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Potential Colon Cancer Cure: How Real Is It?

Potential Colon Cancer Cure: How Real Is It?

Claims for “super cures” are so often exaggerated or downright bogus that they often leave your head spinning. Take this one for example: Aussie cookbook author Belle Gibson recently claimed she cured her brain cancer through non-medical means—then admitted she’d never had cancer. And an FDA crack-down on false autism treatments targeted useless clay baths and a “miracle” mineral supplement which actually triggers life-threatening low blood pressure and severe vomiting.

It’s always smart to have a wait-and-see attitude about unconventional health-bestowing claims—you avoid losing money and your health. But there’s a new animal-tested treatment for colon cancer that claims a 100 percent cure rate—and it’s got us intrigued.

A study published in The Journal of Nuclear Medicine explains how researchers used radio-immunotherapy to target and kill off cancer cells without any negative side-effects or damage to surrounding tissue. Researchers developed a three-step system that uses a radioactive antibody to target an antigen found on over 95 percent of primary and metastatic human colorectal cancers.

The researchers now hope to set up a safe and effective human trial. If that turns out well, they say, the system also may be useful in snuffing out cancers of the breast, pancreas, lung, esophagus and melanoma. It’s designed as a 'plug and play' system, which they explain “allows for the use of many fine antibodies targeting human tumor antigens and is applicable, in principle, to virtually all solid and liquid tumors in man." Here’s hoping this claim turns out to be true!

Medically reviewed in January 2020.

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