Monday, June 24, 2013

Leukemia Cured With HIV Virus?

I had no idea that leukemia patients can be in remission using the HIV virus.

          For a while doctors have been using the HIV virus to kill the cancer cells that have cured many patients all over. It has a lot to do with the different type cells in both illnesses that interfere with each other. It's like fight fire with fire because one type of cell is stronger than the other so they are able to fight off the cancer within the immune system. Doctors have even reported saying that the HIV virus has worked better than some of the chemotherapy treatments.
          Doctors draw blood from the patients and examine the white blood cells effected by the cancer. Once they are genetically engineered then they take a moderate version of the HIV virus to kill the disease. Once this experiment was a success, it showed that there were signs of the cancer in their system. Patients still need to be in remission to make a full recovery, but so far using the HIV virus has been a consideration.
          It's still weird to know that one illness kills another illness and cures you. I didn't realized doctors has used this idea for years. Everybody dreads to ever get either disease so to get one to cure the other is baffling. I wonder if it works the other way around? It might not but if it did that's pretty much a tug of car affect. It would be nice to have a cure for both diseases that way everyone can be healthy once and for all but until then, we can only hope for the best.

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