Hopkins Researchers Are Working on a Whole New Way to Fight Cancer

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New Way to Fight Cancer
Pancreatic cancer cells, via Wikimedia Commons.

What if there was a way to fight cancer without declaring all-out war on the cancer cells (and typically destroying your hair and white blood cells in the process)? Yeah, sounds good to me, too.

Researchers at Johns Hopkins are working out an entirely new approach to the treatment of cancer which alters the skeletons of the cancer cells to prevent their division and halt their conquest of the body. They’ve already identified a compound which may have a shot at fighting pancreatic cancer with — they hope — “less potential for side effects” than current methods.

That compound, 4-HAP, is currently being tested on mice. If it proves effective, it may pave the way for the identification of compounds that affect other forms of cancer.



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