In 2018, the International Agency for Research on Cancer estimated there were 17 million new cancer cases and 9.5 million cancer deaths worldwide. The impact the illness has om people is devastating and finding a cure cannot come too soon.
According to a report from the New York Post, a small team of scientists led by Accelerated Evolution Biotechnologies CEO Ilan Morad thinks it might have found the first complete cure – a treatment similar to a cancer antibiotic.
Called MuTaTo, the treatment uses a combination of cancer-targeting peptides and a toxin that specifically kills cancer cells. As the cells would be destroyed, patients could likely stop treatment after a number of weeks and not need a combination of drugs throughout their lives, the report revealed.
Chairman of the company's board, Dan Aridor, is confident in the team's progress, according to US News.
"We believe we will offer in a year's time a complete cure for cancer," Aridor is reported as saying. "Our cancer cure will be effective from Day One, will last a duration of a few weeks and will have no or minimal side effects at a much lower cost than most other treatments on the market."
Promising results have been revealed following the team’s conclusion of its first exploratory experiment on mice. The experiment showed inhibited human cancer cell growth and had no effect on healthy mice cells, US News reported.
Morad said researchers "made sure that the treatment will not be affected by mutations; cancer cells can mutate in such a way that targeted receptors are dropped by the cancer," and that treatment would eventually be specialised for each patient for effective management.
Let’s hope this happens as soon as they predict.