New Study Discovers Common Cold Virus Strain Can Effectively Kill Bladder Cancer Cells Completely

Can a common cold actually cure bladder cancer? Well, research says so from a unique study published in a journal recently. If that is the case, we would love catching a cold now and then especially if it makes us reduce the risk of bladder cancer. The unique study was conducted at The University of Surrey in England where scientists found that a particular strain found in the cold virus has the power to destroy bladder cancer cells. Could this also be a possibility that the answer to much of our own health problems lies within our bodies itself?

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1The answer to bladder cancer now lies in the common cold

Is it really that easy? Will the answer to bladder cancer lie in just the common cold? Will it actually be as simple as that? If you have bladder cancer, all you need to do is catch a common cold? Apparently yes, as the study at University of Surrey says so. The hero of the day is a strain labeled as CVA21 or coxsackievirus found in the common that can destroy cells in bladder cancer.

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2The study with 15 patients

The study involved 15 patients infected with non muscle invasive bladder cancer. They were injected with the CAV21 through a catheater just a week before surgery that was intended to remove the tumors. When the post-surgery tissue analysis was done, the researchers were astonished. You won’t believe what they had found.

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3What the post-surgery revealed

The post-surgery analysis revealed that the virus had both targeted the cancer cells and even killed them. The virus cells had also reproduced themselves this increasing their efficacy and power to keep cancer on a check or eradicate it. Hardey Pandya principal investigator of the study and professor of medical oncology at the University of Surrey confirmed: “The virus gets inside cancer cells and kills them by triggering an immune protein and that leads to signaling of other immune cells to come and join the party.”

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4Urine samples showed the cancer cells were being killed efficiently

When urine samples of the patients were collected, it showed cell shedding present from the virus. This meant that the virus was doing its job with a vengeance. It wasn’t just killing cancer, it was reproducing and replicating empowering itself to keep up the attack against the cancer cells. This was something amazing and if worked upon to perfect the method to be formulated as a treatment, it will be a path-breaking milestone in the fight against bladder cancer.

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