Monday, March 24, 2014

One drug to rule them all: Researchers find treatment that kills every kind of cancer tumor

Researchers might have found the Holy Grail in the war against cancer, a miracle drug that has killed every kind of cancer tumor it has come in contact with.

The drug works by blocking a protein called CD47 that is essentially a “do not eat” signal to the body’s immune system, according to Science Magazine.

This protein is produced in healthy blood cells but researchers at Stanford University found that cancer cells produced an inordinate amount of the protein thus tricking the immune system into not destroying the harmful cells.

With this observation in mind, the researchers built an antibody that blocked cancer’s CD47 so that the body’s immune system attacked the dangerous cells.


  1. This is fantastic news! My cynical side asks: But what about all that gazillion dollar Cancer treatment infrastructure that banks on cutting, burning and poisoning as the way to go. When I went thru breast cancer treatment five years ago, I wanted help building my immune system to brace myself for what they were going to do to me. It was like talking to a WALL. I was totally on my own to figure that out.

  2. Right about this time in 2009 - it was caught very early -- non-aggressive teeny tiny mass that showed up on a mammogram - but the docs wanted me to make decisions before I knew any of that. I opted for simple lumpectomy and radiation - I also was supposed to take estrogen-suppressing drugs that really hurt me, so I stopped that. I am done with mammos and anything else that goes looking for trouble. I am doing all I can to stay healthy and fight the unknown that way.

    There was supposed to be a cheek swab test that also showed promise for early detection of breast cancer - I read about that 5 or 6 years ago. Then total silence. Just cause I'm paranoid doesn't mean they're not out to get us...[

    1. Just cause I'm paranoid doesn't mean they're not out to get us...

      Thanks and they are!:)

  3. My sister went through the same treatment as Sioux. What I like about this is that it was found by a university and not by big pharma. I, too, am a bit paranoid....its healthy.