Wednesday, 7 December 2016
Attack prostate cancer cells with testosterone
This has come as a big surprise to everyone in prostate cancer research.
It has always been thought that one way of killing these cancer cells was by starving them of testosterone. Nobody thought to do the opposite, exposing them to massive amounts of the same stuff.
A man has been “cured” of prostate cancer using an experimental therapy that shocks tumours to death with the sex hormone testosterone.
The disease was at an advanced stage and had failed to respond to previous treatment.
Other seriously ill men taking part in the same trial showed responses that astounded scientists.
Their tumours were seen to shrink and progress of the disease was halted in several patients.
Levels of Prostate Specific Antigen – a blood marker used to monitor prostate cancer – fell in the majority of the 47 participants, with one individual seeing his PSA levels drop to zero after three months.