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Can measles cure cancer? Some experts say yes

There is amazing health news out of Minnesota at the Mayo Clinic Today. Doctors there say a woman with an incurable blood cancer is in remission, because of a massive dose of the measles.        

Stacy Erholtz has been fighting multiple myeloma for about 10 years. Today, she learned that cancer was in remission. And her doctor says Stacy fought off cancer with an enormous dose of the measles virus.

"Which was alarming, and I was happy to hear that after the fact," says Erholtz.

"We have known for some time viruses act like a vaccine. If you inject a virus into a tumor you can provoke the immune system to destroy that cancer and other cancers," says Dr. Stephen Russell with the Mayo Clinic.

It's a concept that has proven successful in mice, but Erholtz is the first patient to receive a massive dose of the measles - enough to vaccinate 10 million people, so much that the measles essentially attacks the cancerous tumors and makes those cells explode.      

Two multiple myeloma patients were chosen in this study, and Stacy is the first to reach full remission, a medical milestone.      

The other patient was apparently strong enough to fight off the measles, instead of letting the measles attack the cancer.      

Dr. Russell is hoping his team at the Mayo Clinic will someday be able to transform this research into a single shot cure. Right now, they are in phase two of their clinical trials, hoping for FDA approval in 4 years.

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