Doctors recently modified the herpes simplex virus to fight skin cancer. Could the ability to kill cells by using viruses be the key to curing cancer for good?
Virotherapy: skin cancer successfully treated with herpes-based drug
“In the trial, involving more than 400 patients with aggressive melanoma, one in four patients responded to the treatment, and 16% were still in remission after six months.”
Cold Sore Virus ‘Treats Skin Cancer’
“The modified herpes virus is harmless to normal cells but when injected into tumours it replicates and releases substances to help fight the cancer.”
FDA Panel Supports Approval of T-VEC
“ T-VEC is made from a modified herpes bug and would likely be the first among a number of virus-based cancer treatments in the pharma pipeline to be approved.”
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