Experts from Leeds University have proved that the virus of common cold can help in the treatment of liver cancer. Hepatocellular carcinoma – a dangerous cancer. Without treatment, it quickly leads to death.
In one recent study researchers found that cold viruses upon contact with tumor cells to provoke the formation in them of interferon. This protein is probably the most known substance associated with the immune system. Interferon is an activator of lymphocytes-killers of cancer cells.
Viruses from the group of retroviruses by attacking the human immune system, help to cope with the reproduction of the virus of hepatitis C. This pathogen is on the first place among the reasons for the development of hepatocellular carcinoma.
While scientists have only laboratory data of the study. It is possible that in the near future will be able to conduct the first experiments on volunteers with incurable forms of the disease.