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Can The Herpes Virus Kill Cancer?

December 9, 2019


Treat a virus with another virus like herpes?
Crazy as that sounds, it’s happening right now! Hey guys, Amy with you on DNews today. Cancer is no one’s favourite topic; the
prospect of abnormal cells dividing uncontrollably in your body and destroying healthy tissue
is completely terrifying. But a new drug might be able to help by harnessing one virus to
attack another. Viruses are tiny, the largest are smaller
than the smallest bacteria. And because they are nothing but genetic material wrapped in
a protein coat, they can’t live without a host. Viruses can only reproduce by attaching
themselves to other cells, cells they reprogram to make new viruses until the host cell dies.
Sometimes, viruses turn normal cells into cancerous ones. But it’s viruses’ ability to infect and
kill cells that actually make them an ally in the fight against cancer, because we can
alter the way viruses behave. Using viruses to attack another virus is otherwise
known as virotherapy. This potential first became clear more than a century ago when
doctors noted that cancer patients who caught measles, hepatitis or glandular fever seemed
to temporarily recover. In 1949, patients with Hodgkin’s lymphoma were injected with
viral hepatitis. One-Third of the 21 patients injected experienced temporary remission. Fast forward to the present and we now have
scientists at the Institute of Cancer Research in London conducting successful trials with
a skin cancer drug called T-VEC. T-VEC is a version of the common herpes simplex
virus genetically modified to only replicate in unhealthy cancer cells, destroying tumors
while leaving healthy tissues intact. T-VEC is injected right into the tumor, even in
advanced stages. Once the cancerous cells burst, this triggers a secondary auto-immune
response. T-VEC also includes a gene that encodes a type of protein called granulocyte-macrophage
colony-stimulating factor (GM-CSF) that recruits immune-boosting cells to the tumor. Together, killing the cancerous cells and
bringing in more tumor-fighting cells speed up the drug’s cancer-fighting effect while
also stimulating the immune system, waking up the body to attack the cancerous cells.
And it’s this two-pronged attack that is really exciting scientists. According to their
findings, the drug has even been shown to kill cancerous cells that have migrated away
from the treated tumor, stopping the spread of cancer. And this last trial is the first
to show that the drug actually increase survival rates among cancer patients. For this latest trial, T-VEC was given to
436 patients from 64 centres in the US, the UK, Canada and South Africa all of whom had
inoperable malignant melanoma. And though the drug is still not licensed, it could become
a great asset in the fight against skin cancer, even at an advanced stage. Ways of harnessing viruses to attack cancer
have certainly come a long way in the last half century, and with any luck drugs like
T-VEC will be able to fight other forms of cancer in the not too distant future. And here’s some other good news on the cancer
front – your cellphone is not gonna give you a brain tumor after all. Julia explores that
science in this DNews video right here

85 Comments

  • Reply Zeratul297 June 2, 2015 at 9:54 pm

    sounds like something I thought of but the difference is I have no idea how to do that to virus XD I'm no scientist XD

  • Reply Tomas jankauskas June 2, 2015 at 10:00 pm

    After senis "Į am legend" YouTube suolus destroi reschert

  • Reply Thomas June 2, 2015 at 10:01 pm

    there are large viruses. even larger than bacteria.

  • Reply deepSea June 2, 2015 at 10:22 pm

    Could you ever use this again? I mean it is a virus. Unless they changed how it works, your body shouldn't be able to use it aging. (I am assuming they only have the herpes virus in you for cancer)

  • Reply tramsgar June 2, 2015 at 10:49 pm

    youaretalkingtoofastwhenI'mdrunkpleasetalkslower.

  • Reply NaturallyDivine June 2, 2015 at 10:58 pm

    Viruses can't live with or without a host because they aren't ever alive to begin with. I'm starting to question rather or not I should trust DNews, when they make simple scientific mistakes like this.

  • Reply Travis Couch June 2, 2015 at 11:23 pm

    Dr. House had this treatment a long time ago. Come on science watch your TV and pay attention.

