New Type of Gene Therapy May Help Shrink Cancer Tumors

Cancer |

MALDEN- A preliminary study using a new gene therapy technique may prove to be a breakthrough in the treatment of cancer tumors.

Scientists at the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston report that nine men with advanced lung cancer were given treatment with a special gene already present in the body. This gene, called p53, has been described as a kind of “guardian” gene. When healthy, it can suppress the growth of tumors and help destroy damaged cells.