‘Suicide’ gene therapy kills prostate cancer cells

 

 

‘Suicide’ gene therapy kills prostate cancer cells

  • 12 December 2015
  • From the section Health

Image copyright Science Photo Library Image caption The therapy causes prostate cancer cells to self destruct

A new gene therapy technique is able to modify prostate cancer cells so that a patient’s body attacks and kills them, US scientists have discovered.

The technique causes the tumour cells in the body to self-destruct, giving it the name ‘suicide gene therapy’.

Their research found a 20% improvement in survival in patients with prostate cancer five years after treatment.

A cancer expert said more research was needed to judge its effectiveness.

Prostate cancer is the most common cancer in men in the UK with more than 41,000 diagnosed each year.

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