  • Reply gumdokim June 3, 2015 at 12:09 am

    Cancer in itself is not deadly it is when it metastasizes to major organs is when it becomes deadly. This is awesome now at least cancer will be treated as a chronic disease(to a degree it is chronic now), as lots of times cancer becomes resistant to chemo especially for people who have advanced stage cancer because of recurrences.

  • Reply saleh al-humaid June 3, 2015 at 12:14 am

    i relly enjoy watching your videos but im a high shcool student and english is a 2nd language therefore can you talk slower in topic like this 1 , i watched it 3 times now and barly understood a thing 🙂

  • Reply David V June 3, 2015 at 12:14 am

    I like your hair 🙂

  • Reply Peter Schmidt June 3, 2015 at 12:19 am

    if you already have herpes, its kinda one of those "eh, might as well" moments

  • Reply Payden June 3, 2015 at 12:22 am

    You could inject heavy water into the tumor and the cells would die.

  • Reply holdmybeer June 3, 2015 at 12:31 am

    Fuck an A! I don't have to quit smoking.  Thanks you scientists.

  • Reply eric franco June 3, 2015 at 1:41 am

    You guys ready for an I am legend world

  • Reply Sozin June 3, 2015 at 1:42 am

    Great but its more then 10 years late for my late aunt.

  • Reply GAME OVER "WE HAVE EVERY PIXEL COVERED" June 3, 2015 at 1:59 am

    So your saying viruses can cause cancer in cells. That means that a cancer causing virus can spread,conspiracy theorist have been saying that for years but no one listened. With a infectious cancer spreading among the Tasmanian devil population maybe its time we admit that being around people with cancer could infect us with the same virus that may have caused theirs and will killing the cancer causing virus help stop new cancer cells developing. This may explain cancer clusters,people in workplaces all getting breast cancer etc.

  • Reply GAME OVER "WE HAVE EVERY PIXEL COVERED" June 3, 2015 at 2:01 am

    Can I just say that the movie I am legend started this way with a virus cure and resident evil with the T virus?!?!

  • Reply Picky Tundra June 3, 2015 at 2:10 am

    I already have herpes so does that mean I won't get cancer.

  • Reply Hyder Noori June 3, 2015 at 2:13 am

    unprotected sex…here I come 🙂

  • Reply Shawn Ravenfire June 3, 2015 at 2:14 am

    First, we use the herpes to kill the cancer, then we use a bacteria to kill the herpes, then we swallow a fly to kill the bacteria, swallow a spider to catch the fly…  Yeah, I see where this is going.

  • Reply noctiphobia June 3, 2015 at 2:58 am

    "triggers secondary AUTOIMMUNE response"…. do not want lol

  • Reply Dylan Dynamite June 3, 2015 at 3:36 am

    Sounds like she's saying "T-bag"

  • Reply Trevor Cline June 3, 2015 at 3:53 am

    totally posted this to a med journal/site a few years back. win

  • Reply subh1 June 3, 2015 at 4:02 am

    0:49 You meant to say "viruses attack another cell (not 'virus')". A cancer cell is not a virus. Same mistake at multiple other places.

  • Reply Akeem Perez June 3, 2015 at 5:22 am

    Soooo this virus to kill cancer sounds like the plot to I AM LEGEND….welp the zombies are coming, hope you guys are prepared

  • Reply Buildings1772 June 3, 2015 at 6:17 am

    CANCER IS NOT A VIRUS YOU IDIOTS!!!

  • Reply brikag June 3, 2015 at 8:08 am

    I'll receive my HSV treatment anally!!!!

  • Reply Nagasaski June 3, 2015 at 12:02 pm

    Using virus to cure cancer? Sounds like Will Smith's movie 'I am legend' xD

  • Reply Barrack Olama June 3, 2015 at 1:08 pm

    Wait so, if you give them herpes to cure cancer, aren't you stuck with herpes?

  • Reply Luis Gonzalez June 3, 2015 at 1:41 pm

    "treat one virus with another virus" wait so cancer's a virus now???? holy shit!

