British scientists have conducted a study that seems to have found a revolutionary way to defeat cancer metastases. According to the authors of the scientific work, their discovery could translate deadly oncology into the category of curable diseases.
Cancer has been on the list of the leading causes of death on the planet for many years, so scientists continue to look for ways to defeat the disease. Doctors have long learned to remove the neoplasm itself, but the fight against metastases, despite a variety of methods, remains ineffective. Scientists at the University of Salford began looking for inhibitors that could suppress these secondary sources of cancer. In a recent study, experts found that metastases can be fought by depleting cell energy. To do this, scientists used a semi-synthetic antibiotic of the tetracyclines group – Doxycycline, which is used to treat infectious diseases. This drug appeared on the market in 1967 and has been widely used by doctors since then.
In the course of scientific work, scientists have improved the medication, making it 5 times more effective against metastases. Moreover, this enhancement neutralized the properties of the drug as an antibiotic, making it safe for the human body. The drug will undergo clinical trials in the near future. If the modified Doxycycline confirms its properties, it can be used for the treatment of oncology.