(Image Source: University of Sheffield News)

BY JOHN O’CONNOR

ANCHOR NEVILLE MILLER

An experimental new treatment in the U.K. is giving patients of cancer something to be excited about. The treatment — nicknamed the “Trojan-horse Therapy” — involves hiding cancer killing viruses inside the immune system.  

The BBC reports a group of medical experts in London extracted macrophages — “a part of the immune system which normally attacks foreign invaders” — and mixed them with a cancer killing virus which just like HIV, avoids being attacked and instead becomes a passenger in the white blood cell.”  

The Yorkshire Post says the macrophages are then injected deep into a cancerous tumor after chemotherapy treatment to …

“ … smuggle in the virus which kills the cancer residue deep in the heart of what is left of tumours.” 

The Trojan Horse virus converts patients’ white blood cells into tumor-killing machines which prevent tumor regrowth after chemotherapy treatment.

And although the virus has only been tested on cancerous tumors in mice, one of the experts behind the experiment says it looks promising for human patients.

“This is very empowering for patients who have been undergoing rounds and rounds of chemotherapy … This breakthrough means that we may now have developed a way of preventing cancer coming back after frontline treatments.”  

The medical team hopes to begin human trials as early as next year. 

'Trojan-Horse Therapy' Could Transform Cancer Treatment

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Dec 23, 2012

'Trojan-Horse Therapy' Could Transform Cancer Treatment

(Image Source: University of Sheffield News)

BY JOHN O’CONNOR

ANCHOR NEVILLE MILLER

An experimental new treatment in the U.K. is giving patients of cancer something to be excited about. The treatment — nicknamed the “Trojan-horse Therapy” — involves hiding cancer killing viruses inside the immune system.  

The BBC reports a group of medical experts in London extracted macrophages — “a part of the immune system which normally attacks foreign invaders” — and mixed them with a cancer killing virus which just like HIV, avoids being attacked and instead becomes a passenger in the white blood cell.”  

The Yorkshire Post says the macrophages are then injected deep into a cancerous tumor after chemotherapy treatment to …

“ … smuggle in the virus which kills the cancer residue deep in the heart of what is left of tumours.” 

The Trojan Horse virus converts patients’ white blood cells into tumor-killing machines which prevent tumor regrowth after chemotherapy treatment.

And although the virus has only been tested on cancerous tumors in mice, one of the experts behind the experiment says it looks promising for human patients.

“This is very empowering for patients who have been undergoing rounds and rounds of chemotherapy … This breakthrough means that we may now have developed a way of preventing cancer coming back after frontline treatments.”  

The medical team hopes to begin human trials as early as next year. 

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