A cure for cancer? What if?

We’re a little taken aback by the front page of the Raleigh News and Observer website today…


Basketball is king in North Carolina — and at Duke specifically — but the real news story from Duke today doesn’t involve basketball: Polio cures cancer, at least it has for several people.

CBS’ 60 Minutes broke the story last night that stands out as “amazing” despite our natural cynicism for declarations in the fight against cancer.

And, to be sure, the Duke researchers involved aren’t using the “cure” word. But those whose brain cancer disappeared with the polio virus injections certainly are.

For the last 10 months, CBS has been following the experimental therapy, in which a modified polio gene — modified so it wouldn’t reproduce — “wakes up” the body’s immune system to attack cancer.

Drop what you’re doing and watch these two segments.

cancer_1 (Video link)

cancer_2 (Video link)