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VAXINIA: NEW CURE FOR CANCER?

Bibliometric Details: Issue No: 5 | Issue Month:May | Issue Year:2022
Story Highlights
  • A novel cancer-killing virus has been introduced into the first human patient.
  • The procedure is known as voltaic viral therapy.
  • It also boosted the patient's immune system in preparation for immunotherapy.

Cancer is a fatal illness that occurs when cells in the body grow out of control and spread to other regions of the body. It may begin anywhere in the human body, forming tumours or lumps of tissue when abnormal or damaged cells grow and reproduce when they shouldn’t.

Recently, scientists put a virus into a new experimental drug that might destroy cancer cells. CF33-hNIS, also known as Vaxinia, is the name of the virus. CF33-hNIS is a pox virus that spreads among cancer cells and multiplies within them. This causes the cancer cell to explode, releasing a large number of new copies. The immune system then attacks it, including cancer cells.

Now is the moment to boost immunotherapy’s effectiveness, and we believe CF33-hNIS has the potential to improve outcomes for our cancer patients,” says Dr. Dana ng Li.

In around two years, this experiment will enrol 100 cancer patients from the United States and Australia.

In the initial phase, the virus will be injected into persons with solid tumours who have already had at least two forms of therapy.

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Patients will be injected with both the virus and the antibody (pen Berlioz man) to increase the immune system’s ability to fight cancer after ensuring their safety. In a press release, Dr. Daneng Li, principal investigator and cancer research professor at City of Hope, said, “Our previous research demonstrated that on voltaic viruses can stimulate the immune system to respond to and kill cancer, as well as stimulate the immune system to be more responsive to other immunotherapeutics.”

The procedure

The procedure is known as voltaic viral therapy. A natural virus is genetically tweaked such that it can penetrate cancer cells and replicate. The cells are made to avoid harming healthy cells.

This medication, according to Imogene Limited, a clinical Cancer Research Company, also aids in the development of a strong immune system against cancer.

The virus is injected into a vein or straight into the tumour. The medicine has only been tried on animals up until now.

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