Using One Disease To Fight Another
J. Lee: Doctors at Duke University are using polio, one of the “most potent cell-killing viruses there is” to attack brain tumors. Beyond the obvious remarkable, pioneering and creative thinking of the doctors, as well as the brave, faithful and courageous patients to first try it, this story is so amazing it astounds me that we don’t hear about it more. Only four percent of brain cancer patients survive beyond three years but so far 21% of the study’s patients have made it at least that long. Furthermore, the implications are staggering: could this be applied to other types of cancerous cells or different diseases altogether? This is the kind of stuff we need to hear more about on a regular basis. Carry on, wise doctors.