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Treatment

Dad bravely suffered the horrors of the gold standard of treatment for this condition, radiation and chemotherapy and managed to come out the other end, with a little less hair but relatively in tact, unfortunately so did the tumour.

When I became convinced of the CMV theory, I contacted CMV researchers in Sydney and asked for advice but no-one was prepared to give me any. Then I stumbled across an article about the use of donor immune cells to prevent CMV disease in the recipients of bone marrow transplants. I contacted the doctors involved and asked if they would be prepared to trial their technique on a brain tumour sufferer given recent research suggesting a link between CMV and gliomas.

To cut a long story short after an initial disappointing call advising me they couldn't help, I received another some time later advising that they’d managed to organise the approval of a one-off experimental trial and yes, could Dad please come in so they could take blood to grow up his lymphocytes for infusion. You cannot imagine how overjoyed I was to receive that call, one of those floating on air moments.

Dad had several infusions and initially it all looked so promising. The infusions caused no side effects and in fact Dad felt very good for a couple of days after each one. His first scan showed no noticeable progression, which we were delighted by however in time the tumour did begin progressing again.

In spite of our lack of success with this particular treatment, I have high hopes for the technique.

In the UK they have achieved great result using a similar kind of technique for Epstein-Barr virus (another Herpes virus) related tumours. One of it's successes is described in the UK Times article “Killer cells cure girls brain cancer”.