08 March 2013
Researchers have successfully eradicated 200 tumours in mice using gene therapy techniques, curing the rodents of lung cancer without producing any adverse side effects.
In what could be a discovery that changes the face of cancer treatment, a team led by Dr Laura Soucek of the Vall d'Hebron Institute of Oncology in Barcelona blocked the production of a protein that drives the development of tumours.
What's more, the treatment continued to be effective after several rounds of therapy, suggesting the mice will not become resistant to it. Currently, patients become unresponsive after a certain amount of cancer treatment.
Dr Soucek commented: "We're so excited about reaching this turning point and I am quite certain that it will change the course of cancer therapy, despite there being a long road ahead."
The next step on this road is to adapt the treatment into a form that is suitable for clinical trials and safe use by humans.
Posted by Jeanette Royston
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