Combined delivery of engineered virus with immunotherapy improves outcomes in glioblastoma, phase I/II study shows

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Intratumoral delivery of an engineered oncolytic virus, DNX-2401, targeting glioblastoma cells combined with subsequent immunotherapy was safe and improved survival outcomes in a subset of patients with recurrent GBM, according to results from a multi-institutional phase I/II clinical trial co-led by researchers at MD Anderson Cancer Center and the University of Toronto.

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