Recently an article in my local (home of Mayo Clinic) town news magazine caught my eye. A start up company called Vyriad is beginning clinical trials on an immunotherpay/viral therapy for cancer.

Vyriad Inc., a clinical-stage, privately held biotechnology company focused on the development of powerful first-in class oncolytic virotherapies, is pleased to announce a collaboration agreement with Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany, and Pfizer Inc. to expand its ongoing Phase 1 clinical trial program in solid tumors to include a combination study of its lead asset, Voyager-V1, with avelumab*, a human anti-PD-L1 antibody. For more information on this novel immuno-oncology combination study, please seeclinicaltrials.gov.

And from Breastcancer. org…the news that Tecentriq is the first immunotherapy officially approved for breast cancer. (only triple negative right now).

Michael Crichton and Star Trek are just two well-known examples of that old adage that what humanity can dream of, we can create. But I am giddily fascinated with how we are finally dreaming of cancer treatments that go beyond just the “kill the cells” and into more targeted therapies that may use our own hyper-charged immune system (like super heroes or were wolves with fast healing properties) to take on cancer.

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In my own take on fighting cancer, I used this article about CAR T-cells (t cells extracted from a patients’ own blood, super-charged and then injected back in to attack tumor cells). It tickles my SFF bones that these cells are called “chimeric antigen receptors”…get it…chimera…a fantasy monster!

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