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Smallpox vaccine kills liver cancer
San Francisco Chronicle

A global team of scientists led by Bay Area doctors is studying an unusual new technique – involving, in part, injecting a genetically engineered smallpox vaccine directly into tumors – that they hope will prolong the lives of patients with untreatable liver cancer. If the therapy proves effective, it would be one of only two treatments available for people with liver cancer that has failed to be stopped by traditional chemotherapy and radiation, and for whom removal of the tumor isn’t an option.