Australian Researchers Optimistic About Possible New Cancer Treatment

According to ABC news Australia on June 14, 2015, Australian researchers are cautiously optimistic after using nanocells to achieve what could be one of the most significant breakthroughs in asbestos-related cancer treatments in a decade. Scientists from the Chris O’Brien Lifehouse Centre have published a case report of a patient whose mesothelioma has almost entirely disappeared.

According to the article, ten patients were selected in a phase-one clinical trial of a new treatment that used very small genes known as microRNA to inhibit tumor growth. One of the ten patients to receive this treatment was Bradley Selmon, who saw amazing results.

Bradley Selmon said he started to become ill in 2010, but wasn’t diagnosed with mesothelioma until 2013. “Every day I was cutting the sheets and there was always asbestos dust everywhere.” Selmon says as he remembers inhaling the dust as a 17-year-old apprentice plumber. When chemotherapy stopped working, his oncologist gave him two options: go into a clinical trial or go on a holiday. He chose the trial and after eight weeks of microRNA treatment his life turned around. “It’s been fantastic, it’s changed my life,” he said.

The article states that researchers emphasized Mr. Selmon was the only patient to respond well. The other nine patients in the trial either remained stable or continued to decline. Oncologist Dr. Steven Kao is quoted with saying, “It’s the early days. Hopefully this case will provide some hope to mesothelioma patients that research is being done and we can hopefully advancing therapy options for future patients.”

The research has been published in the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine.

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