A 61‐year‐old man with stage III Hodgkin lymphoma was hospitalized for the infection of Covid-19 in the UK. He was hospitalized for 11 days and did not receive any cancer treatment. Four months later, the PET-CT scan result showed that his lymphoma was largely gone!
Everyone were suppressed, including his doctors and the scientists who saw the results, and no one knows what has caused the cancer remission if no anticancer drugs have been given during the course of his disease.
After looking at a similar case in the US, doctors and scientists have concluded that the most probable reason of his remission is the combined actions of his immune system: for unknown reasons, the patient’s own immune system was activated by the Covid-19 infection, and the anticancer power of T-cells and natural killer cells was released. Together with their anti-viral functions, they attacked both Covid-19 infected cells and the lymphoma cells.
Although this news is very exciting, it’s the only report so far regarding Covid-19 induced cancer remission. The chance of making the Covid-19 infection an anticancer therapy is extremely low as it’s dangerous and even life-threatening to most cancer patients. But what this rare case shows us is a future with hopes: the immuno-oncology drugs and immunotherapies currently under development may actually cure certain types of cancer in the near future.
Cancer vaccine-based therapy is one of the options among those emerging immunotherapies. Using genetic engineering technology, scientists could identify unique neoantigens, a type of cancer specific molecules, and then create vaccines that enable the key immune cells, including T-cells, to recognize and kill those cells that carry the neoantigens. Just like what the virus infection did to the cancer patient, after the cancer vaccine is administered, the patient’s own immune system will be activated and the T-cells and other immune cells will be taught and directed to recognize and destroy the cancer cells.
Several cancer vaccines are currently being tested in clinical trials to see if the combination of cancer vaccines with immune-oncology drugs will bring better treatment effects than using the them alone.
New drugs bring new hope. Ask your doctor about the cancer vaccine related therapies and find out if you could benefit from them.
- SARS‐CoV‐2‐induced remission of Hodgkin lymphoma. British Journal of Haematology; January2, 2021. https://doi.org/10.1111/bjh.17116
- Complete spontaneous remission of diffuse large B-cell lymphoma of the maxillary sinus after concurrent infections. Clinical Lymphoma, Myeloma & Leukemia; 2012; 12:455– 8. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/23025990/
- Individualized neoantigen vaccines. Nature Research; September 28, 2020. https://www.nature.com/articles/d42859-020-00026-3
- Personalized cancer vaccine clinical trial to expand following promising early results. University of Arizona Health Sciences; November 10, 2020. https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2020/11/201110102550.htm
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pushpamala reddy saysFebruary 3, 2021 at 8:43 pm
Rishad Shiraz saysFebruary 6, 2021 at 11:48 am
Really exciting finding indeed !
John Winchester saysFebruary 17, 2021 at 4:05 am
Lymphoma patients are immunocompromised – this covid-19 explanation sounds like wishful thinking. At stage 3 I would assume he had 6-8 cycles of chemotherapy, steroids, and possibly even radiotherapy prior to the Covid-19 infection.
Louise B. Andrew MD saysAugust 28, 2021 at 7:22 pm
The case report specifically states that this patient had received no treatment as yet for his lymphoma. There are now several other case reports showing similar remissions in the wake of Covid-19. It could still be coincidental, but there are several putative mechanisms that make it worthy of investigation.
Thomas Ascher saysMarch 26, 2021 at 6:57 pm
After receiving Covid vaccine Moderna my Igm went down from 1700 to 25! I have or had lymphoma!
Anette Stahel saysMarch 31, 2021 at 8:59 am
>Although this news is very exciting, it’s the only report so far regarding Covid-19 induced cancer remission.
No, that’s NOT true. See, for example, dr Federico Pasin’s case report on a dramatic NK cell lymphoma remission by SARS-CoV-2 in a patient: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7716983/
And there are several in vitro studies showing the strong oncoapoptotic/oncolytic effect of this virus also. It’s time we face it; Covid-19 is an efficient and health-bringing cancer cleanser for the absolute majority of people who acquire it. For those interested, I’ve written a longer article about not only the cancer cleansing properties of SARS-CoV-2 but of many other viruses as well (and of bacteria). You find it at my website, at https://anettestahel.wixsite.com/home/post/atreasure
Krista saysMay 9, 2021 at 11:24 pm
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Golda Freundlich saysMarch 31, 2021 at 5:16 pm
I am CLL patient untreated 20 years. Preparing to start treatment (allabrutinib) after 2nd Moderna shot in mid-April. One week after my 1st Moderna shot my WBC has dropped from consistent 70’s and 60’s to 42,000. Was vaccine the trigger?
Anette Stahel saysApril 8, 2021 at 11:59 am
Hi Golda! I’ll tell you what. Why don’t you read my new article on this subject, which is at https://anettestahel.wixsite.com/home/post/atreasure, and then, with help from the additional info you find in it, go ahead and draw your own conclusion? 😉
Astro Luck saysApril 15, 2021 at 5:05 pm
I had a similar positive experience. I have(had?) severe IBS-D to the point where my food items were down to white potato, white bread and white chicken, I could not tolerate the smallest amount slightest amount of dairy or fiber. I got covid-19 in Feb and forced myself to consume chicken broth(with garlic and onions) as I was feeling nauseated with any food. As I recovered, I was extremely hungry and started consuming foods that gave me trouble before and my tolerance has gone up significantly to the point that I finally started gaining weight after losing it for over a year. I am even able to handle a little yogurt. Not brave enough yet to try milk straight.
Covid has been a blessing in my case.
Ranjit Nayak saysMay 24, 2021 at 10:45 am
Nice and interesting !!! Thank you so much for sharing. Keep sharing to learn more.
Ada saysMay 30, 2021 at 1:32 am
My friend has this same situation. She is 50 years old and had serious stage IV cancer. Last year, she “unlucky” got Covid-19. After she healed from Covid-19, this year her cancer is “all gone” and she is totally healed. She is living in USA. REAL STORY.
Just_Some_Guy saysOctober 1, 2021 at 8:12 am
There is something to this. I have had a benign cyst on my chest/breast since I was 10 years old (almost 50 years old man now). Fully vaccinated almost six months ago, and the lump is almost completely gone!
Liz saysDecember 6, 2022 at 9:33 pm
I got Covid and my lymph nodes got bigger … but then last last 9 months , they are actually smaller . It definitely does something . We will see how long it lastsI have follicular stage 3
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