Measles Vaccine As a Cancer Cure?
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A common and deadly form of blood cancer could be treated using the measles vaccine. Published in the journal Mayo Clinic Proceedings, Steven Russell, MD, and colleagues administered a significantly high dose of the vaccine intravenously to two patients with incurable late-stage myeloma who had no detectable neutralizing antimeasles antibodies. It is reported that one patient’s widespread tumors have been completely eliminated, with the other patient seeing improvement in soft tissue lesions. It is believed that the measles virus in the vaccine infects and destroys the cancer cells in the bloodstream. The researchers plan to begin a phase 2 clinical trial on additional patients and possibly expand to testing it on ovarian, brain, head and neck cancers, and mesothelioma.
The vaccine routinely used to prevent measles may hold promise for treating a common, and frequently deadly, type of blood cancer, according to new research published in Mayo Clinic Proceedings. The vaccine was tested against late-stage incurable myeloma, a type of blood cancer that grows in the plasma cells of bone marrow, and doctors say it completely eliminated a patient's widespread tumors.
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