional FDA-approved phase two and three studies which should involve a large number of cancer patients who will include both adults and children.
Polio being a life – threatening and infectious disease has since been eradicated as a result of the introduction of the polio vaccine in the 1950s.