Thursday, 8 March 2012

New bowel cancer drug could destroy tumours without side effects

Scientists have said a new type of drug could locate and destroy cancerous tumours without damaging surrounding cells.

The research found that the "stealth" drug took minutes to find tumours in mice and shrank them. Some of the mice who had been considered to have terminal bowel cancer tumours were completely cured.

Current cancer treatments, such as chemotherapy and radiotherapy, focus on shrinking tumours but can have devastating side-effects for patients.

The benefit of the new drug is that it only targets the tumour and does not affect the rest of the body.

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