‘Trojan-horse’ cancer treatment breakthrough

28 December 2012

A special and currently experimental “Trojan-horse” cancer treatment has successfully removed prostrate cancer in tests done on mice.

In trials, researchers came up with the idea to use a clever way of fighting tumours by deceiving it, the BBC reported.

They effectively hid cancer-destroying viruses inside of the immune system, the idea being that they could “tiptoe” into the tumour.

Once they had managed to get into the tumour undetected, they revealed themselves, with tens of thousands of these viruses being unleashed to kill the cancer.

"It demonstrates that this innovative method of delivering a tumour-killing virus direct to the cancer site is successful at reducing the development of advanced prostate tumours in mice,” Dr Kate Holmes, head of research at Prostate Cancer UK, told the BBC.

"If this treatment goes on to be successful in human trials, it could mark substantial progress in finding better treatments for men with prostate cancer which has spread to the bone."

The NHS responded to the findings in a positive but cautious manner, stating that while this is exciting news, it is still in its infancy.

Posted by Edward Bartel

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