Could the common cold cure cancer? This study is nothing to ...

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Could the common cold cure cancer? This study is nothing to sneeze at

The virus infected cancerous cells and replicated itself causing the cells to rupture and die, scientists found

Laura Donnelly

The common cold virus could cure cancer, scientists say, as a “revolutionary” treatment was found to eradicate the disease in a week.

In the pioneering British trial, 15 patients were given an infusion of the bug before undergoing surgery to remove and examine tumours. In every case cancer cells had been destroyed and in one case all traces of the disease had gone, the study found.

Scientists said they were “very excited” about the findings – for patients with bladder cancer – which could also bring hope to those suffering from other forms of the disease. The virus could become a “universal agent” to fight cancer, replacing conventional treatments like chemotherapy...

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