Scientists discover new drug that can potentially save lives affected by Melanoma

According to the findings of a study, a new drug can stop the spread of 90% of Melanoma cells.

Metastatic melanoma © Yale Rosen at Flickr
Metastatic melanoma © Yale Rosen at Flickr

Melanoma is the most deadly form of skin cancer which has been on the rise in places like Australia and the United States for years. According to Yahoo, the findings of a new study published in the journal Molecular Cancer Therapeutics, the potential drug known as CCG-203971 can stop the development of melanoma cells almost completely.

Richard Neubig, the co-author of the study who is also the chair and professor of the Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology at Michigan State University, tells Yahoo Beauty that the findings are promising because melanomas can end up in the lungs or brain, even after a tumour is removed. Preventing the spread of cancer cells could potentially save lives, he adds.

The success rate of the experiment is 90% until now and it has been conducted only on mice that were immuno-compromised. “In humans, if you could reduce the size of the metastasis by 90 percent, it’s possible the immune system could take over and finish the job,” he says.

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