Researchers at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania performed a clinical trial using a modified cold virus to see how it would react with mesothelioma tumors. Nine mesothelioma patients were injected with the adenovirus, a modified version of the common cold, and the virus began attacking the tumors.
Mesothelioma is a deadly cancer, linked to the exposure of asbestos. It is very rare and very difficult to both diagnose and treat. Mesothelioma affects the lining of the lungs, heart and chest, but symptoms may not develop for up to 50 years after initial asbestos exposure. Although there are treatments for it, such as chemotherapy, radiation and surgery, there is currently no cure.
The scientists altered the cold virus to contain high levels of interferon-alpha, an immune system stimulant that helps the body fight off viral infections and some cancers. All nine patients had varying degrees of the cancer and after being treated, some showed signs that their immune systems continued to fight the tumors.
Of the nine who were treated, five experienced tumor regression or stability. However, those with more advanced mesothelioma did not respond.
The studyâ€™s author, Dr. Steven M. Albelda, said the treatment may help patients in the early stages of the disease.
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