Posted: Apr 02, 2015 3:25 PM CST
Written by Allison Twaits
CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO (KFVS) -In the world of cancer research, doctors are excited to learn more about a clinical trial out of Duke University.
The experiment involves injecting the polio virus in to the tumor, you might have caught the special on CBS' 60 Minutes.
What you might not know is one patient who took part in that clinical trial had ties to the Heartland.
Doctor David Crowe was an orthodontist and avid photographer who spent his whole life in southeast Missouri.
He lived in Cape Girardeau, Missouri. And he was one of the 22 patients who received the polio injection.
Glioblastoma is the most deadly of malignant brain tumors in adults.
In Scott Pelley's report, which aired on CBS' 60 Minutes, researchers explain a breakthrough with using the polio virus to fight cancer.
"Researchers are finding that the Polio virus starts the killing but it is the immune system that is awaken to the infection that wrecks the tumor,” said Scott Pelley.
Doctor David Crowe was diagnosed with the same tumor.
Crowe was the sixth person to take part in the clinical trial at Duke University using the polio virus to fight cancer.
Twenty-one other patients took part in the clinical trial and some saw great success seeing the cancer gone.
Oncologists at Saint Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau say they will share the treatment option with their patients.
"I'm always thrilled when I have one more tool to offer my patients so I think it is an exciting time us as well,” said Doctor Olivia Aranha.
Doctor Aranha said this clinical trial could be the start to finding a cure.
"To now have it work so well, I think it just needs more enrollment a larger number of patients and a bigger trial. It will only grow," said Aranha. "I don't see if fading away."
Dr. David Crow lost his battle with cancer in 2014 at the age of 62, though his life was extended.
But doctors at Duke say patients like him who took part in this trial helped them further their research into what many see as a promising cancer treatment.
Watch the 60 Minutes Report: