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Ohio State-led study finds patient’s own immune cells may blunt viral therapy for brain cancer

  • Posted: November 26, 2012

Doctors now use cancer-killing viruses to treat some patients with lethal, fast-growing brain tumors. Clinical trials show that these therapeutic viruses are safe but less effective than expected. A new study led by researchers at the Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center – Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital and Richard J. Solove Research Institute (OSUCCC – James) shows that the reason for this is in part due to the patient’s own immune system, which quickly works to eliminate the anticancer virus.

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