University of Edinburgh scientists successfully test drug which can kill cancer without damaging nearby healthy tissue

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That sounds too good to be true. What’s the catch?


>Scientists at the University of Edinburgh combined the tiny cancer-killing molecule SeNBD with a chemical food compound to trick malignant cells into ingesting it. That’s so awesome


I am glad this research happens but it seems like these types of articles pop up once a year and everyone gets excited but then you never hear about them again. It is like a clickbait for people who suffered directly or through loss. I hope I am wrong and this is a real path for better cancer treatment.


This is the probably the 7th headline about curing cancer I have read in the last 3 years


For anyone’s who’s interested this has a limited scope of applications – just from a quick read of the article. It’s a photosensitive compound that becomes toxic when exposed to certain wavelengths of light. For this to be used in a person it would have to be accessible by the clinical team I.e esophagus, stomach, colon/rectum or cutaneous Melanomas etc. It probably won’t have functionality in lung, liver pancreas breast etc as these are not readily accessible like the others. That isn’t to say this isn’t promising, phototherapy is definitely something we will see more of in years to come I hope. Getting these tumours at an early stage is vital. Source: am PhD student in cancer research