If you had an incurable disease or illness, would you want to know about any scientific breakthroughs that could potentially cure your ailment or extend your life expectancy? If you're like a lot of our Cincinnati readers, you may not want to be reliant on Social Security disability for the rest of your life and therefore would want access to treatments that could reduce the impact your condition has on your life or eliminate it altogether.
A segment recently featured on "60 Minutes" may have given this hope by highlighting a study conducted by Duke University that used the polio virus to treat an aggressive form of brain cancer called glioblastoma. Currently, glioblastoma is listed as a Compassionate Allowance because of the short life expectancy patients are given. But if researchers are right, and their treatment can extended a person's prognosis, then doctors may eventually have a better way of treating glioblastoma or even other cancers down the road.