A very effective cancer treatment has been developed by Matthew Gdovin, the associate professor in the UTSA Department of Biology. The treatment involves injection of the chemical compound, which is called nitrobenzaldehyde, into the tumor cells and inducing their death.
“Although there are many different types of cancers, the one thing that they have in common is their susceptibility to this induced cell suicide,” said Gdovin. “All forms of cancer attempt to make the cells acidic on the outside as a way to attract the attention of the blood vessel,” he added. Once the cancer cells attach to a blood vessel, they use it in order to grow the tumor.
This treatment sees the nitrobenzaldehyde injected into the cancerous cells. From there, the ultraviolet light is shined onto the cells, which is causing them to become more acidic. Eventually, they become so acidic to destroy themselves. The cancer is destroyed, while the healthy cells are left untouched.
When treated, even 95% of the cancer cells are destroyed, mice have tumor growth halted, and their chance of survival has been doubled.
Matthew Gdovin also shows that this treatment could help destroy cancer in hard-to-reach areas, such as the brain stem.
“There are numerous types of cancer for which the prognosis is very poor,” added Gdovin. “We are thinking outside the box and finding a way to do what for lots of people is simply impossible.”
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