What 60 Minutes Got Right And Wrong On Duke's Polio Virus Trial Against Glioblastoma

March 30, 2015 6:04 PM

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An engineered version of the poliovirus has been in development for more than 20 years as a treatment for one of the most difficult-to-treat cancers, a brain tumor called glioblastoma multiforme, abbreviated GBM. A human safety trial of the virus, called a Phase I study, is ongoing at Duke University’s Brain Tumor Center in Durham, North Carolina. The patients who’ve been enrolled have the toughest form of this disease: GBM that has returned after previous surgery and treatment.

Last night, the CBS News program 60 Minutes devoted two segments of the broadcast to correspondent Scott Pelley’s 10-month-long glimpse into this clinical trial. (Disclosure: I have held an unpaid adjunct faculty appointment in Duke University’s Department of Medicine since 2002, was a paid faculty ...

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