Doctors Use Herpes Virus to Fight Brain Cancer

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It's been more than 100 years that doctors and researchers from all over the world have experimented to find ways to use a malignant virus into something good.

In the results of recent research, this seems to have gotten a bright spot. Herpes virus can be used to kill dangerous brain cancer cells called Glioblastoma Multiforme.

Quoted from Healthline, a patient who has brain cancer Glioblastoma Multiforme has an average duration of life expectancy for 15 months. This complex process for curing cancer makes the possibility of a patient recovering fairly small.

In a recent study at the University of Alabama in Birmingham, researchers used a genetic modification of the herpes virus, which in medical terms is known as G207 to treat 6 patients who had Glioblastoma multiforme and the results were promising.

"So far we have found that the virus that is given is safe and acceptable to the body. We also see that there are signs of cancer cells being killed in patients," said Dr. Gregory Friedman, a professor of hematology and oncology at the University of Alabama in Birmingham.

Doctors and researchers injected the herpes G207 virus directly which has been modified by the gene to cancer cells that nest in the patient's brain.

Of the 6 patients who followed the study 5 of them experienced positive development. And also from the experiment, there were no serious side effects experienced by patients.

Not only the herpes virus, in the future the medical world will use other viruses such as polio to treat various diseases.

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