Navigation Links
Breakthrough in cancer therapy

Scientists have developed a way to stop the hair loss associated with drug treatment for cancer. This type of hair loss, known as chemotherapy-induced alopecia (CIA), is a frequent side effect of cancer therapy and is often very distressing for patients at a vulnerable time in their lives.//

Currently, there is no effective way to stop this type of hair loss. The only way doctors can attempt to minimise hair loss is to fit patients with a skull cap to cool the scalp, minimising blood flow, and therefore drug supply to the region.

Recently researchers from the pharmaceutical firm Glaxo Wellcome have designed compounds that have successfully prevented CIA hair loss in rats. CIA occurs because many anticancer drugs work by killing cells that are rapidly dividing. These cells include normal epithelial cells in the hair follicle, as well as tumour cells.

The Glaxo Wellcome team, led by Dr Stephen Davis, tackled the problem by stopping cell division in the hair follicles. They did this by using a compound which blocks the activity of an enzyme, called CDK2. This enzyme plays a central role in the progression of cells through their natural lifecycle.

The compound was applied directly to the scalp of the rats. When the rats were subsequently treated with two widely used anticancer drugs, hair loss at the site of where the compound had been applied was reduced in up to half of the animals.

Professor Gordon McVie, director general of the Cancer Research Campaign in the UK, said hair loss often added to the depression experienced by some cancer patients. He said: "Without a doubt it contributes to a deteriorating self-image, and many people do not believe that their hair will ever grow back even if they are told it is a temporary phenomenon.

Professor McVie said hair loss had become more of a problem with the advent of new drugs taxol and taxotere. Taxol, used for breast and ovarian cancer, is associated w ith the loss of eyebrow hair as well hair on the scalp. Cancer patients who responded to a survey by Glaxo Wellcome ranked hair loss as second only to nausea and vomiting as the most unpleasant side effect of their treatment.


'"/>




Related medicine news :

1. Sperm washing helps couples – Breakthrough in focu
2. ZD1839 Proves Effective - A Breakthrough in fighting Lung Cancer
3. Breakthrough in eye treatment
4. Genetic Breakthrough in Common Eye Problem
5. Breakthrough in Type II Diabetes
6. Breakthrough In Stem Cell Work
7. A Likely Breakthrough For Prostate Cancer Patients
8. New DNA Breakthrough Can Change Future Of Medicine
9. Breakthrough In New Vaccine For Malaria
10. Medical Breakthrough - Kidney Transplant Recipient Survives Without Drugs
11. Breakthrough In Tasmanian Devil Disease
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:


(Date:3/24/2017)... (PRWEB) , ... March 24, 2017 , ... ... Center, Sedona, Arizona’s Premier Center for Shamanic Healing and Spiritual Awakening, proudly ... Delgado, June 9--24, 2017. This sacred and spiritual journey during the Summer ...
(Date:3/24/2017)... ... March 24, 2017 , ... ... the Advanced ERISA Benefit Claims Litigation seminar in Chicago, Illinois. She will ... The majority of cases litigated under ERISA involve claims for long-term disability benefits. ...
(Date:3/24/2017)... ... March 24, 2017 , ... Empower Brokerage, located ... training and leads programs. , In February, 2017, Empower Brokerage introduced their new ... Partners is designed to teach how to maximize their sales efforts, as well ...
(Date:3/24/2017)... ... March 24, 2017 , ... “Vintage and Harvest A ... minister and college Bible teacher residing in North Carolina with his wife, Anna Marie. ... blessed them with six grandchildren. David is also the author of “Shadow and Substance.” ...
(Date:3/23/2017)... ... , ... A recent report from the National Council on Teacher Quality (NCTQ) ... suggests, based on a review of GPA and SAT/ACT requirements at 221 institutions in ... It argues that this higher bar should be set by states, by the Council ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:3/24/2017)... , March 24, 2017 Today Stock-Callers.com ... stocks, which are: Neovasc Inc. (NASDAQ: NVCN), Hologic Inc. (NASDAQ: ... (NASDAQ: SSH ). These companies are part of ... gains on Thursday, March 23 rd , 2017, with the ... shares of health care companies in the S&P 500 were ...
(Date:3/24/2017)... 23, 2017  HealthMine surveys with 9,250 insured consumers ... health plan members want help from their plans in ... in their health, 2) help closing gaps in care, ... health and 5) relevant, real-time guidance. Meeting these needs ... costs. A Reason to Stay ...
(Date:3/24/2017)... -- The Board of Directors of Nordic Nanovector ... including the complete 2016 Annual Accounts with notes. The report ... website in the section Investor Relations/Reports and presentations/Annual Reports. ... For further ... Financial Officer Cell: +47-91-51-95-76 Email: ir@nordicnanovector.com ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: