Cheap drug to treat cancer needs funding: University of Alberta

An old drug, not patentable. Hence not interesting to greedy drug companies... -- law

Investigators at the University of Alberta have recently reported that a drug previously used in humans for the treatment of rare disorders of metabolism is also able to cause tumor regression in a number of human cancers growing in animals. This drug, dichloroacetate (DCA), appears to suppress the growth of cancer cells without affecting normal cells, suggesting that it might not have the dramatic side effects of standard chemotherapies.

At this point, the University of Alberta, the Alberta Cancer Board and Capital Health do not condone or advise the use of dichloroacetate (DCA) in human beings for the treatment of cancer since no human beings have gone through clinical trials using DCA to treat cancer. However, the University of Alberta and the Alberta Cancer Board are committed to performing clinical trials in the immediate future in consultation with regulatory agencies such as Health Canada. We believe that because DCA has been used on human beings in Phase 1 and Phase 2 trials of metabolic diseases, the cancer clinical trials timeline for our research will be much shorter than usual.

DCA Research Information / Department of Medicine / University of Alberta


Blogger uniformityville_horror said...

I think Cancer is a nutritional deficiency. And that if we ate things with Bit B15, and reduce meat intake, we could honestly and entirely prevent cancer, despite genetics.

2/10/2007 09:49:00 PM  

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