The traditional way to treat cancer was with radiation and chemotherapy. These
methods can be damaging to the body and doesn’t always lead to the results that
are desired. There is a new treatment that is being discussed that has had some
remarkable field tests.
Restoring normal levels of the human colorectal cancer gene in mice stopped
intestinal tumor function within only four days. Tumors were eliminated within
two weeks, and signs of cancer were prevented months later. Up to 90 percent of
tumors contain a mutation inside called the Adenomatous Polyposis Coli. It has
been thought for a long time that these mutations were the cause of colorectal
cancer. It’s not clear whether the inactivation of this gene has played a role
in the growth of tumors and survival of the tumors when cancer is developed.
“We wanted to know whether correcting the disruption of Apc in established
cancers would be enough to stop tumor growth and induce regression.”
What was found was that by disrupting the APC activity in a small mouse that had
colorectal cancer, they found the cell began functioning properly again. Tumor
cells stop multiplying, and intestinal cells recover to behave normally. Tumors
have pulled back and vanished, or reintegrated with normal tissues within only
two weeks, and by the six months follow-up, there was no sign of cancer.