Cancer is a word that, unfortunately, most of us are familiar with. Whether it is you yourself who has been diagnosed with cancer, a friend, a loved one or family, just about all of us can say we have been affected by this horrid disease. It is becoming more and more of an issue with each passing day, which is a troubling realization, in my opinion.
And, with the frustration of this disease also comes the frustration of not having a cure.
I was delighted, though, when I saw an article from The Good News Network discussing the tremendous advancement scientists have made with treating this disease. Take a look.
“A research team in Montreal has been busy developing a personalized anti-cancer vaccine that works in mice.
“At the University of Montreal Hospital Research Centre (CRCHUM), Marie-Claude Bourgeois-Daigneault and a team of scientists modify viruses to make them specific to the cells of a tumor.
“Once in the patient’s body, these viruses—called oncolytic viruses—infect and specifically destroy the cancer cells without touching healthy cells. These viruses can even stimulate the immune system so that it is better armed to recognize and kill malignant cells. This is what’s known as immunotherapy.
“In a study published in Nature, the researchers show how they came to create an effective personalized vaccine by combining oncolytic viruses with small synthetic molecules (peptides) specific to the targeted cancer,” the article says.
I highly encourage you to check out the entirety of this article, linked above, as the findings and phenomenal work by these scientists is quite interesting.
Both my mom and my dad are cancer survivors, so reading anything about any progress in developing a cure for this disease, regardless of how vast or minimal, is truly wonderful. And, I would bet a lot of folks would be in agreement with me on that one.