Scientists at the Mayo Clinic in Florida in the Department for Cancer Biology have successfully reprogrammed lung, breast, and bladder cancer cells back into normal, healthy cells by bringing back the function that prevents them from multiplying in excess.
While the tests have only been conducted on human cells in the lab (rather than human trial), their work has tremendous implications for the future of cancer treatment. Researchers are hopeful that the technique could one day be used to target tumours, so that the cancer will be “switched off” without the need for chemotherapy, surgery, or other drugs.
This important study solves a long-standing biological mystery, but we mustn’t get ahead of ourselves. There’s a long way to go before we know whether these findings, in cells grown in a laboratory, will help treat people with cancer. But it’s a significant step forward in understanding how certain cells in our body know when to grow, and when to stop. Understanding these key concepts is crucial to help continue the encouraging progress against cancer we’ve seen in recent years. – Henry Scowcroft, Cancer Research UK’s senior science information manager (source)
When the US researchers added molecules called microRNAs, it stopped the cancer in its tracks. According to Professor Panos Anastasiadis, Chair of the Department for Cancer Biology on Mayo Clinic’s Florida Campus:
We can effectively reprogram them (cancer cells) to become and behave as normal. So we can take very aggressive tumour cells that are growing and migrating, replenish them with the microRNAs that are deregulated, and that effectively turn them into normal cells.
Below is a video of Anastasiadis commenting on the findings which are published in Nature Cell Biology.
It’s quite amazing how many discoveries have been made in the last decade alone which show promising results for cancer eradication. Cannabis is a great example. For years, many studies have shown how multiple properties within cannabis completely kill cancerous tumours, yet no clinical trials have been conducted on humans. Despite this fact, a number of people have taken matters into their own hands and have had a tremendous amount of success treating their cancer in this way – Mykayla Comstock is a great example. You can find links to studies that are embedded in various articles that we’ve written on this subject by clicking here.
Here is an article we wrote regarding a little known Chinese herb that can kill 12,000 cancer cells for every healthy cell, and a simple Google search would show you just how many vegetables are capable of fighting cancer, broccoli being one great example.
The point I am trying to make is that there are a number of ways you can keep healthy. With cancer rates on the rise, at a staggering (approximately) one in two chance of developing the disease in your lifetime, we need to start shifting the conversation and talking about cancer prevention rather than just cancer treatment. And that all starts with looking at our toxic environment.
A number of links have been made between cancer and the pesticides that we spray all over our food and the environment. Not to mention the heavy metals in our cosmetics, the Genetically Modified Food, processed food, everyday household products, ingredients within toothpastes and deodorants, and a thousand other consumer goods – we are surrounded by carcinogens on a daily basis. It’s clear that we need to find a better way to do things here.
We’ve also covered a side of cancer that still deserves more attention, and you can find out more about that in this article:
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