LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - Groundbreaking research is happening right here in central Arkansas. A cold virus is giving 63-year-old Beth Rogers of Hazen hope for beating her brain tumor.
Rogers was the first to try a UAMS treatment where the virus is injected into a brain tumor. Her brain tumor appeared in February then came back two more times despite surgeries and a combination of radiation and chemotherapy. She tried to go to an out of state cancer institution only to be redirected back to UAMS.
Soon after that, she was undergoing surgery to have the virus injected. So far, it's working, the tumor has stopped growing.
“I'm really feeling good I really am, I’ve never had any pain,” Rogers said.
According to UAMS Neurosurgeon Doctor J.D. Day, the virus is directly injected into the tumor and then it's starts effecting the tumor cells and replicates.
“Basically, enough of the virus is produced in the cell that it burst the cell,” Day said.
The virus is infused just one time, it’s also paired with a drug that helps improve immune response to help attack cancer cells. Day said that the new way to attack is working but they won't know how effective it is until it's tested on other patients.
Rogers said what kept her moving forward was God, friends, and of course her family. She said she owes it to them to try and see what this treatment can do.
This treatment only attacks the cancer cells, unlike radiation and chemotherapy that attack good cells too.
UAMS is looking to enroll as many patients in this trial as they can, they said they will be testing lower doses of the virus in Phase Two to see if it has the same outcome.