I was reading today about this drug that has been successful in reducing the size of cancer tumours.
It does this by turning back on the mitrochondria in a cancer cell and thus causing the 'immortal' cells to die. It was believed that cancer irreparably damaged the mitrochondria but these studies show this is not the case at all. This is an incredibly shortened version of what it actually does.
DCA is an old drug used for mitrochondrial disease. It is unpatentable and also very cheap to produce and buy. There are a few side effects that may occur such as pain, numbness and balance. The only way it can go to trial is for universities, charities and governments to pitch in. Pharmaceutical companies are unlikely to fund the cost of a trial if they are unable to get something in return. They may try to manufacture a patentable version but this will be a lengthy process and will ultimately drive the cost up.
We must not let this drug get put on the shelf and be forgotten about. Be proactive and send a letter to your government representative now.
I have read that dichloroacetate is used for other purposes now. If this is so, I wonder why it cannot be used now for cancer, as many drugs are used for other treatments than the ones for which they are approved.
In the article, it says that if you would like up-to-date information on any plans for clinical trials of DCA in patients with cancer, or would like to donate towards a fund for such trials, please visit the site set up by the University of Alberta and the Alberta Cancer Board at:
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