Cheap, safe drug kills most cancers


I saw this article over at the blog of fellow Mississippian, “Hatless in Hattiesburg“. It’s a couple of weeks old, and I don’t know how I missed it, OR why it hasn’t gotten more exposure. I mean, How Big Is This???

 

t sounds almost too good to be true: a cheap and simple drug that kills almost all cancers by switching off their “immortality”. The drug, dichloroacetate (DCA), has already been used for years to treat rare metabolic disorders and so is known to be relatively safe.

It also has no patent, meaning it could be manufactured for a fraction of the cost of newly developed drugs.

Evangelos Michelakis of the University of Alberta in Edmonton, Canada, and his colleagues tested DCA on human cells cultured outside the body and found that it killed lung, breast and brain cancer cells, but not healthy cells. Tumours in rats deliberately infected with human cancer also shrank drastically when they were fed DCA-laced water for several weeks.

DCA attacks a unique feature of cancer cells: the fact that they make their energy throughout the main body of the cell, rather than in distinct organelles called mitochondria. This process, called glycolysis, is inefficient and uses up vast amounts of sugar.

Source: newscientist.com

I searched NP before I posted this, and I didn’t see it, so I guess that means I wasn’t the only one that missed it. Heh.

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5 Responses

  1. Interesting. My aunt starts chemo on thursday, and I will send this link, but think it’s too late to have an impact on the milieu she has chosen. She likes and trusts her doc’s down in Baton Rouge.

  2. It was definitely on your site; I remember looking up the side effects.

    /Or is that one of those repressed memories coming to the surface years after a traumatic experience? Yeah, I don’t believe in those either.

  3. Interesting post. Thanks!

    –Smith

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