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Viral therapy could make a world of difference for pediatric cancer patients that would otherwise be treated by chemotherapy.

The novel approach involves slightly altering a virus in the laboratory and injecting it directly into a solid cancer tumor, causing the tumor to shrink and disappear altogether.

After several years of research, Dr. Timothy Cripe and his team will soon launch a phase I clinical trial at Nationwide Children's Hospital to study viral therapy for kids with cancers like neuroblastoma and sarcoma.

Watch Dr. Cripe explain how viruses are used to treat certain types of childhood cancer.