Brain Tumor Cured By Deadly Polio Virus

Real Estate Agent

As amazing as this may seem the story is true.  Facts like these often escape our attention unless we see it on Facebook or Twitter.

A 20 year old college student was diagnosed with an extremely aggressive brain tumor in 2012.  The tumor was the size of a tennis ball.  She went through surgery and aggressive chemo therapy.  The tumor returned and was considered terminal.

Researchers at Duke University had been working with a modified Polio virus therapy.  Polio was once a dreaded disease in this country. It struck down old and young alike.  A former President Franklin Delano Roosevelt was crippled from this disease.  Thousands of  people died from it.  Thousands more were kept alive on what was called an iron lung.  Tens of thousands more were crippled and needed crutches to function.

In the 1950's Dr Jonas Salk introduced the first vaccine to prevent this disease carried by mosquitoes.  When the vaccine was first introduced parents believed a vaccinated person was a silent carrier of the disease.  Children were forbidden to play with other children who had been vaccinated.  It was like the dark ages when it came to understanding the disease and how it was transmitted.

For generations this disease thanks to one vaccine has been non-existent in the United States.

Amazing how a once dreaded virus capable of killing is now capable of healing.

When faced with the death sentence of a recurrent brain tumor, student Stephanie Lipscomb was given a ray of hope.  She was offered a totally experimental trial and would be the first human this therapy was tried on.

Today there was an article posted in USA Today documenting that Stephanie is cancer free and her tumor has disappeared.

Read the full article: 

USA Today

Comments (8)

Michael J. Perry
KW Elite - Lancaster, PA
Lancaster, PA Relo Specialist

Bonnie, love reading stories like this ! thanks for sharing such good news !

Apr 30, 2014 01:45 AM
Bonnie Vaughan
Scranton, PA
CNE SFR - Buyers/Sellers - Lackawanna & Surroundin

Michael It is especially meaningful because we have a young woman about the same age in our community who was diagnosed with this last summer.  Hoepfully if her tumor reappears this might be available for her.  thank you for commenting.

Apr 30, 2014 11:47 AM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Retired Home Stager/Redesign

May 03, 2014 11:02 AM
Bruce Kunz
C21 Solid Gold Realty, Brick, NJ, 732-920-2100 - Howell, NJ
REALTOR®, Brick & Howell NJ Homes for Sale

Hi Bonnie. Thank God for people who experiment! I hope Stephanie has continued success and that others have the same opportunity. Who would have thought...
Thanks for sharing.

May 04, 2014 06:05 AM
Beth and Richard Witt
Long Island Cash Home Buyer - Center Moriches, NY
Long Island Cash Home Buyer 516-330-6940

What a great story!!!

May 04, 2014 06:11 AM
Bette Gottwald
UNITED REAL ESTATE | Central PA - Mechanicsburg, PA
"Bet"on Central PA Real Estate!

Bonnie, this is an amazing story, thank you for sharing it!  

May 04, 2014 07:44 AM
Bonnie Vaughan
Scranton, PA
CNE SFR - Buyers/Sellers - Lackawanna & Surroundin

Thank you all for sharing your thoughts and comments.  I was so encouraged by the story I had to blog about it.  I think cures for many ilnesses are staring us in the face but we can't see them.

May 04, 2014 08:14 AM
Bonnie Vaughan
Scranton, PA
CNE SFR - Buyers/Sellers - Lackawanna & Surroundin


thank you so much for the feature.  I'd love to go to one of your open houses - preferably in January or February.  LOL 

May 04, 2014 08:16 AM