The Doctors: A Cure For Cancer?
Could we finally have a breakthrough in cancer research? A group of Danish and Canadian cancer researchers might have accidentally stumbled upon a cure for many cancers. While testing a malaria vaccine in humans, they found that a specific protein was able to attack 90% of cancer cells. They’re only testing on mice at the moment, but the results are promising and they hope to begin human trials within the next few years.
The Doctors explained that cancer is the uncontrollable growth of cells in your body which means it can be any type of cell and has a lot of factors, so there’s no magic cure for every single type of cancer. They liked that this research used targeted therapy. Dr Jennifer Ashton explained that it falls under immunotherapy in cancer, which is newer, but not brand new. The general idea is that you “sneak attack” the cancer to kill it in the immune system. The key is to kill cancer wihout affecting healthy cells.
The Doctors: Finding A Cure For Cancer
Dr Ashon explained that there is a ton of cancer therapy and research using the placenta right now because it’s a fetal organ which means it doesn’t belong to the mother, and it grows rapidly from a couple of cells to about two pounds of weight by the end of pregnancy which is similar to the rate of growth in some types of cancers. Stem cells, immune therapy, blood flow, and development is all about the placenta. The malaria protein was attaching to the placenta and a lot of cancer cells have that same attaching mechanism. They added a toxin to the malaria vaccine, and when tested on mice, it was found to be 90% effective.