Words by Abi Scaife
A brand new drug has been shown to work against most kinds of bone cancer.
Amazing! Tell me more.
'CADD522' is a drug created by scientists at the University of East Anglia. It has been found to block the gene that spreads the cancer around the body - at least when given to mice who have been implanted with human bone cancer.
So does it work on humans?
We’re still a way off that, yet - but it’s looking seriously promising. The next steps are a formal toxicology assessment, before looking for approval to begin human trials, but this could well be something that starts saving lives in the next few years.
What are the benefits?
It’s hoped that as well as having a higher survival rate than current treatment, this drug will be less traumatic - especially for young children.
The research was led by UEA in collaboration with The University of Sheffield, Newcastle University, the Royal Orthopaedic Hospital, Birmingham, and the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital.
If you want to support research into cancer treatment, you can do so by supporting charities like Cancer Research UK.