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Cancer Drug Kills Every Kind of Tumor: Study

Discussion in 'Off-topic Zone' started by jobberone, Mar 29, 2013.

  1. jobberone

    jobberone Right turn Clyde Staff Member

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    Stanford University scientists have discovered a single drug that has killed or shrunk every kind of cancer tumor it has been used against — a new anti-cancer weapon that some have described as a kind of medical Holy Grail.

    The drug blocks a protein produced in large amounts by cancer cells — called CD47 — that keeps the body’s immune system from fighting tumors. By shutting down the CD47 production, the new antibody drug effectively leaves cancer cells vulnerable to the body’s own natural defense mechanisms.
    Tests of the drug found that it destroyed several kinds of human cancer cells transplanted into mice — including breast, ovary, colon, bladder, brain, liver, and prostate tumors — by prompting the rodents’ immune systems to kill the cancer cells.

    “We showed that even after the tumor had 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 an interview with Science Magazine.

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  2. DFWJC

    DFWJC Well-Known Member Zone Supporter

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    That's really promising.
    Thanks for posting.
  3. visionary

    visionary Well-Known Member

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    its called a BULLET

    it kills all kinds of tumors by killing the host
  4. burmafrd

    burmafrd Well-Known Member

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    Believe it when it really comes out. There have been rumors before of a magic bullett drug.
  5. notherbob

    notherbob Active Member

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    Sounds great but even if it really works, somehow I doubt the public will ever have it available as a treatment, at least in this country.
  6. Yeagermeister

    Yeagermeister Active Member

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    Sounds like the beginning of all the zombie movies
  7. LynnFoster

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    I've seen Weissman give talks before, he is a spectacularly bright guy. He is one of the top stem cell guys around, interesting that he is doing this type of work too.
  8. jobberone

    jobberone Right turn Clyde Staff Member

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    :laugh2: It does. I Am Legend. <ghost sounds>

    To others, this is not a toxic drug but only blocks production of a substance that cancers produce which causes the body NOT to attack the cancer. The drug allows the body to fight the cancer naturally with the immune system.
  9. jobberone

    jobberone Right turn Clyde Staff Member

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    Interesting. Can you give us any more info? And you should post more!
  10. LynnFoster

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    Thanks! Weissman is one of the big fish at Stanford and in Stem Cells/Regenerative Medicine in general. I don't know him but he seems like a class act. If you have tracked that space there has been a lot of hype, but Weissman and a few others have said long and loud that it was going to take a long time and that adult stem cells were what people should focus on rather than embryonic stem cells (which got 95% of the press). He founded a company with David Anderson of Caltech called Stem Cells Inc.

    Him and guys like Robert Chow were totally on the mark in what they said, if you look at the real breakthroughs it has been from taking your own stem cells from your body to reuse them. All the hype and loud shouting was around embryonic stem cells and almost nothing has come out of that area.
  11. jobberone

    jobberone Right turn Clyde Staff Member

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    Good stuff. I'll ask around about him and see if I can come up with anything. I'm afraid I don't know much at all about this. They hadn't invented stem cells when I was taught. Well very basic stuff about pluripotent cells. I have some friends in regenerative genetics and I'll talk with them tomorrow.
  12. notherbob

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    It does, indeed, sound like a good thing and I hope it is something that can be brought to bear against cancers. I expect; however, there to develop some reason why it cannot be implemented - there always is whenever some breakthrough is announced. We seem to always have to stay with the present modalities for some reason.
  13. jobberone

    jobberone Right turn Clyde Staff Member

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    Oh, shah. Don't be so negative Bob. :) This is huge news. Unless we find some unforeseen side effect this sounds extremely promising. And we are getting more and more genetically targeted drugs that use our own cells to deliver cytotoxic drugs to just cancer cells and not the healthy cells.

    We're getting closer.
  14. StarMan

    StarMan Well-Known Member

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    Greed is king. Too much money to be made off cancer patients.
  15. ScipioCowboy

    ScipioCowboy More than meets the eye. Zone Supporter

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    In which country would It be made Available?

    Most new medicines and cures are developed here.
  16. Hoofbite

    Hoofbite Well-Known Member

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    Usually it's safety. Antibodies are tricky because they can stimulate an immune response that is more deadly than what they are trying to treat.
  17. Hoofbite

    Hoofbite Well-Known Member

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    As opposed to treating short-term and letting people die, couldn't they make more if they had a drug that would keep people alive as long as they took it?
  18. TheSport78

    TheSport78 The Excellence of Execution

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    This. The pharma companies would lose billions of dollars.

    Sad world we live in.
  19. jobberone

    jobberone Right turn Clyde Staff Member

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    It take billions to develop a drug when you're having to look at hundreds of chemicals to find one promising one. Then you have to make sure its safe which cost billions more. So yes some are expensive because companies have to make a profit so they can actually find and make drugs.

    Not so long ago we didn't cure cancers at all then just a few. Now we are on the precipice of actually curing and not just treating most cancers.
  20. Denim Chicken

    Denim Chicken Well-Known Member

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    Just like every other seemingly 'breakthrough', you will never hear about this again.

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