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Radio Smart Talk: Exciting advances in breast cancer research

Radio Smart Talk: Exciting advances in breast cancer research

Written by  Facing Cancer Together
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HERSHEY, Pa- Exciting new research at Penn State Hershey Medical Center has found that there is a new virus that kills breast cancer cells.  And, it kills all types of breast cancer cells without damaging healthy cells.

Dr. Craig Meyers, a cancer researcher at Penn State Hershey said at first, "I didn't believe it," and that, "I thought our incubators broke down or the person doing the experiment did something wrong. So, we repeated it, and repeated it, and repeated it."  And they had success with  100% of the lab tests conducted.  Watch this video for the full news story about this exiting breakthrough in breast cancer research.

petri_dish_breast_cancer_researchHow does it work? The virus causes breast cancer cells to turn on themselves and then die.  The tests have only been conducted on mice so far, and with more funding, the hope is to start  human trials.  

Radio Smart Talk host, Scott LaMar talked with Dr. Meyers about this exciting step forward in breast cancer research.  

But, Dr. Meyers was frustrated by the lack of funding for research like his.  He stated, "I believe it's going to do something and that's what's frustrating: so many things get money with a lot less results than what we're getting."  He also said, "There's a lot of desperation out there to find a cure and right now, because of the economy, there's very little funding for anything." 

But, he was granted a big surprise at the PA Breast Cancer Coalition Conference on Oct. 11th,.  Doctor Meyers and the team of researchers at Penn State College of Medicine in Hershey working on this research have been awarded $100,000 from the Pennsylvania Breast Cancer Coalition.

Meyers' work focuses on the AAV2 virus, which has killed breast cancer cells at every stage in tissue culture dishes in his lab. He says the funding will help advance the project, which he's been working on for years. "We applied for funding from the NIH, from the Komen Foundation, from the Department of Defense, and everywhere we could," he says. "We got comments that this is just too good. They didn't believe it." But Meyers says it could be years before the virus is tested on human breast cancer cells. 


#1 Greg Spinello 2012-10-17 22:32
As of October 2012 Dr. Meyers was still finding it difficult to get funding for his research. I think if this research is going to be funded we have to do it. If you would like to join me in this grassroots effort to fund his research. You can contact them at the phone number below(They accept credit cards) or you can send them a check. You can make a donation in honor of someone or in memory of someone. We can do this together. (717) 531-8497 (I believe their hours are Monday through Friday 8:00am to 5:00pm)
Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center
Penn State College of Medicine
Office of University Development & Alumni Relations, A120
P.O. Box 852
Hershey, PA 17033-0852

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