Mayo Clinic study uses massive dose of measles vaccine to defeat incurable blood cancer
POSTED: Thursday, May 15, 2014 - 9:00am
UPDATED: Thursday, May 15, 2014 - 9:15am
NBC NATIONAL NEWS — Mayo Clinic researchers have announced a landmark study where a massive dose of the measles vaccine, enough to inoculate ten million people, wiped out a Minnesota woman's incurable blood cancer.
The Mayo Clinic conducted the clinical trial last year using virotherapy. The method discovered the measles virus wiped out multiple myeloma cancer calls. Researchers engineered the measles virus in a single intravenous dose, making it selectively toxic to cancer cells.
Stacy Erholtz, 49, was one of two patients in the study who received the dose last year, and after ten years with multiple myeloma has been clear of the disease for over six months.
"My mindset was I didn't have any other options available, so why wouldn't I do it? I had to have failed all conventional treatment to do that trial. That actually happened last March," said Erholtz. "It was the easiest treatment by far with very few side effects. I hope it's the future of treating cancer infusion."
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