In a breakthrough, researchers have developed a new mechanism to which they claim they can kill up to 95 percent of cancer cells within two hours. The revolutionary method will help doctors in curing tumours that are hard-to-reach and are inoperable. In addition, the method is a blessing in disguise for children suffering from cancer, says study.
Lead researcher Matthew Gdovin, Associate Professor at the University of Texas at San Antonio, who developed the method has also patented it. In the new method, doctors will inject a chemical compound named nitrobenzaldehyde into the tumour. The compound will diffuse into the tissue within few minutes and later researchers will beam a light at the tissue so that cells become acidic and commit suicide. By forcing cells to commit suicide, researchers have developed a novel way to kill 95 percent of cancer cells within a couple of hours.
“Even though there are many different types of cancers, the one thing they have in common is their susceptibility to this induced cell suicide,” Gdovin said.
During trials, Gdovin tested the effect of treatment on the triple negative breast cancer as it is one of the hardest to detect and spreads very aggressively. Later he conducted trials on mice and found that tumour growth took a standstill and survival chances of mice increased by 200 percent.
Sometimes researchers find it very difficult in removing tumours when they are in problematic areas like in the brains stem, spine or aorta; In such cases, the method can a huge help by forcing cells to commit suicide.
The new method will also aid patients those who have received the maximum amount of radiation and don’t want to bear any more pain. The study is in its preliminary stages and more research and clinical trials are required to refine the method.
The study appeared in the Journal of Clinical Oncology.
First Published on: Jun 29, 2016, 12:50 PM