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New Cancer Treatment Successful in Mice

New Cancer Treatment Successful in Mice
July 19
16:09 2016

Chemotherapy has been a go-to cancer treatment for many years, but the risky process carries horrific side effects and doesn’t always work.

Scientists are now looking to ultraviolet light as a potential option for cancer treatment. Early test results (in mice) indicate the new method has potential.

When used on mice, the experimental UV treatment was able to kill 95% of targeted cancer cells in just two hours. The new treatment is based on optogentics, an experimental concept that uses light to fight cancer cells.

UV treatment is simple and less invasive than methods like chemotherapy. The process starts with nitrobenzaldehyde, which is injected into the cancerous tumor. Doctors then focus a beam of UV light and zap the affected area.

Combined with the UV light, the injection causes cancerous cells to become acidic – which causes them to die.

“Even though there are many different types of cancers, the one thing they have in common is their susceptibility to this induced cell suicide,” explains associate professor Matthew Gdovin of the University of Texas San Antonio.

Unlike chemo, which attacks the entire body, UV light treatment affects only a specific region. This is especially promising for tumors in areas like the aorta, brain stem, and spine. It would also be a valuable option for children and patients who have already undergone maximum radiation treatment.

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