Newcastle Disease Virus

20130515-075658.jpgI arrived in Duderstadt on Monday to begin treatment with the NDV oncovirus. It got off to a rocky start. First problem was that the clinic booked three patients for the same time which meant a lot of waiting. I was given information on the treatment to read, and some waver forms to sign. It was probably a good thing that I had ample time to read the documentation.

When my turn eventually came, the nurse was ready and had all my injections prepared. I was confused and asked why I was not getting local hyperthermia first. The nurse informed me that I was not booked for one. I showed her a passage from their own documentation which stated that the effectiveness of the NDV treatment is greatly enhanced following hyperthermia. She called the doctor and the doc could not explain either why I had not been booked for hyperthermia first.

As a result, my NDV treatment, this time with hyperthermia was moved for the following day. All my appointments were also re-booked for the rest of the week, with local hyperthermia preceding each NDV injection.

The next day things went smoothly. I had a local hyperthermia lasting an hour, followed by the NDV injection. Local hyperthermia was much more pleasant than the whole body I had at Hallwang. Virtually no sensation of heat. The frequencies used by the machine heat up the liver and other internal organs, but leave the skin cool.

The main side effect of NDV is a fever and mild flu like symptoms, but this does not happen for everyone. I myself had no reaction to the NDV that I could notice.

Now to the science. The Newcastle Disease Virus is dangerous to birds and although it can be transmitted, it is harmless in humans. As it turns out however, the virus will selectively infect cancer cells, leaving healthy cells untouched. The virus itself can kill the infected tumour cells. As the virus reproduces inside the cell, eventually the cell bursts, releasing more viruses into the blood stream, killing the cell in the process.

The NDV infection also exposes infected cells to the immune system. Following several shots of NDV, a Dendritic Cell vaccine, primed to recognise NDV infected cells is also injected. The immune system kicks in, seeks out and destroys NDV infected cells.

Unfortunately, as with most immunotherapies, the treatment become less effective with time. This is because the body will develop antibodies to the NDV virus itself.

About Ren

I have been diagnosed with stage 4, metastatic colorectal cancer in October 2012, 3 days after my 44th birthday. There is no cure, but I am determined to go down the road less travelled to find one. I have setup this blog to document my journey and hopefully help others in the process. My view is that if there is a cure, it does not lie with traditional chemo, but with the immune system. Time will tell.
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