New hope to wipe out cancer

Scientists claim they have discovered a new vaccine using the 'cold' virus that could kill tumours

In a cancer vaccine breakthrough, scientists believe they may have moved a step closer to finding a cure for cancer.

They claim reovirus, which is usually the cause of mild stomach upsets and colds, has the power to shrink tumours while at the same time causing an anti-cancer immune response.

‘Viral treatments like reovirus are showing real promise in patient trials,’ says study co-leader Dr Kevin Harrington, from the Institute of Cancer Research in London.

‘This study gives us the very good news that it should be possible to deliver these treatments with a simple injection into the bloodstream.’

The vaccine works by hitching a ride on the red blood cells and tricking the bodies defences to reach and kill cancer cells.

‘We look forward to seeing how this research develops and if this could one day become part of standard cancer treatment,’ says Dr Julie Sharp, from Cancer Research UK which part-funded the study, published in the journal Science Translational Medicine.

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