Virus-drug combination shows improved effectiveness against brain tumor cells

Published: April 28th, 2016

Category: In the News

October 6, 2015  By Doug Bennett  A rabbit virus currently being developed for cancer therapy can be paired with one of several existing drugs to deliver a more potent punch to a deadly type of brain tumor cell, researchers have found.

A group that includes a University of Florida Health virus expert has identified six compounds that make brain tumor-initiating cells more sensitive to treatment with the virus. The findings, published recently in the journal Neuro-Oncology, show that the combination of a drug and the myxoma virus gives better anti-cancer results against glioblastoma, the most common type of brain tumor.

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