Anti-cancer drug kills cancer cells without damage to surrounding tissue

A new development that just in.

In a joint article in the journal Cancer Discovery, the researchers from The University of Toronto’s Harry H. C. Mackie Centre for Natural Product Discovery, and the University of Montreal’s Laboratory of Protein Science and Bioengineering describe the details of an easy-to-dose anti-cancer drug that can kill cancer cells at just about any location in the body. The anti-cancer drug, which is found in green coffee bean extract, is proving to be a double-digit winner in tests against leukemias, but unlike others that target cancer cells, this anti-cancer drug effectively targets both “cell dwellers” and “induced nodules.”

The anti-cancer drug targets stem cells in the brain stem and causes an increase in so-called “plasticity” in the brain stem, which changes the appearance of cells in the brain stem and helps stem cells destroy other cells. The growth of stem cells has long been a focus of researchers working to develop treatments for brain tumors and cancers. The new drug seems to be effective at causing a slight decrease in stem cell growth, while most other anti-cancer drugs do not actually have the effect of causing stem cells to grow less. The anti-cancer drug does not have a shelf life, can be taken orally, and can be used over and over again to tackle cancer.

The team who are both researching this new anti-cancer drug are hoping to use it to target melanoma, and the effectiveness of this anti-cancer drug against this particular form of cancer has been proven to be very promising.

The good news here is that for many, this could mean the end of toxic, high-dose chemotherapy, something that both the doctors and patients will likely benefit from.

Read the full story at The Huffington Post.


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