Oct 19, 2011 - 4:30 pm
Did anyone else hear about this? I googled it after learning basic info and pasted the article below. BUT the folks at Hershey Medical have had a break through in treatment. It seems they've found a virus that kills breast cancer cells in the lab. The big problem, the funding needed to take it to trials. Read the story below and pray they can find the funding. This could be big if it works other than in the lab.
A team at Penn State Hershey Medical Center has found a virus that kills breast cancer cells in the lab, but surprisingly they've had a hard time securing funding to enable human trials.
But now, there is good news.
Last week, Dr. Craig Meyers told abc27 how he and his team have found a certain virus that kills 100 percent of breast cancer cells - all kinds of breast cancer cells. Right now, that's working in a tissue-culture dish and in mice.
"I didn't believe it. I thought our incubators broke down or the person doing the experiment did something wrong," Meyers said. "So we repeated it, and repeated it, and repeated it."
Each time, it worked. But Dr. Meyers was frustrated. In order to continue the research, he and his team need money. And, mostly because of the economy, that money wasn't coming in.
But when the Pennsylvania Breast Cancer Coalition saw the story on abc27 News, they decided to take action. With their huge annual conference underway in Harrisburg, the coalition surprised Dr. Meyers with a check for $100,000.
"I thought they had invited me here to honor my work and I was truly surprised," Meyers said. "Nobody let me know what was going on."
"It's so exciting because they found an element that does kill breast cancer cells completely," said Pat Halpin Murphy of the Pennsylvania Breast Cancer Coalition.
Dr. Meyers said the event reminded him of the human element of his work.
"In the lab we get used to looking in tubes and plates and stuff, and sometimes you forget you're working on something that's a devastating disease," he said. "There are so many people who've suffered and survived, it reminds you of the importance of what you do."
The donation was generous, but that doesn't mean Dr. Meyers and his crew are set. The research costs $300,000, $500,000 dollars a year, and Meyers hopes to get his team's discovery to human trials in a few years.