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Chemotherapy cancer treatment could benefit from new study

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Cancer treatment could greatly benefit from a recent study which has developed a way in which a dangerous pair of cancer cells can be broken apart.

The Stat3 protein is known to be prevalent in most cancers after becoming paired with a copy of itself and promptly going out of control.

It is hoped that this new cancer treatment will be used to create a form of chemotherapy that does not cause as many side-effects.

Senior author Professor Patrick Gunning of the Department of Chemical and Physical Sciences at the Princess Margaret Hospital commented: "The molecules we have created are particularly nice because they're showing selectivity against cancer cells but not against healthy cells.

"This molecule could be used in conjunction with typical chemotherapeutics, and it could mean that drugs will have less resistance-so you could use lower dosages and cause fewer side effects."

In other news, a recent study has found that the number of deaths caused by cancer has been declining over the past three decades.

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Cancer treatment news : 21/08/2009