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A glimmer of hope on the horizon...

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If it works on ovarian cancer...maybe it will work on UPSC which is said to be similar.

Full article here: http://www.thespec.com/news-story/3845131-cancer-breakthrough-new-drug-shown-to-prevent-cancer-growth-ready-for-human-testing/


Excerpts from article:

Cancer breakthrough: New drug shown to prevent cancer growth ready for human testing

Researchers seek approval to start human testing

Two of the world's foremost cancer researchers announced Tuesday the creation of a new drug aimed at preventing the growth of an array of cancers.

Tak Mak, director of the Campbell Family Institute for Breast Cancer Research at the Princess Margaret Cancer Centre, and Dr. Dennis Slamon, of the University of California, Los Angeles, are part of the 100-person team that developed the drug, which has been tested on human ovarian, breast, pancreas, lung and colon cancer in mice.

The researchers are calling the drug a "sharpshooter" for its ability to target a specific enzyme, rather than take a "one-size-fits-all" approach, Slamon explained to reporters at a Toronto news conference.

Developed by an international team of researchers, the new drug, called CFI-400945, has so far cost $40 million to produce. It was funded by donations.

A 4,000-page application to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration was filed in April and a submission to Health Canada was made Monday. The team hopes to begin testing the drug on humans in clinical trials later this year.

The initial reaction from the FDA was "favourable," Mak said, noting it made some suggestions that are to be reviewed.

Mak said the drug responded "spectacularly" when tested on human breast and ovarian cancer in mice.

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Double Whammy
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From what I understand, he is a relentless researcher who identified the HER-2 receptor in breast cancer and developed the drug, Herceptin, to target and treat HER-2 positive breast cancers. It's really a big deal.  Hope this also turns out to be a really big deal.


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Really encouraging to hear of a potential new treatment coming through.  There are so many pathways being researched that it is only a matter of time before a new, novel treatment hits the market.  Here's hoping!

Suzanne - love your new profile pic - great hairdo which really suits you.  You're looking GREAT!


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This is very positive - i pray that many woman can benefit from this!

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