Could The Common Cold Cure Cancer
The cure for bladder cancer could be catching a cold, according to a small study published Thursday July 4th.
Researchers at the University of Surrey in England found that a certain strain of the cold virus is capable of destroying cancer cells in the bladder, The Telegraph reported.
Fifteen patients with non-muscle invasive bladder cancer were injected with the virus through a catheter one week before surgery to remove tumors.
Analysis of tissue following surgery showed that the virus not only targeted and killed cancer cells — but reproduced itself, making it even more powerful.
“The virus gets inside cancer cells and kills them by triggering an immune protein and that leads to signalling of other immune cells to come and join the party,” said Hardev Pandha, principal investigator of the study and professor of medical oncology at the University of Surrey.
Reports indicate none of the patients involved in the study suffered serious side effects.
Bladder cancer is the sixth most common cancer in the US.