New treatment may be available for breast cancer patients
Aug 29, 2011
A new method for breast cancer treatment may prove to be beneficial for those who suffer from the disease. The method, which was discovered by researchers from Georgia Health Sciences University, uses a drug that blocks the transporter that helps cancer cells develop and thrive - essentially starving the cells.
"There are specialized features of this transport system which could be used by every cell to its advantage but they do not seem to do that. It's expressed only at low levels in normal tissues," said Dr. Vadivel Ganapthy, the leader of the study. "Since the normal cells do not depend on this transporter, you can use a drug that selectively blocks it to target cancer cells."
According to the American Cancer Society, one in eight women in the U.S. will eventually be diagnosed with breast cancer. There have been advancements in breast cancer health news, resulting in a decrease in the death rate since 1990. There are currently 2.5 million breast cancer survivors in the U.S.