New Study Discovers Common Cold Virus Strain Can Effectively Kill Bladder Cancer Cells Completely
9What are the symptoms?
As a person ages, the risk of bladder cancer increases and bladder cancer affects mostly those in the 75-80 age group. The typical symptoms are.
- Hematuria (blood in the urine) – the most common symptom, often without pain
- Frequent and urgent urination
- Pain when you pass urine
- Pain in your lower abdomen
- Back pain
10Dont ignore symptoms
These are symptoms you should never ignore. One cannot always see blood in the urine without going for a urine test. Even if the blood disappears, a doctor should be consulted. Blood in urine could also mean kidney stones or urinary infection and not necessary cancer.
11How the virus works
In the new study the researchers said that usually the tumors in the bladder are cold and do not have immune cells to fight the cancer. The presence of the virus makes them hot thus stimulating the immune system to react. Professor Pandya said that the same virus was also tested on skin cancer but this was the first time it was used against bladder cancer and the results were very encouraging.
“Reduction of tumor burden and increased cancer cell death was observed in all patients, and removed all trace of the disease in one patient following just one week of treatment, showing its potential effectiveness, notably, no significant side effects were observed in any patient and this is a new era in treatment.”
12Plans for bigger studies and clinical trials
Plans are now afoot to start future trials using the common cold virus with an immunotherapy drug treatment called the checkpoint inhibitor in more patients. Research fellow Doctor Nicola Annels at University of Surrey says that “viruses like the coxsackievirus “could signal a move away from more established treatments such as chemotherapy”. He also said that “Bladder cancer costs the NHS more per patient than nearly every other cancer, because of the high recurrence rate.”
13Innovations in cancer treatment keep eluding us
Doctor Annels also explained that of the safety and tolerability and efficient data can be confirmed ion even bigger studies and clinical trials, then this will herald a new era in non muscle invasive bladder cancer treatment. He feels that innovations in cancer treatment are always passing us by and this should be explored.
This will be an interesting decade to watch in terms of bladder cancer treatment because if this can be researched on a larger scale and the same results achieved, then the biggest weapon against bladder cancer is just the common cold.