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Researchers add new tool to tumor-treatment arsenal

n phase I and II clinical trials.

RAD001 lowers the amount of DNA-damaging agent needed by blocking p53's DNA-repair function, automatically killing the cancer cells when agents like cisplatin are introduced.

"These findings provide the rationale for combining DNA-damaging agents with sensitizing agents like RAD001," says Dr. Thomas. "Since about 50 percent of all solid tumors contain p53, such a drug combination could dramatically improve the treatment of solid tumors."


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Source:University of Cincinnati


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