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Intrapleural Measles Virus Therapy in Patients With Malignant Pleural Mesothelioma

In this session, Dr. Tobias Peikert of the Mayo Clinic was interviewed by Mary Hesdorffer, the Meso Foundation’s executive director and experienced nurse practitioner. He discussed his clinical trial, which uses the measles virus to attack mesothelioma cells in pleural mesothelioma patients.

According to Dr. Peikert, the measles virus is particularly interesting in the treatment of cancers. Historically, the notion of using this virus came to scientists mostly by accident. They noticed that when people with cancer became ill with measles, their cancer nearly or all disappeared. As a result, the idea has already been used for some time with treatment of lymphoma and other hematologic cancers.

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