The findings of the study reveal that polio virus could be used to cure patients with brain tumor or brain cancer.
The researches at the Preston Robert Tisch Brain Tumor Center at Duke University were conducting an anti cancer research.
At present surgery, chemotherapy and radiation therapies are used for treating the cancer.
The researchers say that the early testing was successful and ongoing trials look promising and if everything works well then they could use polio virus to treat brain cancer.
They added, “The idea of targeting cancer with viruses has been around for at least 100 years. However, valid strategies of using ‘oncolytic’ (cancer-fighting) viruses emerged only recently. This is mostly due to technological advances in genetic engineering of viruses, to work against cancers in patients, oncolytic viruses must target cancer cells for infection and they must kill them. At the same time, they must be safe. Accomplishing this is very difficult scientifically and only very few viruses are suitable as cancer-fighting agents in the clinic. We achieved this feat be genetic engineering to remove polio virus’ inherent disease-causing ability.”
They say that in near future polio virus would hopefully be one of the treatment options for brain cancer.