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Tuesday 25th October 2016

Cancer treated by herpes virus

2nd August 2010

A trial by Cancer Research UK at the Royal Marsden Hospital in London has found that the hrepes virus can be used to kill tumours in head and neck cancer patients.

The genetically engineered virus was used in a trial of 17 patients and was administered along with radiotherapy and chemotherapy. 93% had "no trace" of the cancer after surgery to remove tumours and over two years later 82% were still free of cancer. The modified virus boosts the patient's immune system and kills off the tumour cells.

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