Recent clinical experience with oncolytic viruses

O. G. Donnelly, F. Errington-Mais, R. Prestwich, K. Harrington, H. Pandha, R. Vile, A. A. Melcher

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There has been interest in using viruses to treat cancer for over a century. Recent clinical efforts, driven on by significant preclinical advances, have focussed on the safety of using replication-competent viruses. Recently published clinical trials of six oncolytic viruses (adenovirus, reovirus, measles, herpes simplex, Newcastle disease virus and vaccinia) have added to the accumulating data that endorse oncolytic viruses as a safe and well tolerated treatment approach. Conclusive evidence of efficacy remains to be demonstrated, but randomised clinical trials are now underway.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1834-1841
Number of pages8
JournalCurrent Pharmaceutical Biotechnology
Issue number9
StatePublished - Jul 2012


  • Adenovirus
  • Measles
  • Oncolytic virus
  • Reovirus
  • Vaccinia

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biotechnology
  • Pharmaceutical Science


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