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Mar 15, 2016 7:05 PM

Possible breakthrough in the treatment of most deadly cancers


CHANGING FAMILIES - A new cancer treatment that uses nanotechnology is said to have shown “astounding” results in mice. Patients are injected with a porous silicon material that has absorbed an anti-cancer drug.

Scientists believe the technique could offer a treatment for two main causes for death - cancer of the lungs and liver that has metastasized. That is when the cancer has spread from its original source to another or other parts of the body.

Researchers at the Houston Methodist Research Institute developed the method of delivering anti-cancer drugs to these vital organs using a “nanoparticle generator” that can shut down a tumour cell’s ability to develop a drug resistance.

Tests on mice with incurable breast cancer that had spread to the lungs shows that half of them were effectively cured of the disease after eight months of follow-up. That is equivalent to 24 years of long-term survival in humans.

If the finding were to be replicated by other researchers, it would represent a new milestone in cancer therapy.

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