Posted on June 4, 2019
While efforts are made to eradicate measles, like any other virus, discoveries are being made about its ability to fight against cancer. It not only make the cancerous cells join together and explode, but it also helps our immune system to detect these cells by stimulating it. Once this is done, our defense mechanism will identify these abnormal cells and get rid of them.
Using a virus to cure oneself from a disease is a known technique that is called virotherapy. It has been used for a long time now but it obviously comes with a risk since injecting yourself with a virus is not always a safe solution. The dosage of the injection has its importance in the process since the amount of the virus present in the bloodstream is what will determine if the tumor will be taken care of.
By injecting an important dose of an engineered version of the virus in a patient as a last resort for her, a team of doctors successfully cured this 49-year-old-woman from cancer. After injecting her and causing her to have a strong headache, a rising temperature in addition to some shaking and vomitting, the tumor that had the size of a golf ball disappeared. It took 36 hours for that to happen, and within two weeks, the patient didn't present any signs of cancer.
As a result, it can be said that virotherapy could be a solution in the fight against cancer but more research has to be done in order to properly develop this type of therapy that can turn out dangerous if not done properly.