Mayo Using Measles Virus to Destroy Mesothelioma Tumors
Dr. Stephen Russell at the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota envisioned utilizing the measles virus vector to treat Mesothelioma tumors. Previous research at the Mayo Clinic proved that the measles vector could help treat multiple myeloma, ovarian cancer, and prostate cancer. Now, Dr. Russell and his colleagues are utilizing the measles vector as a transport vehicle, which targets the Mesothelioma tumor and delivers a toxic payload. The virus supplies radioactive iodine destroying the Mesothelioma tumor.
Studies in mice showed that the virus killed the Mesothelioma cancer cells. Some mice appeared to be cured – Mesothelioma free. Clinical trials in patients have begun. Dr. Russell expects to see that the Mesothelioma tumors will shrink significantly. Thus, this new treatment combined with chemotherapy may just be Mesothelioma’s match.