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Cancer Super Drug

Posted by on Mar. 30, 2014 at 3:11 PM
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http://nypost.com/2013/03/27/one-drug-to-rule-them-all-researchers-find-treatment-that-kills-every-kind-of-cancer-tumor/

One drug to rule them all: Researchers find treatment that kills every kind of cancer tumor

Researchers might have found the Holy Grail in the war against cancer, a miracle drug that has killed every kind of cancer tumor it has come in contact with.

The drug works by blocking a protein called CD47 that is essentially a “do not eat” signal to the body’s immune system, according to Science Magazine.

This protein is produced in healthy blood cells but researchers at Stanford University found that cancer cells produced an inordinate amount of the protein thus tricking the immune system into not destroying the harmful cells.

With this observation in mind, the researchers built an antibody that blocked cancer’s CD47 so that the body’s immune system attacked the dangerous cells.

So far, researchers have used the antibody in mice with human breast, ovary, colon, bladder, brain, liver and prostate tumors transplanted into them. In each of the cases the antibody forced the mice’s immune system to kill the cancer cells.

“We showed that even after the tumor has taken hold, the antibody can either cure the tumor or slow its growth and prevent metastasis,” said biologist Irving Weissman of the Stanford University School of Medicine in Palo Alto, California.

One side effect of the treatment was that healthy cells were subjected to short-term attacks by the mice’s immune system, but the effect was nothing in comparison to the damage done to the cancer cells.

Weissman’s group recently received a $20 million dollar grant to move their research from mouse to human safety testing.

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JakeandEmmasMom
by Platinum Member on Mar. 30, 2014 at 3:45 PM
Amazing!
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stormcris
by Christy on Mar. 30, 2014 at 7:40 PM

Kewl

.Bad.Wolf.
by Member on Mar. 30, 2014 at 7:41 PM
Great news! :)
billsfan1104
by Emerald Member on Mar. 30, 2014 at 7:54 PM
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 I believe in my heart of hearts, that they have already found a cure.  they stand to make more money, by not releasing these cures!! 

I think that we will never hear of this pill ever again.

Sisteract
by Whoopie on Mar. 30, 2014 at 7:55 PM

Fantastic.

Donna6503
by Platinum Member on Mar. 30, 2014 at 8:15 PM
Cool
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Shoota
by Lauren on Mar. 30, 2014 at 9:43 PM
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Sadly I think you may be right. This article is from a year ago, and I haven't heard about it until now.

Quoting billsfan1104:

 I believe in my heart of hearts, that they have already found a cure.  they stand to make more money, by not releasing these cures!! 


I think that we will never hear of this pill ever again.

tinkermom87
by Member on Mar. 30, 2014 at 10:16 PM
If they do release it, I fear it will be at too high of a cost for most people and insurance companies will refuse to cover it.
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