Breast can­cer break­through

The Morning Bulletin - - NATION -

AUS­TRALIAN re­searchers have de­vel­oped a new drug to treat an ag­gres­sive form of breast can­cer that works by starv­ing the can­cer cells of nu­tri­ents to stop them from mul­ti­ply­ing.

If suc­cess­ful in the lab, clin­i­cal tri­als could start within the next few years, of­fer­ing hope to women di­ag­nosed with triple-neg­a­tive breast can­cer (TNBC). TNBC ac­counts for about 15 per cent of all breast can­cer cases and typ­i­cally has poorer sur­vival out­comes.

Chemo­ther­apy is the stan­dard ther­apy but there are no tar­geted ther­a­pies when it fails.

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