Matthew Gdovin, an associate professor in the University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) Department of Biology, developed a newly patented method to kill cancer cells. Gdovin’s research was published on 27 June 2016 in The Journal of Clinical Oncology.The discovery may help people with inoperable or hard-to-reach tumours.
How the method was discovered?
• The research involved injecting a chemical compound, nitrobenzaldehyde, into the tumour and allowing it to diffuse into the tissue.
• A beam of light was aimed at the tissue, which caused the cells to become very acidic inside. It forced the cells to commit suicide.
• Thereafter, it was estimated that up to 95 percent of the targeted cancer cells were dead within two hours.
Effectiveness of the method
• Gdovin tested the method against triple negative breast cancer, which is one of the most aggressive types of cancer and one of the hardest to treat.
• The prognosis for triple negative breast cancer is usually very poor.
• After one treatment in the laboratory, he was able to stop the tumour from growing and double chances of survival in mice.