Common cold virus can attack and kill bladder cancer cells

05-Jul-2019
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A strain of common cold virus can infect and kill bladder cancer cells.
Coxsackie virus (CVA21) infects cancer cells, triggers an immune protein that attracts immune cells.
Kills cancer cells in bladder leaving healthy cells intact without any side effects.
Needs to do larger clinical studies to see safety, efficacy and tolerability as an immunotherapy.
15 patients with bladder cancer were given CVA21 through a catheter in this small scale study.
Research by University of Surrey published in Clinical Cancer Research.

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