Cancer, Your Time Is Running Out

Scientists have unearthed a protein which has the potential to kill cancer cells. Testing is still in the early stages, but the compound appears to work against leukemia.

As someone who has lost friends to cancer, this is welcome news indeed.

Scientists at Albert Einstein College of Medicine have discovered the first compound that directly makes cancer cells commit suicide while sparing healthy cells. The new treatment approach, described in today’s issue of Cancer Cell, was directed against acute myeloid leukemia (AML) cells but may also have potential for attacking other types of cancers.

AML accounts for nearly one-third of all new leukemia cases and kills more than 10,000 Americans each year. The survival rate for patients has remained at about 30 percent for several decades, so better treatments are urgently needed.

The newly discovered compound combats cancer by triggering apoptosis — an important process that rids the body of unwanted or malfunctioning cells. Apoptosis trims excess tissue during embryonic development, and some chemotherapy drugs indirectly induce apoptosis by damaging DNA in cancer cells.

In my opinion, there is no more despicable disease than cancer, so its eradication would make the world a better place. Remember this story the next time some leftist screams about “Big Pharma.”

7 thoughts on “Cancer, Your Time Is Running Out

  1. Having lost my husband to cancer, this would be welcome news for those currently suffering from this disease and their friends and families. I hope people realize that if this country makes the terrible decision to go to single-payer, there goes research down the drain. You don’t find things like this coming from other countries.

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  2. I lost my son and a girlfriend to leukemia. And just yesterday I was informed of an old buddy of mine taken by cancer. If someone has found a cure, it justifies every cent spent on research.

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  3. Metoo – Look no further than Canada. Their healthcare system is a nightmare.

    TXNick – Absolutely. I’ve lot a lot of police friends to cancer, and Right Wing Prof – a longtime commenter and personal friend – succumbed to it.

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    1. You’re right, Wyatt. My son and his family live in Canada and their healthcare is a nightmare which is one reason my daughter-in-law works at the hospital. That way they can get “some” healthcare when needed rather than having to wait until half the time it’s too late.

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  4. Prof is missed, indeed. Hope this is the big breakthrough. My mother-in-law doesn’t have long due to cancer. Fuck cancer.

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