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article imageAustralian scientist announces cancer chemotherapy breakthrough

By RobotGod     Oct 8, 2007 in Science
An Australian scientist has created a worlds-first chemotherapy test that they think could help save the lives of millions of cancer patients as well as shorten their treatment time.
breitbart reports that Phillip Hogg, professor and co-director of the university's Lowy Cancer Research Institute, has developed a dye that allows doctors to determine if chemotherapy treatments are working just 24 hours after they have started.
As it is now, cancer patients now have to wait for up to six months before they find out if the painful treatment is actually killing the cancer cells.
Usually, if the first round of chemotherapy does not work, new combinations of drugs are used and the process begins again. That is why this is important news.
"The process, as it stands now, means cancer patients go through a lot of trauma and many don't have the time to waste on ineffective therapies," Hogg told Kyodo News.
"The dye will allow doctors to tailor their treatment by being able to objectively say whether the drugs are effectively working or not. This will lead to longer life spans and better cure rates," he said.
The dye contains molecules that seek out and bind themselves to dying or dead tumor cells. The liquid is injected into the body and then they use a scan that reveals the extent of cancer cell death.
Hogg expects that the dye will work on all solid tumors, including lung, breast, prostate and colon cancers.
Last week, the U.S. pharmaceutical giant Covidien Ltd. wasted no time and signed a deal with the university to allow it to develop the product for commercial use.
This could save so many lives and stop painful treatments. I hope we hear more about this and it evolves to completely wipe out the disease.
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