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Medicine, as we know, is littered with false prophets or the next great hope which the crashes and burns.
It's also commonly said that the worst thing you can do with a cancer patient is take away hope. But it's not. The worst thing you can do is to offer false hope.
But every once in a while something comes along which actually manages to break through my barrier of extreme scepticism and pricks my curiosity.
And so it was with this story on the BBC yesterday:
In essence researchers have managed to piggy-back cancer killing viruses onto macrophages. These macrophages flood tumours following radiotherapy or chemotherapy and in so doing they carry the viruses, Trojan Horse-like, into the heart of a tumour.
Experiments with prostate cancer in mice showed complete tumour eradication in the virus-treated subjects.
Another false dawn? Time will tell. But this time I have more hope than usual...