We all want someone to find the cure for cancer. This is promising research. It is still in the petri dish stage but certainly shows possibilities. Scientists have known how to turn on cancer for some time, but now it seems they have found an off switch. Of course, prevention is still the best approach, followed by dealing with nutrition, stress and toxins to create a body terrain that is not suited to cancer. However, if a switch to turn off the overgrowth really works, that would speed up the recovery to normal.
Cancer cells have been programmed back to normal by scientists in a breakthrough which could lead to new treatments and even reverse tumour growth.
For the first time aggressive breast, lung and bladder cancer cells have been turned back into harmless benign cells by restoring the function which prevents them from multiplying excessively and forming dangerous growths.
Scientists at the Mayo Clinic in Florida, US, said it was like applying the brakes to a speeding car.
So far it has only been tested on human cells in the lab, but the researchers are hopeful that the technique could one day be used to target tumours so that cancer could be ‘switched off’ without the need for harsh chemotherapy or surgery.
“We should be able to re-establish the brakes and restore normal cell function,” said Profesor Panos Anastasiadis, of the Department for Cancer Biology.
“Initial experiments in some aggressive types of cancer are indeed very promising.
“It represents an unexpected new biology that provides the code, the software for turning off cancer.”
Source: Sarah Knapton, Science editor
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