A potential leap forward in the treatment of tumours

As someone who has had a brush with cancer myself, I know at first hand how invasive and unpleasant the current treatments are. That’s why the fireworks went off in my head when I read about the ‘Drug factory” beads implanted in mice’ that eliminated tumours within a week. And without causing damage to the surrounding healthy tissues!

https://newatlas.com/medical/drug-factory-beads-tumors-cancer-week/?utm_source=New+Atlas+Subscribers&utm_campaign=3f49431b45-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2022_03_03_11_44&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_65b67362bd-3f49431b45-92416841

Interleukin-2, a drug already approved by the FDA in the US, is made on-site by the drug factories [beads]. And the results were nothing short of miraculous:

“Once we determined the correct dose – how many factories we needed – we were able to eradicate tumors in 100 percent of animals with ovarian cancer and in seven of eight animals with colorectal cancer.”

https://newatlas.com/medical/drug-factory-beads-tumors-cancer-week/?utm_source=New+Atlas+Subscribers&utm_campaign=3f49431b45-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2022_03_03_11_44&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_65b67362bd-3f49431b45-92416841

Mice are not the same as humans so clinical trials will need to be carried out to see if this novel delivery system works as well in us as it does in lab animals, but we could be looking at a major revolution in the treatment of at least some cancers.

I strongly recommend reading the whole article on the New Atlas website.

cheers,
Meeks

About acflory

I am the kind of person who always has to know why things are the way they are so my interests range from genetics and biology to politics and what makes people tick. For fun I play online mmorpgs, read, listen to a music, dance when I get the chance and landscape my rather large block. Work is writing. When a story I am working on is going well I'm on cloud nine. On bad days I go out and dig big holes... View all posts by acflory

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