Finding a Cure?
Growing up in the space age there was a common saying that captured the idea that we should have figured this out by now. It went like this, “They can put a man on the moon, but they can’t…” It could be used for anything that society has not solved, yet. Sometimes I feel that way about cancer. We should be able to beat this thing like we did with polio and other horrible diseases. This has motivated me to research the latest in diagnostic methods, possible cures, and medical breakthroughs. Here are some of my latest findings.
New cancer drug shows promise with melanoma
According to research scientists at Massachusetts General Hospital the preliminary trial of a drug call ulixertinib seemed to show therapeutic value for patients with tumors regardless of the type of cancer.1 According to the research team, the drug has shown promise in helping cancers, such as melanoma at a cellular level. Even Dr. Stephanie Bernik, the chief of surgical oncology at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City concurs that the drug has great potential. The article goes on to say that the US Food and Drug Administration has fast-tracked ulixertinib for development and approval.
Detecting melanoma with a blood test?
Could this be true? A group of researchers from Georgia State University has reportedly developed a new blood test that can detect among other cancers, melanoma.2 This test involves the use of spectroscopy (the study of how light disperses into its component colors and energies), which is used to analyze blood serum samples at a molecular level. This gives great hope since early diagnosis and treatment are critical in successful treatment. This type of blood test could prove to be a quick, reliable and less expensive alternative to existing diagnostic procedures.
And from Japan, carcinoma hope
Research in Japan has shown promise in understanding how a particular human gene’s composition is related to cutaneous squamous cell carcinoma lesions found on areas of skin frequently exposed to the sun.3
According to Dr. Sho Egashira from Kumamoto University, this genetic understanding can be particularly helpful in developing customized therapies in treating these types of cancer. Additionally, these insights can help scientists and doctors in their therapeutic drug research, which can help future generations of patients.
Seaweed and Skin Cancer
According to researchers at King’s College in London, a compound in seaweed has been found to protect human skin from sun damage.4 A team of scientists extracted a substance called palythine from seaweed and tested it on human cells. They found the substance absorbed harmful sun rays and protected the human cells from UV radiation damage. They also discovered that the palythine was a powerful anti-oxidant and would provide skin with an extra layer of protection. While this research has not been proven to be effective in the real world and only has shown promise in the laboratory, more work will be done to discover its true value for the community.
A global fight
I will keep digging on a daily basis. The cure is out there somewhere. Better diagnostic procedures are on the horizon. Highly effective skin protection strategies are being developed all the time. I find hope in my study. The most interesting part of this is understanding that this is a global issue and scientists and doctors around the world are engaged in the battle.
Have you ever been diagnosed with melanoma?