RandyW Posted March 15, 2007 Share Posted March 15, 2007 Lung Cancer Research Breakthrough at Wake Forest University School of Medicine Last Edited: Thursday, 15 Mar 2007, 6:16 PM EDT Created: Thursday, 15 Mar 2007, 5:41 PM EDT Human lungs over body silhouette, on texture with Caduceus (AP) SideBar Related Items Videos By CARON MYERS FOX8 News WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (WGHP) -- Doctors at Wake Forest University's School of Medicine claim they’ve made a major breakthrough in lung cancer research. Researchers Peg Gallagher and Ann Tallant came about their discovery in a rather odd way. Both work in the hypertension center. Tallant and Gallagher were studying a natural hormone that slows cell growth lining blood vessels leading to the heart. During their research, Tallant and Gallagher found the hormone also slowed the cancer cell growth in the lungs of mice. “You could see from across the room which mouse was treated with … saline and which mouse was treated with angiotension 1 to 7,” said Dr. Tallant. Tumors either stopped growing or shrank by as much as 30 percent. Results have been so impressive that approval for phase one clinical trials was given in less than nine months, something almost unheard of in medical research. “I remember the feeling when I was 16 years old,” said Tallant, “My mother was dying of cancer and realizing there was nothing else they could try, there was no other drug." Each year, 170,000 Americans die of lung cancer, according to Baptist Hospital’s Cancer Center American Cancer Society. The survival rate is 15 percent over five years. This research, at first glance, means life for many of those patients could be prolonged or possibly cured. “If you can even prolong someone's life for two years,” said Dr. Peg Gallagher, “they'd have the opportunity maybe to see their daughter marry or their child graduate from high school. Anyone interested in being part of the clinical trials is asked to call (336) 713-6926. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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