HWH Comment: Wow. So there was a reason why we couldn’t cure the common cold for all these decades trying. Or maybe we didn’t try that hard, thinking colds weren’t all that serious and they generated a lot of income for the cold remedy industry.
Come to find out, it was a good idea, because it just might become a universal agent to cure cancer. Wow again. What a find! No more harsh chemo therapy, just cough and sneeze your way to a cure.
Yeah, I’ve been coughing and sneezing a lot, maybe I’ve got some cancer cells in me screaming to be eradicated. That’s probably not how it works. I hope they put this into practice soon. It’s too long between discovery and marketability. Speed up the process. It’s a cold virus. How bad could it be?
Breast cancer tumors? Inject it right into the tumor? Forget the cancers that are hard to treat, treat them all with the virus. Oh right, we can’t put all those chemo people and radiation people and surgeons out of business? Give them some other jobs to do.
I’m wondering about the price tag on the treatment. How much could it cost? Something so common and readily available? They’ll find a way to take your life savings; they always do.
Laura Donnelly, health editor
5 JULY 2019 • 12:01AM
The common cold virus could cure cancer, scientists say, as a “revolutionary” treatment was found to eradicate the disease in a week. In the pioneering British trial, 15 patients were given an infusion of the bug, before undergoing surgery to remove and examine tumours.
In every case, cancer cells had been destroyed – and in one case, all traces of the disease had gone, the study found. Scientists said they were “very excited” about the findings, for patients with bladder cancer, which could also bring hope to those suffering from other major forms of the disease.
They said the virus could become a “universal agent” to fight cancer, replacing conventional treatments like chemotherapy.
As well as reducing the size of all the tumours, the treatment, via a catheter to the bladder, had no significant side-effects in any of the patients, researchers said. Bladder cancer is the tenth most common type of cancer in the UK, with 10,000 diagnoses annually. Scientists said they hoped the treatment could be available in as little as three years, bringing hope to thousands of patients with diseases that are currently hard-to-treat. Most tumours in the bladder do not have immune cells, making the disease particularly hard to treat. But the study suggests that an infusion of a strain of the common cold virus – called coxsackievirus (CVA21) – was able to inflame the tumour and cause immune cells to rush into the cancer environment, targeting and killing the cancer cells…