Oncolytic viral therapies

Cancer Gene Ther. 2004 Oct;11(10):643-64. doi: 10.1038/sj.cgt.7700733.


Molecular research has vastly advanced our understanding of the mechanism of cancer growth and spread. Targeted approaches utilizing molecular science have yielded provocative results in the treatment of cancer. Oncolytic viruses genetically programmed to replicate within cancer cells and directly induce toxic effect via cell lysis or apoptosis are currently being explored in the clinic. Safety has been confirmed and despite variable efficacy results several dramatic responses have been observed with some oncolytic viruses. This review summarizes results of clinical trials with oncolytic viruses in cancer.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Genetic Therapy / methods*
  • Humans
  • Neoplasms / therapy*
  • Virus Physiological Phenomena*
  • Viruses / genetics*