Entries in Cancer cure (2)


Researchers Use Cold Virus to Target Advanced Brian Cancer

iStockphoto(HOUSTON) -- Dixie Fralic had advanced brain cancer. Now she doesn't.

"Dr. Lang had a smile on his face and he said, 'I'd say you're cured!'" Fralic said.

The treatment is actually a cold virus, which isn't lethal to normal cells, but it is lethal to cancer cells. The souped-up cold virus called Delta 24 was developed by a husband-wife research team at M.D. Anderson.

"I think this is a dream of researchers, that something you do on the bench moves to the patients and it has an effect. It's the best thing you can have," Delta 24 researcher Dr. Candelaria Gomez-Manzano said.

"We never dreamed about that," Delta 24 researcher Dr. Juan Fueyo said.

Dr. Fueyo and Dr. Gomez-Manzano worked on what they call their big idea for 14 years. At first, everybody was skeptical.

"We decided to design a treatment that was completely out of the box," Dr. Fueyo said.

Nobody had tried injecting a live virus directly into the brain. To make it safer, they changed the cold virus so it only kills cancer cells.

"Now we think anytime the tumor starts growing again, her immune system comes in and fights the tumor," neurosurgeon Dr. Frederick Lang said.

And they did this with a single shot of a cold virus. And Fralic isn't the only one.

"The response she had is dramatic and not seen typically. And so what's interesting is we have three other people who have done similarly with this kind of treatment," Dr. Lang said.

"It's just incredibly amazing," Fralic's husband, Rusty Fralic, said.

So as the Houston scientists plan bigger studies with their cancer-killing cold virus, Fralic and her husband are planning their future.

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Quinn the Dog Swims for Cancer Cure

(DALLAS) -- It’s not easy to upstage Olympic medalists at their own sport, but Quinn the dog is getting ready to do just that in his second year as the “unofficial mascot” of Swim Across America in Dallas.

The 160-pound Leonberger, who is a natural in the water, has a lofty goal this year — to raise $10,000. Proceeds from the June 9 event will benefit the Innovative Clinical Trials Center at Baylor University’s Charles A. Sammons Cancer Center, where Quinn also works as a therapy dog, primarily with cancer patients.

Quinn and his handler, Peggy Walker, met a group of Olympians who were promoting Dallas’ inaugural Swim Across America at a hospital event.

“I said, ‘Leonbergers are great swimmers and they asked if Quinn would like to be in the function,” Walker said.

That day, the gentle giant, who has webbed feet that help him swim, posed with an Olympic medal around his neck. Walker was sold on the idea of raising money for the people Quinn comforts at his day job.

Although Quinn’s fundraising page wasn’t set up until a week before the event, he still managed to raise $4,000 from people he had touched in the community and Leonberger lovers.

During the swim, which has half-mile, one-mile and two-mile options, Quinn cheered on the participants from the dock before he took his own dip in Lake Ray Hubbard in front of an adoring crowd.

There’s no doubt Quinn could doggie paddle with great endurance, but organizers like to keep their star participant close to the shore.

“He’s a fairly competitive swimmer, so we don’t want him to get too far out in the lake,” said Jeanne Cunningham, co-chair of Swim Across America.

This year, Cunningham said younger participants may be invited to “get in and splash around with Quinn.”

Last year the event raised $360,000, and Quinn’s handler said she has no doubt her dog will do his part again.

“He’s there to bring smiles,” Walker said. “There’s something about Leonbergers that’s very, very appealing.”

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