Last year, the PBCC presented Dr. Craig Meyers, a cancer researcher at Penn State Hershey Medical Center, with a $100,000 grant to further his promising research into a virus that kills breast cancer cells. The PBCC also funded Dr. Meyers’ initial research on the virus through a PBCC Refunds for Research grant. We checked in with Dr. Meyers to get an update on his progress. The following is what Dr. Meyers had to say about his work:
“We have been finishing up our first mouse breast cancer study and manuscript, and are pleased to report that the results have been better than expected. The data shows that the same mechanisms used by the virus that killed triple-negative breast cancer cells in vitro (in a petri dish sample) also appear to kill triple-negative breast cancer cells in our living mouse sample as well. There is still a large public interest. I still get calls and emails weekly requesting updates, looking for hope, and providing encouragement to carry on.
Our current challenge is obtaining the additional funds necessary to move toward clinical testing, either from the federal government or a private organization. In the meantime, the response of smaller groups and individuals to organize fundraisers and provide donations to keep this research moving forward has been overwhelming. If not for the support of the PA Breast Cancer Coalition and numerous others, we would have been forced to stop work on this study a year ago. We will spend the remainder of the year applying for additional funds from the National Institute of Health. We just need to continue our efforts using what resources we have available. We are still excited about the results we have obtained and dedicated to do what we can to keep the research moving forward.”