MDS Nordion, a division of drug and diagnostics developer MDS, Inc. announced recently that the Food and Drug Administration approved its Therasphere drug to treat hepatocellular carcinoma.
The condition is the most common form of liver cancer, according to AFX News Limited. The treatment involves injecting millions of micro-size radioactive glass beads through a catheter into the main artery of the liver, which then attack cancerous tumors in the liver, while minimizing the impact on the patient’s healthy tissue.
In other cancer news, in Hudsonville, MI, a young, single mother, Melanie Worthington, 39, who was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer last June, and died Thanksgiving weekend, had made a video dedication for her young son, Theo to remember her. The video camera that contained the film was stolen shortly after. As a result, the local police are offering a reward for the return of the equipment. An education fund was also set up at a local bank for Theo.
Send donations to Huntington Bank (for the Theodore Worthington Education Fund), 6544 28th Avenue, Hudsonville, MI.
“This story just touched my heart to the core when I saw that little boy in the news,” said Virginia Griffin, volunteer coordinator for the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network’s Team Hope Fort Worth chapter.
In unrelated cancer news, British scientists are using the common cold virus to fight cancer by preparing to launch clinical trials of a new way to fight cancer by infecting viruses like the common cold into cancer cells. The viruses likely to be examined in the first clinical trials are uncoated adenovirus and vaccinia with the former normally causing a cold-like illness and the later causing cowpox and also used in the vaccine against smallpox.
The viruses will be delivered locally to liver tumors to establish whether the treatment is safe in humans and what does of virus will be needed.
Preliminary research on mice shows that the viruses work well on tumors resistant to standard cancer drugs, a report said.
Leonard Seymour, a professor of gene therapy at Oxford University, who has been working with viruses that kill cancer cells directly while avoiding harm to healthy tissue, will lead the trials later this year, according to the report.
Seymour’s innovative solution is to mask the virus from the body’s immune system, effectively allowing the viruses to do what chemotherapy drugs do. The big hurdle has always been to find a way to deliver viruses to tumors through the bloodstream without the body’s immune system destroying them on the way, according to XINHUA News.
In other cancer news, Bonnie Olein has formed an unbreakable bond after being diagnosed with colon cancer in 2005 with the Gophers women’s hockey team who designed rubber bracelets as a symbol of their dedication to her. Olein has only taken that bracelet off once when she underwent surgery last fall for the cancer that has spread to her liver.
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