New General Concept for the Treatment of Cancer | Lung Cancer Dispatch | Scoop.it

"A team of researchers from five Swedish universities, led by Karolinska Institutet and the Science for Life Laboratory, have identified a new way of treating cancer. The concept is presented in the journal Nature and is based on inhibiting a specific enzyme called MTH1, which cancer cells, unlike normal cells, require for survival. Without this enzyme, oxidized nucleotides are incorporated into DNA, resulting in lethal DNA double-strand breaks in cancer cells."


Editor's note: As stated in the article, it will be a couple of years before this treatment becomes available to patients in clinical trials. Other "targeted therapies" are already being used to treat cancer.