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Cancer-fighting viruses win approval

An engineered herpesvirus that provokes an immune response against cancer has become the first treatment of its kind to be approved for use in the United States, paving the way for a long-awaited class of therapies. On 27 October, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved a genetically engineered virus called talimogene laherparepvec (T-VEC) to treat advanced melanoma. Four days earlier, advisers to the European Medicines Agency had endorsed the drug.

With dozens of ongoing clinical trials of similar ‘oncolytic’ viruses, researchers hope that the approval will generate the enthusiasm and cash needed to spur further development of the approach. “The era of the oncolytic virus is probably here,” says Stephen Russell, a cancer researcher and haematologist at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. “I expect to see a great deal happening over the next few years.”

Nature 526, 622–623 (29 October 2015) doi:10.1038/526622a

Killer T cells (orange) are recruited to attack malignant cells (mauve) in the viral-based cancer therapy T-VEC. Dr. Andrejs Liepins/SPL

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The future of cancer treatment is here and it’s already saving lives

One-year-old Layla Richards was going to die. It was June 2015, and an extremely aggressive cancer called acute lymphoblastic leukemia had charged through her body, despite traditional treatments like a bone marrow transplant and chemotherapy. With no other recourse, Richards was given a vial of genetically engineered cells that would, hypothetically, kill the cancer.

Months later, she was in remission. Today, she continues to live healthily at home with her parents in the U.K. It’s the first success of its kind in the field: Human leukemia was killed by lab-engineered immune cells. How it works and what’s standing in the way.

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A drug that’s already approved for treating leukemia appears to dramatically reduce symptoms in people who have Parkinson’s disease with dementia, or a related condition called Lewy body dementia.

A pilot study of 12 patients given small doses of nilotinib found that movement and mental function improved in all of the 11 people who completed the six-month trial, researchers reported Saturday at the Society for Neuroscience meeting in Chicago.

And for several patients the improvements were dramatic, says Fernando Pagan, an author of the study and director of the Movement Disorders Program at Georgetown University Medical Center. One woman regained the ability to feed herself, one man was able to stop using a walker, and three previously nonverbal patients began speaking again, Pagan says.

“After 25 years in Parkinson’s disease research, this is the most excited I’ve ever been,” Pagan says.

Can A Cancer Drug Reverse Parkinson’s Disease And Dementia?

Photo: Claire Harbage for NPR
Caption: Alan Hoffman, shown with his wife Nancy at their home in Dumfries, Va., found that his Parkinson’s symptom improved when he took a cancer drug.

Jell-O-like Substance Attracts, Kills Cancer Cells

Chasing cancer cells with chemotherapy drugs can save lives, but there’s no guarantee that the treatment will kill every run-away cancer cell in the body.

What if, instead of hunting those metastatic cells, a treatment could lure them out of hiding — every last one of them — and eliminate them in one swift blow? Yong Wang, associate professor of bioengineering at Penn State, has created such a therapy — a tissue-like biomaterial that attracts cancer cells, like bits of metal to a magnet, and entraps them.

Read more: http://www.laboratoryequipment.com/news/2014/08/jell-o-substance-attracts-kills-cancer-cells

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Cancer Institute Finally Admits Marijuana Kills Cancer
Each year cancer kills nearly 600,000 Americans. However now, the National Cancer Institute has released a report stating marijuana kills cancer

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