Nick McDermott and Fiona MacRae | Published May 30, 2021 The Scottish Sun | C-VINE Post June 3, 2021
SCOTTISH scientists have invented a “sugar bomb” which destroys greedy cancer cells in seconds, we can reveal. Tumours need food in order to spread so gobble up the sweet “bomb” which contains a drug.
Edinburgh University experts say a light shone on those cancer cells detonates the “explosive”, known as SeNBD.
It works because cancers grow fast and need more food than healthy cells, which are not harmed by the drug.
Scientists hope the sugar treatment will boost survival and spare patients damaging chemotherapy.
So far, it has only been used on glioblastoma, the most common brain cancer.
In tests, it destroyed the tumour’s sugar-craving cells in seconds.
The method is being adapted to fight cancers that prefer fat or protein, Nature Communications reported.Breast, prostate and lung cancers – which together kill nearly 60,000 Brits a year – could be combated by the approach.
Researcher Sam Benson, of Edinburgh Uni, said of the sugar bomb technique: “The drug absorbs the energy from the light. It uses the energy to weaponise the oxygen in the cells, killing them from within.
“There have been great advances in treatment but the prognosis for many cancers is still poor and new and better treatments are still needed.
Charity chiefs also hailed the breakthrough.
Dr David Jenkinson, of The Brain Tumour Charity, said it could be “an innovative new way to target aggressive cancer cells while sparing healthy cells, which is so important in treating brain tumours”.
He added: “We urgently need to find new treatments to help give those affected by a glioblastoma more time to live. A cure can’t wait.”
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