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Binghamton Research Group Develops New Cancer Treatment
Date:9/16/2009

The protein is found in easy-to-kill cancers while "old cancers," which lack the protein, present greater curative challenges. This discovery helped lead to the adoption of a set of standard treatment parameters. These findings may contribute to a change in how hormonal therapy is used in prostate cancer patients as the application of anti-androgen therapy often results in the emergence of more difficult to treat prostate cancers. Anthony Robilotto, MS., a Cornell graduate and current BU graduate student, is building on this foundation and working to develop the scientific basis for yet the next improvements. Robilotto has developed tissue-engineered human "prostates" that contain different genetic variants of the cancer and attempts to "cure" the cancers with innovative combinations of low temperature and sensitizing agents.

While this team's cancer research continues, the critical results of their ten years of patient treatment were recently published in the Journal of Urology. This landmark study demonstrated that 77% of patients treated at Allegheny General were cancer-free based on biopsy data. To date, over 40,000 prostate cancer patients have been treated with this therapy and the improved devices that have evolved.

The success of this project is now leading directly to its expansion into other problematic cancers. Dr. Kristi Snyder, a Cornell and BU graduate and current Director of Operations and Principal Scientist at CPSI, is moving this technology in new directions. She is collaborating with current BU graduate students to bring this life-saving technology into the breast, kidney and lung cancer patients.

"The prospects for expanding the application of cryosurgery to other focal tumors is absolutely exciting," said Snyder. "This is a therapeutic procedure that is applied in just a few minutes without traditional, invasive surgery, without the complicating co-morbidities common to radiat
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