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Scientists Battle Prostate Cancer by Starving Tumor Cells

Posted on Nov 25, 2011

November 18, 2011 - Science Daily reports that Australian researchers have learned how to starve tumor cells of prostate cancer, diminishing their capacity to grow.

Research funded by the Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia found that the tumors particular to prostate cancer require a certain nutrient, a type of amino acid known as leucine. Scientists learned that they could interrupt the flow of leucine to the cancer cells in 1 of 2 ways - either by reducing the amount the protein pumps could channel or by introducing a competitive chemical.

Both approaches, according to Jeff Holst at the Centenary Institute, were found to have slowed cancer growth.

In some experiments, tumor growth was diminished by up to 50 percent, and researchers are ambitious about the outlook of this new chemical therapy. They hope to be able to forego surgical tumor removal if the chemical treatment has successful animal trials in the next few years. 

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