Dr. Bigner on a recent segment of CBS News 60 minutes
The esteemed weekly news program “60 Minutes” on CBS aired an in-depth story (two segments – which is rare for “60 Minutes”) on a potential new treatment for glioblastoma multiforme.
The segment followed brain cancer patients in a Duke University clinical trial of a therapy that uses a re-engineered polio virus to kill cancer cells.
If you did not get a chance to watch the segment now, we highly encourage you to do so. You can view the entire episode (along with some extras!) here.
It was very encouraging to see the unique opportunities and challenges in treating a difficult cancer like GBM highlighted by such a prominent national news outlet. And the results from this early clinical trial certainly appear promising. However, it is important to note that the trial is still in Phase 1 and the treatment has only been given to a small number of patients. Stay tuned for a forthcoming post that explores more the state of this and other promising clinical research.
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