For the first time, Penn State College of Medicine researchers have found that a commonly carried human virus kills breast cancer. The study proved that all stages of breast cancer were gone within a week of the virus’ introduction.
The virus naturally occurs in both women and men. It’s called Adeno-Associated Virus Type 2 (AAV2). When scientists combine AAV2 and breast cancer cells, the virus destroyed all of the cancer cells in all phases of development. The destruction took seven days. “If we can determine which viral genes are being used, we may be able to introduce those genes into a (therapy),” said Samina Alam, the lead researcher at Penn State who helped discover the breast cancer breakthrough. “If we can determine which pathways the virus is triggering, we can then screen new drugs that target those pathways. Or we may simply be able to use the virus itself.”
Researchers also say this remarkable discovery will eliminate the need for various treatments for breast cancer, regardless of their progress. The study took place in a lab at the medical school. Read more about the findings here
Back in 2005, scientists discovered that women who carried both AAV2 and the human pappilomavirus (HPV), a common sexually transmitted disease, were less likely to develop cervical cancer. Now they know that AAV2 may be effective at dramatically reducing breast cancer deaths. AAV2 does not attack healthy cells in humans.
Contact a breast cancer specialist about your breast cancer diagnosis. Take a look at these breast cancer reconstruction before and after pictures
and your doctor will explain each stage to you in detail. Your journey may include the removal of part or all of one of your breasts.