It’s not often that we get to report on something positive and exciting for the entire human race, but here we have such a story. Last night 60 Minutes reported on a study that Duke University has been conducting that might cure brain cancer, and possibly other cancers as well. Surprisingly, the cure might be doses of the polio virus.
The patients in this study have glioblastoma which is “highly malignant because the cells reproduce quickly and they are supported by a large network of blood vessels.”
Small amounts (about half a teaspoon) of the polio virus are dripped into the tumor over the course of six and a half hours. This single dose has been effective in a couple dozen people. However, larger more aggressive doses have not produced the same results.
You might be asking yourself why these people would knowingly allow doctors to inject a potentially deadly virus into their brains. Well, the answer is two-fold. First, they are already living on borrowed time and literally have nothing to lose. Second, the doctor explains that the brain is a “tight space” and polio is a “relatively big molecule” so the distance it can travel is limited.
Initially, the tumors appeared to get bigger, but what was happening was the body’s immune system was taking over and killing the tumor and the polio.
Dr. Matthias Gromeier is the man behind the breakthrough. He is a molecular biologist and has been working on this therapy for over 25 years. There are several virus-based cancer treatments being studied, but Gromeier chose polio because “it seeks out and attaches to a receptor that is found on the surface of the cells that make up nearly every kind of solid tumor. It’s almost as if polio had evolved for the purpose.”
Forbes magazine asked a sickeningly capitalistic question, “How can a company make money on a one-time treatment?” Maybe they are doing it for humanity and not the money. Maybe.
WATCH the fascinating story here:
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