New Treatment Captures and Destroys Cancerous Cells

December 12, 2008

New York (ChattahBox) – In the past decade some incredible steps forward have been taken in the treatment and cure for cancer. Now, Cornell Researcher Michael King is hoping to add one more to the list.

A new invention he is calling a “lethal lint brush” that can be implanted into the body to catch cancerous cells in the blood stream and destroy them may be a viable alternative to the painful and dangerous radiation treatments currently dominating Oncology.

Using a small tubelike container, the “lint brush” would be implanted into a blood vessel to filter the cancerous blood cells from the healthy ones. Once they had been separated, a protein called TRAIL (or Tumor Necrosis Factor Related Apoptosis-Inducing Ligand) would be released, causing the cells themselves to be destroyed, effectively killing off the cancer itself.

It may sound simple, but this microscopic device is much more complex then it sounds.

“It’s a little more sophisticated than just filtering the blood, because we’re not just accumulating cancer cells on the surface,” King told reporters. “This has never been tried before. It’s a whole new way of approaching cancer treatment.”

The method has not yet been tested in humans.


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