Skip to comments.Woman’s cancer killed by measles virus in unprecedented trial
Posted on 05/15/2014 2:46:53 PM PDT by Mount Athos
Her name is Stacy Erholtz. For years, the 50-year-old mom from Pequot Lakes, Minn., battled myeloma, a blood cancer that affects bone marrow.
She had been through chemotherapy treatments and two stem cell transplants. But it wasnt enough. Soon, scans showed she had tumors growing all over her body.
One grew on her forehead, destroying a bone in her skull and pushing on her brain. Her children named it Evan, her doctor said. Cancer had infiltrated her bone marrow.
So, as part of a two-patient clinical trial, doctors at the Mayo Clinic injected Erholtz with 100 billion units of the measles virus enough to inoculate 10 million people.
Five minutes into the hour-long process, Erholtz got a terrible headache. Two hours later, she started shaking and vomiting. Her temperature hit 105 degrees, Stephen Russell, the lead researcher on the case, told The Washington Post early Thursday morning.
Thirty-six hours after the virus infusion was finished, she told me, Evan has started shrinking, Russell said. Over the next several weeks, the tumor on her forehead disappeared completely and, over time, the other tumors in her body did, too.
Russell said he and his team had engineered the virus to make it more suitable for cancer therapy. And, after just one dose of it, Erholtzs cancer went into remission. She has been completely cleared of the disease, Russell wrote in Mayo Clinic Proceedings. Though, in this trial, the treatments were successful on only one of the two patients.
And Tanios Bekaii-Saab, a researcher at James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Institute in Ohio, said the study must be confirmed in large randomized clinical trials where many hopes get dashed, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reported.
Unless we get to the third stage of development, we are cautiously optimistic, he said.
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Evan was evanescent?
a measles virus kills a cancer virus? just wow!
is there an antibody in the blood of those who had measles as a child that could be an anti-cancer antibody? do those who had measles have a lower lifetime incidence of cancer? this brings on a million questions.
So what is Evan, eponymous or autological?
Just recently it was posted that a 23 year old nursing student with brain cancer, when all else failed, was given an injuection into the tumor of a modified polio virus. The tumor was comletely eradicated. This was, I believe, at Johns Hopkins.
Hahnemann was right?
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