While browsing through the news as I do every morning, I ran across an article related to cancer research being performed by a group of Australians through Sydney-based EnGeneIC.
The story pleased me very much because it presented research that has the potential to end the need for persons who are experiencing different forms of cancer to ever endure chemotherapy again. If the research this group is pursuing succeeds in human trials in Melbourne hospitals this year, the reduction in human suffering could be historic.
Understand that towards the end of last year and into the early part of this year I had spend a good deal of time writing about the various Ribbon Campaigns associated with different forms of cancer. Here in Colorado Springs alone there are many people who have cancer from exposure to the sun. It is difficult for me to attempt to imagine the numbers of people around the world who could benefit from the research being done by this group in Australia.
The research the Australian group is doing involves the use of a, 'Trojan Horse,' approach to treating cancer. What this means is that they are using tiny nano-cells which can be used to deliver anti-cancer medications directly to cancer cells, without affecting healthy cells that surround the cancerous ones. Chemotherapy, on the other hand, damages whatever it comes in contact with. The nano-cells this group is using have been improved by this group of researchers, to the point where they are claiming a one-hundred percent efficiency rate at treatment of cancer in the mice they are using in their research.
The mice they have been using are resistant to conventional chemotherapy. The significance of this statement alone is profound. People with difficult to treat forms of cancer can only witness this research and pray that the human trials go extremely well. The research and work that this group of people are performing gives people with cancer hope.
The nano cells being used are administered in what is being described as, 'waves,' the first of which disable the cancer cells, removing the cancer cells' resistance mechanisms. The group has found that cancer cells are receptive to this form of treatment. Researchers have been able to use these nano cells repeatedly, loading them with a variety of different medications in order to fight cancer cells.
The best part of all of this is that should their research succeed in human trials - not only will chemotherapy become outdated, people with cancer will be able to receive this new form of therapy on an outpatient basis. The good news doesn't end there; this form of treatment uses less medication, and therefore presents less side-effects than chemotherapy as well. People would be able to receive treatment for cancer in a short period of time and go about their lives.
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