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Using The Common Cold To Cure Cancer

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Details new treatment option for cancer sufferers that is based on Hippocrates.

I am going to detail some interesting information on an unusual approach to fighting cancer, that has it's roots in Ancient Greece.

Hippocrates said :- "give me the power to create a fever and I shall cure any disease." More than 2,500 years later this ancient wisdom has a very technical new name in the area of cancer research -oncolytic virotherapy The surprising outcome, however, is to use the common cold virus as one source of treatment. Who'd have thought that this could be a secret weapon? It's being pioneered by an Australian biotechnology group and my attention was first drawn to it on Current Affairs TV several years ago and repeated more recently.

The medical journal The Lancet, in 1971, reported that a Hungarian chicken farmer, who was suffering from advanced colorectal cancer, went into spontaneous remission when he was infected by an avian virus (ie. bird flu). At first, he was seen as some kind of faith healer and invited others to his farm to be cured. Only relatively recently have scientists clinically examined the interaction between viruses and cancer.

Associate Professor Darren Shafren of the University of Newcastle has been looking at the phenomenon for the better part of 15 years. "Even though a lot of the cases seemed anecdotal, there was something in it," he says. "This phenomenon has always been there but with the latest tools and technologies we have, we can match the right virus with the right cancer."

Shafren is the chief scientific officer with a company called Viralytics, which has been conducting trials using a virus to treat cancer patients. His work is focused on the coxsackievirus, one of the causes of the common cold. "It's a small virus, it's about one-billionth of the size of a table tennis ball," he says. "If you look at it under an electron microscope, it looks a bit like a Ferrero Rocher chocolate. The beauty with this particular virus is that it attacks cancer cells."

"If you look at a one-centimetre tumour, there is something in the order of 10 billion cancer cells in there but it's the size of a marble," Shafren says. "Micrometastases are a collection of maybe a couple of hundred cells. You'll never see them - they're too small. But the virus can detect those cells and do a mopping operation."

So it has way less side effects than chemotherapy and doctors can use it in combination to improve reoovery rates. Sixteen terminally ill cancer patients took part in the researcher's first human trials, in which a small dose of the virus was administered. Some were stabilised and, more importantly, showed no serious side effects from the treatment. Phase two trials are now under way on 63 patients in the US. The US was chosen for the trials because the country represents about 50 per cent of the global market for cancer therapies.

The downside is you get given a cold every time you get treated and that is a bit debilitating, but then again, you may eventually get stabalised or go into remission. Now all manner of other viruses are being considered to be trialled on all manner of different cancers. This could potentially be an exciting new frontier in the war on cancer.

We may still be finding our way, but the map and the route are becoming much clearer. Let's join in wishing these pioneers every success.

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7 comments on Using The Common Cold To Cure Cancer

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By melanie jean juneau on April 02, 2013 at 11:39 am

fascinating, so unexpected

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By Barbara MacDonald on April 02, 2013 at 03:25 pm

interesting...I actually read years ago that there is a cure for most is big business now though...and the thought of that makes one very angry...have u ever heard this also?

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By Credo on April 02, 2013 at 05:16 pm

Captivating news, hopeful and informative. Any break through or hope of such a cure is a blessing, especially for all those folks who coninue to struggle against this severe illness.

Thanks for sharing such inspiring news.


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By neil6 on April 08, 2013 at 11:16 am

Thank you mo9. It fascinated me too and then I saw it featured a second time. There is one highlight case study from the US patients, who has sailed solo around the Caribbean. Treatment isn't always great but the payoffs can be.

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By neil6 on April 08, 2013 at 11:21 am

Hi Barbara and it's good to meet you, having seen some of your articles I realise this is a very personal topic, as it is for me also. Yes, there is a net-based conspiracy regarding certain miraculous herbal cures. I've read and discussed with a botanist the properties of the soursop plant. Not yet proven to research standards, but it's claim is to be 10,000 times better than chemo. Sounds dramatic, but even if it was only ten times better, it's worth looking at.

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By neil6 on April 08, 2013 at 12:04 pm

Thank you Credo, for both your comment and review and yes, it was a pleasure for me also to share some good news in thsi often bleak topic. We always seem to some promising news followed by :- " however it will be another ten years before we can expect to see it ". Even if it's only used in combination with chemo it's got to be useful, particularly in minimising side-effects.

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By riginal on April 08, 2013 at 08:01 pm

Neil6 you nailed it...sensational media medical reports..."miracle cure! cancer! diabetes! etc hope for mankind! I said to the missus the other night if they ever find a cure for stupidity it'll be TEN STUPID YEARS! I can't wait that long. I need help NOW! Seriously, a lot of times they'll rehash a 'discovery' of medical importance that's 'old hat.' They still bring asprin up...the blood thinning benefits etc. Then,some 'new' uni research from 'Wekneedagrant' ? "asprin can cause bleeding" etc etc. Specially if you work in a chemist shop and drop a carton of same on your head from a height. The Aboriginals like many many other people born and bred in tune with nature and the benefits of 'natural plant' therapies have been curing themselves with nature's help for years. And don't you hate it when great research is stunted by "lack of funding!" I expect to see headlines."Concerned American voters go into the bush (he's already been?) searching for a 'natural' HIGH to rid politics of the stench of complaceny." The cure? Plant your feet at election time and say HI!...BYE!...ummm...may take 10 years! cheers Neal...great article.

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