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Hope in the Diagnosis: New Developments in the Cancer Treatment World You Haven’t Heard Of

Date : Feb 21,2014
By : Anita Ginsburg

Cancer is a disease which causes abnormal cells to divide without control, and it is able to invade other tissues. There are over 100 different types of cancer. This year, approximately 13 million Americans will be diagnosed with cancer.

New Approach to Cancer Treatment

Scientist have discovered that cancer has a genetic or molecular basis. This extremely important discovery is changing the way cancer drug screening is conducted and the way that new cancer medications are being developed. One example of new scientific research is the development of medications with specific anti-tumor activity for cancers that have solid tumors, such as ovarian, lung and other types of cancers.

New Cancer Treatments

Doctors are very excited about a new drug treatment for cancer called “molecularly targeted therapy.” There are several drugs designed at the molecular level to kill specific types of cancer cells. Gilvec ( ST1571) is leading the way against a form of leukemia, called chronic myeloid leukemia, which is characterized by an overproduction of white blood cells. Approximately 7,000 Americans are diagnosed with this type of leukemia each year, and Gilvec appears to be very effective. TR100 is in the process of getting a priority review by the FDA and will be available within the next few months.

Chemotherapy That Does Not Affect Non-cancerous Cells

Chemotherapy drugs typically have serious side effects because they attack all of the cells of the body. Lund University in Sweden has discovered proteins that control cell division. The retinoblastoma protein obstructs cell division, so it is absent in most cancerous tumors. This leads to an increase in gamma–tubulin, which encourages the development of cancerous tumors. When this protein is blocked, tumor cells die.

Cancer Cell Destruction

Researchers in Australia have developed a new drug called TR100, that may become a cure-all for all types of cancer. This drug basically causes all types of cancerous tumors to self-destruct. The cells in the body need support structures to hold their shape, and two proteins, actin and myosin, give cancer cells their structure, and they are not found in healthy cell structures. TR100 triggers cancer cell death, as it destroys the proteins used by cancer cells. The cells break down and are absorbed, recycled and reused by the body. This drug is currently being tested on human beings.

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