Cancer: Can Viruses Help?







Scientists have found a possible new treatment therapy for cancer patients called ‘reovirus therapy’ which they hope will aid traditional treatments like chemotherapy. It involves the virus being injected into the bloodstream.

The particular virus causes flu-like symptoms in the host. However it also crosses the blood-brain barrier and research has shown that the virus helps to encourage the body’s immune system to attack tumours more actively by making the cancer cells more visible to the body’s defence system.

10 patients have currently been treated using this method and experts at Leeds university are looking to treat more patients in the future.

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