TTUHSC researchers redefining cancer treatment - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

6/18/09

TTUHSC researchers redefining cancer treatment

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LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - If you've ever had to fight with your kids to get them to swallow their prescription pills, you will appreciate a new discovery from the Texas Tech Health Sciences Center.

Three TTUHSC cancer researchers are being applauded for developing a new way to give a powerful anti-cancer drug to kids. Dr. Patrick Reynolds and Dr. Barry Maurer were our guests Thursday on HealthWise at 5 to explain why the drug Fenretinide in a powder form will likely save more lives.

Dr. Maurer explains, "The problem is the drug doesn't get absorbed well because kids have to take several capsules every day. We then took a special oil, mixed it with sugar and flour to form a cookie-like dough.  This small amount of powder it produces will give the same drug amounts as all these in the capsules being taken every single day. "  

Dr, Patrick Reynolds adds, "This oil is a special oil that acts like a glove wrapping around the drug allowing it to be absorbed from the body. It's not just child-friendly but it gets the drug into the body faster and easier."

This new delivery system is so effective that researchers are studying now how much they can increase the dose of that cancer fighter - making it even more powerful and more likely to blast away neuroblastomas, or brain cancer in kids.

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