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The cure for cancer?

This article was featured on NPTA. It sure would be great if the FDA would allow this research to go quickly to start testing on humans!

New Therapy Could Help Treat Terminal Cancer
A promising therapy developed by researchers at the California Pacific Medical Center Research Institute in San Francisco could become a treatment option for patients suffering from advanced stage, terminal cancer.

The researchers have developed an antibody to a molecule called platelet endothelial cell adhesion-1 (PECAM-1), which regulates the proteins that feed cancer when it has reached its final, most lethal stage. The antibody successfully blocked PECAM-1 from fueling metastatic cancer growth, and it improved the health of mice with terminal cancer.

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Asked by TeensMom07 at 6:13 AM on Oct. 7, 2010 in Health

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  • Dr. Robert Debs, M.D., one of the lead authors of the study on the new antibody, said is has so far shown effectiveness against metastatic colon cancer, breast cancer and melanoma without producing the toxic effects often associated with chemotherapies.

    “The anti-PECAM-1 antibody is very exciting because it shows effectiveness against a number of terminal cancers, and also concurrently slows the debilitating wasting syndrome that can develop as cancerous tumors become large, disseminated and destructive,” Debs said in a news release. “This is the first step, but it has the potential to significantly improve the lives of patients now suffering hopelessly from terminal cancers.”

    Comment by TeensMom07 (original poster) at 6:13 AM on Oct. 7, 2010

  • Usually, by the time a cancer has metastasized or spread to other parts of the body, it is at such an advanced stage that patients have little to no treatment options. Most research is focused on catching cancer early and preventing it from getting to this point. The researchers at California Pacific Medical Center are hoping that the PECAM-1 antibody will give a ray of hope to patients who have been diagnosed with advanced stage cancer and will encourage more research to be done on terminal cancer treatments.

    So far, the PECAM-1 antibody has proven effective only in mice, but the researchers are hoping to begin testing on humans within the next two years. The research on the PECAM-1 antibody will be published in the latest edition of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences medical journal.

    Comment by TeensMom07 (original poster) at 6:14 AM on Oct. 7, 2010

  • NPTA, by the way, is National Pharmacy Technician Association.

    Comment by TeensMom07 (original poster) at 6:15 AM on Oct. 7, 2010

  • Thanks for posting the article. Another thing to look at is apricot seeds. That is a little known secret that people need to know about.

    Answer by MaryWolfe at 6:20 AM on Oct. 7, 2010

  • That's really promising news! I hope they find a cure, too many lives are lost every year to this deadly disease.

    Answer by Scuba at 7:11 AM on Oct. 7, 2010

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