We're Slowly Recruiting Viruses To Treat Cancer
The FDA approved the first cancer-fighting virus this week, but it likely won't be the last. Viruses are now being tested on nearly every cancer.By Steven Sparkman | October 29, 2015
When the FDA approved the first cancer-fighting virus for use this week, it began what you might call a new age in cancer treatment.
The treatment, manufactured by Amgen, is a special herpes virus engineered to attack melanoma cells while leaving healthy cells alone.
It's the first so-called oncolytic virus to get FDA approval, but it almost certainly won't be the last. There are dozens of clinical trials underway testing other viruses against other cancers.