THE LATEST ADVANCES IN PREVENTION AND TREATMENT Cancer

...most cancer drugs have severe side effects, and the immune systems of most cancer patients become depressed or cease to function as the cancer progresses and treatment protocols are instituted by the oncologists who treat them. The combination of chemotherapy and radiation often takes a grave tool on those battling cancer, as opportunistic infections such as pneumonia and the fungal infection known as thrust attack the depleted immune system.

Dr Peter J. D'Adamo

Most chemotherapy drugs wreak havoc because they also damage or destroy healthy cells throughout the body. This leads to side effects (fatigue, anemia, hair loss, and low immunity), thus making super-potent doses of chemo too dangerous. Until now.

An experimental strategy called "suicide" gene therapy prompts tumors to activate chemo drugs only in cancer cells.
In a recent British study of 12 women with late-stage breast cancer, this therapy surprised researchers by killing tumors elsewhere in the body. The treatment may have taught the women's immune systems to recognize and destroy other tumor cells, suspects researcher Susan Kingsman, PhD, of Oxford University. She is also studying this strategy in people with pancreatic cancer. "We can essentially vaccinate patients against their own tumors," she says.
If research is successful, this therapy could be widely available by 2008.

CONTRIBUTORS DAVID CARUSO, KASIA DAWIDOWSKA, TOBY HANLON, BARBARA LOECHER, JORDAN MATUS, PAULA RASICH, JUDITH SPRINGER RIDDLE, ERIN VERKLER
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