iStock_000037254384_MediumChemotherapy is a drug treatment that uses powerful chemicals to kill fast-growing cancer cells in the body. For many cancer patients, the mighty treatment can be as difficult to endure as the disease itself. Thankfully, now there’s a powerful option that is less toxic. In conjunction with fasting, this cancer treatment breakthrough is proving just as effective in killing several types of cancer, including breast cancer, colorectal cancer, and lung cancer.

Valter Longo, Edna M. Jones Professor of Biogerontology at the USC Davis School of Gerontology and director of the USC Longevity Institute (and senior author of the study), had already initiated a strategy of fasting in conjunction with chemotherapy, and human studies in both the U.S. and Europe are currently underway. However, replacing chemotherapy with kinase inhibitors would allow for much less toxicity and a shorter treatment duration.

The fasting component is key. According to Longo, “Like every other cell, cancer cells need energy to survive and keep growing. But cancer cells are fairly inflexible about how they produce that energy, which gives us a way to target them.”

With kinase inhibitors already approved as a cancer treatment by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, and with the promising results shown in initial studies in mice, the path is clear for human trials. Read more about this fascinating new cancer treatment development from Science Daily.

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