The end of March and the beginning of April brought the discovery (1) of Texas scientists to light. The researchers tested a little known substance – gossypin – for its action against skin cancer cells. This naturally-occurring flavone was found to inhibit in vitro human melanoma proliferation. Scientists have also observed a unique mechanism that may be responsible for this effect. Furthermore, gossypin therapy, carried out on mice model, reduced the size of melanoma tumors and increased the survival rates. And this is not the only secret property that this flower-derived flavone has. Read full text »
Scientists from Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center performed a study on one patient, to assess the role of the immune system in the fight against cancer. The results were published in the New England Journal of Medicine as a brief report. Ipilimumab (CTLA-4 protein blocker) was administered to patient with malignant melanoma. An unusual phenomenon was observed, in which radiation therapy of one cancer site, resulted in disappearance of metastatic tumors within whole body.
The fight against melanoma is difficult. The rates are rising dramatically among young people, it is deadly if not caught early and the disease tends to adapt to even the most modern treatment. University of Rochester researchers made an important discovery, which can be next step to new treatment in the future. Read full text »