New bacterial therapy approach to treat lung cancer

Lung cancer is the deadliest cancer in the United States and around the world. Many of the currently available therapies have been ineffective, leaving patients with very few options. A promising new strategy to treat cancer has been bacterial therapy, but while this treatment modality has quickly progressed from laboratory experiments to clinical trials in the last five years, the most effective treatment for certain types of cancers may be in combination with other drugs. 

Fluorescence microscopy image of lung cancer cells stained with antibodies against proteins involved in cellular growth.

Columbia Engineering researchers report that they have developed a preclinical evaluation pipeline for characterization of bacterial therapies in lung cancer models. Their new study, published December 13, 2022, by Scientific Reports, combines bacterial therapies with other modalities of treatment to improve treatment efficacy without any additional toxicity. This new approach was able to rapidly characterize bacterial therapies and successfully integrate them with current targeted therapies for lung cancer.

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4 responses to “New bacterial therapy approach to treat lung cancer

  1. Myra Fisher Burton

    Happy New Year, Tony! Will you be eligible for this new treatment along with the more traditional ones? I hope so and wish you the very best!

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  2. Hi Tony – I hope you are doing okay. I enjoy your blog and your positive attitude very much. Best wishes to you in the new year.

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