Revolution in Cancer Treatment

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  1. IdahoMom

    IdahoMom Former Member

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    http://news.independent.co.uk/world/science_technology/article2442002.ece

    Revolution in cancer treatment

    Scientists discover technique for pain-free, highly effective chemotherapy - the latest milestone in a miraculous medical journey

    By Steve Connor, Science Editor

    Published: 12 April 2007



    Cancer treatment could be on the brink of a revolution following a study showing that it may be possible significantly to improve the effectiveness of chemotherapy drugs without causing side effects.
    Scientists have conducted a series of pioneering experiments demonstrating a new way of making tumour cells far more susceptible to attack with extremely low doses of anti-cancer drugs. The development offers hope that the gruesome side effects of chemotherapy, suffered by tens of thousands of cancer patients, may at some point become a thing of the past.
    In addition to making chemotherapy more effective at eliminating tumour cells from the body, the study suggests that it is also possible to lower dosage levels to a point where toxic side effects from the drugs are unlikely to occur.
    The breakthrough was made possible with a revolutionary medical technique called RNA interference, which allows scientists to "silence" certain genes in a pioneering development first highlighted by The Independent in 2002.
    In one of the experiments, for instance, the scientists found that lung cancer tumour cells can be made to be 10,000 times more sensitive to the anti-cancer drug Taxol - an unprecedented improvement in the power of the treatment.
    Taxol - also known as paclitaxel - is also used to treat ovarian cancer and advanced breast cancer. Side effects include fatigue, nausea, numbness and bone marrow depletion leading to lowered immunity and vulnerability to infections.
     
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  3. Peter Hamilton

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    This "RNA Interference" sounds really promising--the best hope yet against chemo's horrible side effects--Our neighbor's mother was recently diagnosed with esopagheal cancer--Chemo made her throw up so much she had to be re-hospitalized--but her body is shutting down,doctors originally gave her 9 months to live,now they give her only 9 days--poor soul,she's only 64--3 kids,6 grandkids
     
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    I'm sorry to hear about your neighbor's mother, Peter. My broker's ex had esophageal cancer and he really suffered with it. I can't imagine being told that I only had 9 days. I was with my Grandmother when she was told that she couldn't have another chemotherapy treatment- that the treatment would kill her, and that she needed to go home and live out her last days the way she wanted. It was like the floor dropped out. I can't imagine what it felt like for her. :(

    I was excited to read about this breakthrough, too. It sounds like they may be on the right track as the chemo itself has been a big hurdle for so may sick with cancer.

    More information at this link:

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/connected/main.jhtml?xml=/connected/2007/04/12/ngenes12.xml
     
  5. Peter Hamilton

    Peter Hamilton New Member

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    Let's hope so IdahoMom!
     

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