Not long ago any attempt to use genetic analysis of cancers would have been labeled as outlandish, but now genetics can be used to cure cancer. CBS reported that a billionaire is investing his money in new ways of treating cancer by sequencing cancer cells of a patient and normal cells and analyzing what steps to take to block the cancer’s metabolism.
The BC Cancer Agency (Vancouver, BC/Canada) has gone one step further and put this to work in incurable cancer patients. Here is an example of a colon cancer patient who has battled colon cancer for 5 years, but seemed to have lost the battle until she was enrolled in a trial called the “Personalized Onco-Genomics Program” (POG).
A metastasis of the tumor and some healthy tissue for comparison were removed and analyzed for gene DNA sequences using a DNA sequencer to determine the difference of the genome of the cancer cells versus the genome of the healthy cells. The clinical researchers found that her cancer cells were utilizing a biochemical pathway that could be blocked by a blood pressure medication. When this was used, her cancer melted away and was invisible within 5 weeks. Within two months the cancer specialists verified that she was cured from her previously “incurable“ colon cancer.
Oncologist Dr. Howard Lim said: “I did not anticipate the kind of response that she would get, but this is what POG, the Personalized Onco-Genomics Program, is about — trying to find surprises”.
Here is a link to “What’s new with colon cancer?” from Nethealthbook.com.