Cancer Cure Breakthrough?
A Cypriot woman is on a team of researchers at the University of Miami who have developed a cancer therapy breakthrough that triggers the body's immune system to fight tumors, according to a UM statement.
"My cousin died of cancer and left two young children. It makes you want to make a difference," said researcher Despina Kolonias.
Their new therapy has been published in the May 13th issue of the journal Nature,
"I'm proud and humble," said Eli Gilboa, Ph.D, of the University of Miami Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center.
Gilboa has lead the team of researchers for three and half years, as they studied how to get the body's natural immune system to attack tumors and tumors only.
"You see the work is going so well, you see that the mice are cured, you get so excited," said Despina Kolonias, M.S. at the Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center.
"We've developed what could become an alternative to vaccines," Gilboa said in a statement. "that would be simpler, broadly applicable, and potentially more effective."
The next step would be to begin clinical trials with people suffering from prostate or breast cancers.