'Virotherapy' Breakthrough at Mayo Clinic, New One Shot Cure for Cancer?
Posted by Brandon Hedges & Matt Barker on Thursday, May 15, 2014 at 12:00 AM By Brandon Hedges & Matt Barker / May 15, 2014 Comment
according to the Mayo Clinic it is rarely cured. With this backdrop, Erholtz essentially gained everything as her cancer became undetectable. Although 'Virotherapy' as a concept for curing cancer has been around since the 1950s, its success has been somewhat limited (especially in terms of diffused cancer that's not concentrated in one major tumor). Although too early to tell, researchers believe that the answer might be in the sheer number of infectious units they dump into the system at once; another subject in the same experiment had lesser success with a lower dose. The key being to overwhelm the body (and cancer) with the virus before it has a chance to create the necessary antibodies to attack the new invader (yes, ironically the body is protecting the cancer in this way). This is an immense and exciting step forward for the fields of science and medicine, but SciFi fans like myself can't help but cringe a little with our underlying paranoia. This is totally like the beginning of I Am Legend where Virotherapy leads to vampire-zombie-mutant people! I am of course referring to the 2007 film starring Will Smith, not the book which itself blames the pandemic on war and mosquitoes. Image via: Flickr