Today at @OntariosDoctors we look at a potential breakthrough in the fight against brain cancer. A group of scientists at Harvard University say they have successfully engineered stem cells to produce toxins that can kill cancerous brain cells.
The scientists also say that this can be done without harming healthy cells in the body.
“Now, we have toxin-resistant stem cells that can make and release cancer-killing drugs,” Khalid Shah, a co-author of the study, said in a statement. “Cancer-killing toxins have been used with great success in a variety of blood cancers, but they don’t work as well in solid tumors because the cancers aren’t as accessible and the toxins have a short half-life.”
The research, conducted on mice, has not been tested on humans, so more work needs to be done.
According to the Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada, 55,000 Canadians are currently living with a brain tumour, with 27 Canadians being diagnosed every day.
The Ottawa Sun has more on this story.