Could a measles vaccine treat blood cancers?

sign - no cancerCandis health editor, Karen Evennett shares the latest health update…

That’s what scientists are asking after an experiment injecting two cancer patients with “the highest possible dose” of an engineered measles virus. Both patients responded to the treatment and one of them went into complete remission from her multiple myeloma, say researchers at America’s Mayo Clinic. The two women were chosen for the study because their cancer had failed to respond to other treatments, the researchers say. Also, neither of the women had much previous exposure to measles, so they had few antibodies to the virus. While a lot more work has to be done to develop the treatment for other cancer sufferers, the ultimate goal is for this therapy to become a single-shot cure for cancer.

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