  • Reply logan milliken June 3, 2015 at 3:10 pm

    This is how the herpies apocalypse starts : P

  • Reply KWL June 3, 2015 at 3:58 pm

    Maybe the real reason why whenever the media boasts about how a new cure for cancer has been found and then 2 days later the news doesn't reach anywhere is because drug companies and health companies don't wanna lose money. Pay $2000 for a year or something of chemotherapy or pay $10 for a virus?

  • Reply XXX June 3, 2015 at 5:07 pm

    Let's go science!

  • Reply sandstorm260 June 3, 2015 at 5:36 pm

    This is how every zombie movie starts.

  • Reply joe mansell June 3, 2015 at 5:41 pm

    Cut the videos smaller and get to the point

  • Reply REDACT'D June 3, 2015 at 6:23 pm

    Love science. Also love your hair.

  • Reply Adis Babaca June 3, 2015 at 8:13 pm

    who would not love to beat cancer with that virus every body be happy to beat cancer with virus new cure new technology ill be happy and i wouldn't be worry ill be happy new cure new technology is awesome humans be more smarter and smarter in year 3000 we all travel in space with new cars just like a star wars meet the aliens lol maybe in new planets you can live much longer and maybe aliens technology  can heal a cancer and maybe we all can learn their technology how fight cancer and how fight aids any diseases lol

  • Reply Ryan A June 3, 2015 at 8:45 pm

    so then does the person have herpes for the rest of their life?

  • Reply Loughlin Dyer June 3, 2015 at 8:59 pm

    Hey Dnews great clip!! I am now wondering; can cancer get cancer?

  • Reply Gian Paul Lladoc June 3, 2015 at 9:06 pm

    Hash oil problem solved

  • Reply zenigel June 3, 2015 at 9:33 pm

    pretty smart.

  • Reply John Wick June 3, 2015 at 9:46 pm

    This is stupid. Herpes doesn't give you immunity to Cancer.

  • Reply Jadearistocrat June 3, 2015 at 9:47 pm

    It would be great but then you have herpes

  • Reply i MMANUEL June 3, 2015 at 10:41 pm

    Don't feel like watching it again to hear if Amy calls cancer a virus or not BUT, this is actually a really interesting concept. Viruses use cells to reproduce until the cell dies. Why not reprogram a virus that we have a cure for, and use that virus to kill of cancerous cells. That way in case the virus gets out if control and begins infecting healthy cells, we can cure the person once the virus has successfully eliminated the cancerous cells. Not sure if this SPECIFICALLY is addressed (cuz that's basically what the video is about) but I think it's cool. We get the basic idea, stop hating on Dnews for technnicalities. This is awesome and great news.

  • Reply danielchocho1 June 4, 2015 at 3:59 am

    Does any one remember the movie "I m legend"

  • Reply kullwarrior June 4, 2015 at 4:01 am

    While this video shows strong support for virotherapy, I would like to see discussion on its limitation. virotherapy targets specific subtype of cancer (specific type of skin cancer for example), stimulation of immune system can also lead to drecreasing effectiveness overtime as the immune system mounts reaction against the virus

  • Reply aaronleev June 4, 2015 at 4:48 am

    She is referring to the correlation of viruses killing viruses @ 0:50. By knowing this you can extrapolate that viruses don't play well with anything other than the hosts normal cells. Thus halting cancer cell reproduction, or like in virotherapy killing other viruses. She is saying that virotherapy was thought possible because it worked on cancer cells, which are abnormal cells kinda like virus afflicted cells.

  • Reply Слава Перун June 4, 2015 at 1:23 pm

    Guys help me I think I got the cancer virus :/ Damn now I need some antibiotics ASAP.

  • Reply Seán Ó Cuinn June 4, 2015 at 3:06 pm

    Since when was cancer considered a virus? Couldn't even get past the introduction.

  • Reply Leo June 4, 2015 at 4:24 pm

    this could potentially be a huge step in the right direction! i have a good feeling about this

  • Reply Roger Kreil June 4, 2015 at 5:16 pm

    Well at least they are doing research with all of the money that they are getting!  😛

  • Reply Qeter1 June 4, 2015 at 6:20 pm

    thats what happend in ''i am legend'' right?

