Washington, DC – A drug developed to treat Ewing’s Sarcoma, a rare childhood cancer, may also help prevent human prostate cancer from spreading, as seen in new lab studies say researchers at Georgetown Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center, a part of Georgetown University Medical Center (GUMC).
Published online April 29 in PLoS ONE, the researchers report that if the agent continues to work well in further laboratory and preclinical studies, it may be the first prostate cancer drug specifically designed to stop cancer spread, or metastasis.
“This agent does not kill prostate cancer cells, but limits their ability to spread, which could be hugely beneficial in patients,” says the study’s lead investigator, Aykut Üren, M.D., an associate professor at Georgetown Lombardi. “This study is an early proof of principle that such an approach might be feasible in the clinic, but we have a lot of work to refine and test the drug.”
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