An Australian doctor and professor who developed a mesothelioma treatment that saved someone’s life now says that there is the chance that the treatment can help thousands more people battle and conquer the life-threatening illness.
Dr. Glen Reid, associate professor at the University of Sydney Medical School, states that he has been working nonstop for numerous years on a cure for mesothelioma. The new treatment he’s been focusing on is defined as a “futuristic new drug delivery system that relies on nanotechnology and guiding antibodies.”
Australia’s Asbestos Diseases Research Institute (ADRI) teamed up with Dr. Reid, who is also a senior researcher with the organization and a biotech company to test the new treatment. Per Dr. Reid, the results are extremely promising.
“We have found an amazing inhibition of tumor growth. The results were far in excess of what have been seen with other experimental therapies in this model, and we are very excited about it.“
Dr. Reid also indicated that the treatment, similar to many chemotherapy medications, is injected into the body.
“A nanocell is a delivery vehicle. You can package basically anything in there that you like, so a chemotherapy drug — or in our case a mini-gene — and then it’s injected into the body.”
The new treatment option is still in its early stages and not available outside of clinical trials, but one man who had the fortunate opportunities of trying the treatment is now living almost tumor-free. Bradley Selmon, a 51-year-old former plumber, was diagnosed with mesothelioma in 2013 after working around asbestos for numerous years.
Selmon first tried chemotherapy, which was ineffective for him. He decided to try Dr. Reid’s trial afterwards. He signed up for the phase-I trial of the treatment, and within a few months, his tumor had shrunk so significantly that they almost disappeared.
An additional nine patients that participated in the study didn’t have the same results as Selmon. However, their disease didn’t decline any after the treatment. In fact, one of the patients indicated that after the treatment, the pain stopped completely.
“The pain stopped. All of a sudden I could yawn without restriction. Now, I can go bushwalking and walk up steep steps – anything I want to do.”
Asbestos Exposure is Still a Threat
Although asbestos was completely banned in Australia numerous years ago, the toxic mineral is still legal in the United States, despite strict regulations on its use and attempts by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to ban it completely.
According to a new release by the Environmental Working Group (EWG), asbestos-related death rates in the United States are increasing, despite more public awareness of the dangers of asbestos. This, however, is more than likely due to the long dormancy period of asbestos illness, which can take up to 50 years to surface.
From 1999 to 2013, there were over 12,000 asbestos-related deaths in the United States, an increase of over 2,000 from previous studies. Dr. Reid states that although the numbers are high, the death count related to asbestos illnesses are still too low.
While the numbers indicate those who died from asbestos-related illnesses, other diseases such as pneumonia, which could have been triggered by asbestos exposure, were not factored in.
“As shocking as these figures are, they may be too low. The report did not estimate deaths from other asbestos-related diseases.”
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