A Minnesota woman has been cured of her cancer after doctors injected measles virus into her system to establish one of the strangest trials in the medical world.
Stacy Erholtz, 50, has been suffering from myeloma – a kind of blood cancer that affects the bone marrow – for years, and after multiple chemotherapies and two stem cell transplants, things became even worse, with tumors erupting from all parts of her body damaging her bones.
So as a last resort to save her life, doctors at the Mayo clinic injected Erholtz with 100 billion units of measles virus and then crossed their arms waiting for the unknown.
From The Washington Post:
Five minutes into the hour-long process, Erholtz got a terrible headache. Two hours later, she started shaking and vomiting. Her temperature hit 105 degrees, Stephen Russell, the lead researcher on the case, told The Washington Post early Thursday morning.
“Thirty-six hours after the virus infusion was finished, she told me, ‘Evan has started shrinking,’” Russell said. Over the next several weeks, the tumor on her forehead disappeared completely and, over time, the other tumors in her body did, too.
Russell said his team engineered the virus to treat cancer, but even though it completely cured Erholtz, it need more trials before it gets established as a cancer drug.
‘Unless we get to the third stage of development, we are cautiously optimistic,’ he said.