The frustrating quest for a cure for cancer has taken a turn for the better, especially in the case of pancreatic cancer. While there is no true 100% cure just yet, a process have been discovered that can turn cancerous cells in the pancreas back into normal cells. The procedure is currently being tested in mice, which share a large portion of their DNA with humans, and the results have been encouraging. The mice that were treated with the process showed a much reduced ability to form tumors, giving hope that the procedure can eventually provide a therapeutic treatment for pancreatic cancer in humans.
The reason this may work in humans like Halpern is the fact that the test was conducted using human-based cell lines to begin with. While this is a big help one of the biggest issues with pancreatic cancer is the fact that by the time the victim shows symptoms the cancer is already advanced and lethal most of the time. This has led to the nickname “silent” for pancreatic cancer, indicating its unnoticed assault on a person’s body.
Despite all the gloom and doom, this study, conducted by Sanford-Burnham and the University of San Diego has promised to open new doors in cancer research and help to ensure that things aren’t quite as hopeless as they once were for victims of pancreatic cancer. While a full cure may be years or decades away, the progress made by researchers is definitely significant.