In Houston, USA, a newest experimental method developed by scientists to kill cancer cells in just two hours is also predicted to tremendously help people with inoperable or hard-to-reach tumours.
And so the race to find a permanent cure for cancerous tumours is getting to its peak as researchers discover a means in which the deadly cell can be spurred to commit suicide within the body and die off.
How Newest Method to Eliminate Cancer Cells Works
This latest patented method published in The Journal of Clinical Oncology, involves injecting a chemical compound, nitrobenzaldehyde, into the tumour and allowing it to diffuse into the tissue, may also benefit young children stricken with cancer.
Developed by Matthew Gdovin, Associate Professor at University of Texas at San Antonio, it aims a beam of light at the tissue, causing the cell to become very acidic inside and, essentially, commit suicide.
Gdovin’s remarkable estimation is that with this method, up to 95 per cent of the targeted cancer cells die withing two 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.”
The professor tested his method against triple negative breast cancer — one of the most aggressive types of cancer and one of the hardest to treat. After one treatment in the laboratory, Gdovin was able to stop the tumor from growing and double chances of survival in mice.
This non-invasive method, he hope, will help cancer patients with tumours in areas that have proven problematic for surgeons, such as the brain stem, aorta or spine.
Unlike the chemotherapy treatments which target all cells in the body (certain chemotherapeutics try to keep cancer cells acidic as a way to kill the cancer. This is what causes many cancer patients to lose their hair and become sickly), this newest method is more precise and can target just the cancerous tumour.
It could also help people who have received the maximum amount of radiation treatment and can no longer cope with the scarring and pain that goes along with it, or children who are at risk of developing mutations from radiation as they grow older.
“There are so many types of cancer for which the prognosis is very poor,” he said. “We’re thinking outside the box and finding a way to do what for many people is simply impossible.”