University of Florida Health researchers have discovered that a rabbit virus can deliver a one-two punch, killing some kinds of cancer cells while eliminating a common and dangerous complication of bone marrow transplants.
For patients with blood cancers such as leukemia and multiple myeloma, a bone marrow transplant can be both curative and perilous. It replenishes marrow lost to disease or chemotherapy but raises the risk that newly transplanted white blood cells will attack the recipient’s body.
Now researchers say the myxoma virus, found in rabbits, can do double duty, quelling the unwanted side effects of a bone marrow transplant and destroying cancer cells.
Why is it not a treatment? This is likely preliminary findings on white blood cells in a petri dish. It needs a delivery mechanism, dosage calculate and long term study… It’s like vitamin C – eating high concentrations just gets filtered out, so there’s tests about injection to bypass safeguards.
The results of new cancer drugs trials have been hailed as spectacular, with one expert claiming the potential for a cure for the disease is “definitely there”.
Immunotherapy, which uses the body’s immune system to attack cancerous cells, proved so effective that in one British-led trial, more than half of patients with advanced melanoma saw tumours shrink or brought under control, according to researchers.
The trials, a number of which have been presented at the American Society of Clinical Oncology’s annual conference in Chicago, could herald a “new era” for cancer treatments.
Hold your breath for the cost. Only one of the medications had a price stated in the video – the other I expect is being priced in the wake of new popularity. I understand that there’s a lot of money going into researching medications – lots aren’t used for their original intention. And melanoma is not the most common skin cancer, and five year survival rates are very high…
The second part to the news about the medication is the medication does not cure the cancer. Someone could be on the medication for the rest of their life…