Here's What '60 Minutes' Didn't Tell You About The 'Miracle' Glioblastoma Treatment

March 30, 2015 5:05 PM

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Last night, CBS CBS’ hit newsmagazine 60 Minutes devoted not one but two segments to an early-stage trial at Duke University of a cancer therapy that some patients are calling a “miracle.” It’s a genetically modified form of the polio virus, injected directly into the brains of patients with glioblastoma, a particularly deadly type of brain tumor. Eleven of the 22 patients treated so far died, but the other 11 have seen their tumors shrink. Three featured in the story are cancer-free.

No wonder correspondent Scott Pelley and more than a few doctors and patients were throwing around the word “cure” during the piece. This is usually a devastating diagnosis: Median survival is little more than 14 months and two-year survival is just 30%, according to the American Brain Tumor Associa...

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