  • Reply princeofexcess June 5, 2015 at 9:15 am

    great now we simply need to grow all different kind of cancers in a test-tube (which we already can do) And then infect the cancers with the viruses. Take the strongest and fastest strains of the virus and do it over again. Until the virus has evolved a specialization to kill that type of tumor.

    Than we just need to test it so we know it didnt evolve other unwanted effects (like killing humans) 
    And we can use it as a very effective cancer treatment 😀

    Best news is that this could potentially be applied to all cancers. (unlike most other modern treatments)

  • Reply Quitzaliptus June 7, 2015 at 9:34 am

    I am legend, confirmed

  • Reply robert ward June 7, 2015 at 9:32 pm

    I work on this. Although it is harder than she makes it sound :/

  • Reply Charlie Christianson June 9, 2015 at 2:37 am

    wow, that is cool

  • Reply kuyanatnatdkrx7 June 10, 2015 at 8:43 am

    we should totally invent a super virus that cures cancer  but is immune to any type of drugs or immune system but in return also turns people into physco cannibals that is alergic to sunlight

  • Reply MrPunkieChick June 10, 2015 at 7:08 pm

    question 
    so do people who already have herpes (whether it be STD or Cold sores) have a lower rate of getting cancer ? Or do their bodies fight off cancer cells before they get tumors? sorry if I sound dumb.

  • Reply Conspiracy Cat June 10, 2015 at 8:19 pm

    I didn't know cancer was a virus…

  • Reply Matthew Clayton June 12, 2015 at 5:28 am

    CANCER IS NOT A VIRUS!!!!

  • Reply Jason Bradley June 16, 2015 at 12:49 am

    and some people think there is no God

  • Reply Kyle Towe June 16, 2015 at 2:43 pm

    Sounds as bizarre as using a modified HIV virus to cure HIV, something done recently in Germany I hear. Whatever works.

  • Reply Dorz Jaiden October 12, 2015 at 12:34 am

    whoa your fast

  • Reply Johnny Rekall November 18, 2015 at 3:43 am

    Does anyone know any cancer centers that are using this at the moment ? I have someone that has cancer stage 4.

  • Reply Baldeagle77 December 30, 2015 at 7:14 am

    When will this be available ??
    Will they use it in Canada???

  • Reply Baldeagle77 January 25, 2016 at 8:01 am

    Immunotherapy, virotherapy what's the difference

  • Reply VIshesh July 9, 2016 at 6:28 am

    awsome stuff

  • Reply Eamonn K August 8, 2016 at 5:04 am

    What if you had testicular cancer though…

  • Reply CookieGuy97 October 17, 2016 at 9:48 am

    geneticly modified viruses yes this is now my favourite video haha I know I'm strange I like genes and viruses their just so interesting.

  • Reply MILKITTV November 24, 2016 at 12:54 pm

    Is there one that can kill bone cancer

  • Reply Vikkster May 27, 2017 at 6:21 pm

    If This Were true then wouldn't it make sense that everyone who has Herpes would never get cancer.

  • Reply Mayank Varane August 15, 2017 at 4:31 am

    Awesome ?

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  • Reply Brent Boomer December 31, 2017 at 2:27 am

    Herpes is genital warts right? So it's either cancer or itchy balls? I find that hilarious.

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  • Reply Martian February 19, 2018 at 6:36 am

    Please stop sating that she is calling cancer a virus when she is really not. @0:40. "Using virus to kill other cells…"

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    No, it's impossible

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  • Reply Randy Lafferty December 24, 2018 at 2:16 am

    Throwing a grenade at a fire?

  • Reply Deb Clato January 31, 2019 at 1:32 am

    Just find a cure for herpes! Who cares about cancer!

  • Reply Dazhany February 1, 2019 at 1:15 pm

    Literally I am Legend plot

  • Reply cullis102 March 10, 2019 at 11:58 pm

    As long as it doesn't cause a zombie apocalypse I'm all for it

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    Great !! now ill just find a girl with genital herpes and infect me..

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