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Space Station discoveries lead to less toxic targeted cancer treatments

from BioNews Texas

Invasive and systemic treatments are a sometimes necessary evil for treating advanced and/or aggressive cancers, but they mean patients must endure devastating side effects including nausea, immune suppression, hair loss and even organ failure as an unwanted result of in the effort to combat cancerous tissues in the body. Consequently, treatments that primarily or exclusively target a patient's cancerous tissues could provide clinicians with an alternative methodology of fighting the malignancy, and reduce or eliminate administration of toxic levels of chemotherapy drugs and/or radiation, substantially improving quality of life for patients. And according to NASA scientists, research that began in space may soon result in such options becoming available. more

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