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NZ Herald: Foreign teams to work on promising NZ cancer drug

Peter Griffin posted in on February 25th, 2011.

Martin Johnston writes in the New Zealand Herald about a ‘stealth’ anti-cancer drug, developed by Auckland University researchers, which is to begin clinical development overseas. The drug, PR509, targets lung tumours while leaving healthy tissue alone: it is activated by the hypoxic (low oxygen) conditions which exist in solid tumours. An excerpt: (read in full […]

The Press: Future here now for women with gynaecological cancers

Peter Griffin posted in on September 2nd, 2010.

Rebecca Todd writes in The Press about a surgeon in Christchurch who, for the first time, is using a robot to remove gynaecological tumours. The robots allow for surgery to be more precise and ‘easy’, and eliminates the challenges which can come with shaky hands or fatigue. An excerpt: (read in full here) The instruments […]

Vitamin C found to have effect on tumours

Peter Griffin posted in on July 20th, 2010.

Vitamin C, otherwise called ascorbate, has been found to have a link with cancerous tumour growth, according to University of Otago researchers. A protein present in tumours, which allows them to handle stress well, has been found in higher concentrations in those tumours in which ascorbate levels are low. It is hoped the finding could […]

Stuff/NZPA: Therapy offers new hope for cancer sufferers

Peter Griffin posted in on May 6th, 2010.

A rabbit virus could hold hope for people suffering with colorectal cancer, say researchers from the University of Otago. The new vaccine therapy uses a modified form of rabbit calicivirus disease (RCD), and there are hopes that the approach could be modified to target other cancers, too. An excerpt: (read in full here) “This therapy […]

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