A new breakthrough in the fight against cancer. According to a new scientific study, an experimental drug has the ability to block the gene responsible for the growth of many tumors.
Will the fight against cancer soon be history? If this probability has so far revealed more of a sci-fi movie, a new discovery it could be a game changer. Scientists have recently made a major breakthrough. In particular, they found that the experimental drug has the ability to block the gene responsible for the growth of many tumors.
Specifically, the treatment, known as OMO-103, works by suppressing MYC, which orchestrates the messages that tell cells to divide. To understand its potentially beneficial effect on the disease, the researchers used a dozen patients with various forms of difficult-to-treat cancer. And to their surprise, the drug was able to stop tumor growth in eight of them. Among them, two had pancreatic cancer, three had colon cancer, while the rest had lung cancer, sarcoma and salivary gland cancer.
In terms of adverse side effects associated with the treatment, the researchers did not find any serious ones. They reported mild reactions to the intravenous infusion, such as chills, fever, nausea, skin rash, and low blood pressure.
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“These are very exciting results”
“MYC is one of the most sought-after targets in cancer because it plays a key role in the development of many common human cancers,” explained Dr. Elena Garralda, director of the early drug development unit at the Vall d’Hebron Oncology Institute in Barcelona, and recalled that to date “no drug that inhibits MYC has been approved for clinical use”.
These first discoveries are a promising sign that an innovative treatment could soon see the light of day. For Dr. Lawrence Young, an oncologist at the University of Warwick in the United Kingdom, “These are very exciting results, but it’s still early days.”
According to information published Public Health France, the cancer responsible for the largest number of cancer deaths in men remains lung cancer (23,000). This is followed by colorectal cancer and prostate cancer (9,000 and 8,000). In women, these are breast (12,000), lung (10,000) and colorectal (8,000) cancers.
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