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Week: 598.2 

Guest: Dr. Scott Freeman, assoc. Prof. pathology, Tulane Univ. Medical Ctr. 

Topic: Cancer cells fight cancer 

Host/Producer: Steve Girard 

NEMA: Cancer cells fighting cancer....coming up... 

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NEMA: Researchers at Tulane University Medical Center are finding that irradiated cancer cells will not only carry a virus which will help physicians kill a growing tumor... the cells seem to know where they should go... 

FREEMAN: They appear to home to tumor deposits better, but also it's easier to work with them in culture and grow them to large enough numbers to inject. And what we find is that by using cells, in many cases these cells could actually in effect target tissue better then some of the viral vectors. These cells will actually home to them and coat the tumor. 

NEMA: that's Dr. Scott Freeman, a professor at the school of medicine, who has high hopes for so called Suicide gene therapy for cancer... 

FREEMAN: I think molecular medicine will be the new horizon that hopefully will provide therapeutic potential for those patients who are chemotherapy resistant. It still will take many years, but I think it's an exciting beginning. 

NEMA: I'm Steve Girard at The Heart of the Matter.