Researchers from Switzerland are working on creating a prototype of biometrical implant that could alert those who wear it to the presence of cancer at the early stages.
The implant consists of genetic components that are incorporated into body cells. When this implant is placed under the patient’s skin, it is able to monitor blood calcium levels. According to the previous studies, the 30% of individuals with cancer have an elevated calcium concentration in their systems.
If the calcium levels rapidly rise, melanin would flood the genetically modified cells and will make it look like a brown mole. Thus, a person that has such a biometrical tattoo will be alerted sooner than obvious signs of cancer appear.
A new study from the University of Salford, UK, suggests that a combination of vitamin C and antibiotics can destroy cancer stem cells. This discovery can help develop a new strategy to fight cancer recurrence and treatment resistance.
In the course of the study, a team of researchers combined doxycycline administration with doses of vitamin C and was able to remove glucose from CSCs that effectively starved the cells to death.
Professor Michael Lisanti says: “Our results indicate it is a promising agent for clinical trials, and as an add-on to more conventional therapies, to prevent tumor recurrence, further disease progression, and metastasis.”
Scientists from Tel Aviv University, Israel, discovered a new mechanism causing cancerous cells to kill themselves off. They say that it could be very effective for aggressive forms of the condition, like pancreatic cancer.
The researchers observed this effect in cancer cell cultures and human cancer cells transplanted into mice. The next task for the scientists is to find out whether this mechanism works in the human body.
Malka Cohen-Armon, a lead researcher of the study, explains: “The discovery of an exclusive mechanism that kills cancer cells without impairing healthy cells, and the fact that this mechanism works on a variety of rapidly proliferating human cancer cells, is very exciting.”
A new study, executed by the researchers from Oregon State University, found how sulforaphane, a compound in broccoli and other cruciferous vegetables, can help to prevent cancer or slow its progression.
For their study, the scientists conducted whole-genome sequencing on normal human epithelial prostate cells and prostate cancer cells. They discovered that prostate cancer cells demonstrated high expression of IncRNAs, especially the one called LINC01116. When the researchers treat prostate cancer cells with sulforaphane, levels of LINC01116 were reduced, leading to a fourfold reduction in the cells’ ability to form colonies.
Lead study author Laura Beaver, of the Linus Pauling Institute and College of Public Health and Human Sciences at OSU, says: “It would be of significant value if we could develop methods to greatly slow the progress of cancer, [and] help keep it from becoming invasive.”
A team of scientists from the United States announced the development of revolutionary therapies to fight cancer. The results were presented at the summit of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in Washington
According to the study, treatment with genetically modified immune cells (called T-lymphocytes), in almost 90% of cases resulted in a complete recovery of patients who have been diagnosed with cancer of the blood of the last stage.
As noted by one of the study leaders, Professor Stanley Riddell, a new therapy has saved those patients who have not got helped by any of the traditional methods of treatment. Stanley Riddell said that have not found any signs of leukemia in patients, using very accurate technologies.
At the same time, scientists have noted that some patients died after treatment application, so it needs additional tests.
Earlier it was reported that the pharmaceutical companies of the world united for the fight against cancer.