60 Minutes followed the clinical trial at Duke University where the modified version of the polio virus is being used to eliminate brain cancer tumors. Glioblastoma is an aggressive form of brain cancer where the tumor can double in size every two weeks if left untreated. It kills 12,000 Americans a year.
The FDA approved a trial in humans in 2011 where the polio virus is injected into the tumor. The polio virus cannot reproduce in healthy cells, but when injected, it releases toxins that poisons the cell and alerts the immune system to attack the tumor. The first two patients in the trial no longer have a tumor and are in remission (lived past six months).
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