A team of Israeli scientists have announced that they will have come up with a cure for cancer by next year.
According to the Jerusalem Post , the small team is led by Accelerated Evolution Biotechnologies CEO Ilan Morad. They believe thay might have dicovered the first complete cure – a treatment akin to a cancer antibiotic called MuTaTo (multi-target toxin), which uses a combination of cancer-targeting peptides and a toxin that specifically kills cancer cells. With the cells annihilated, patients could eventually cease treatment after a few weeks. They would not need a drug cocktail throughout their lives, according to the report.
Dan Aridor, the chairman of the company's board, is confident in the team's progress.
"We believe we will offer in a year's time a complete cure for cancer," Aridor told the paper. He added: "Our cancer cure will be effective from Day One, will last a duration of a few weeks and will have no or minimal side effects at a much lower cost than most other treatments on the market."
According to Morad, his team had concluded its first exploratory experiment on mice with promising results. The experiment showed inhibited human cancer cell growth and had no effect on healthy mice cells. The company will soon begin clinical trials that could be completed within "a few years" and would make the treatment available in specific cases, the Jerusalem Post reported.
Morad said researchers "made sure that the treatment will not be affected by mutations; cancer cells can mutate in such a way that targeted receptors are dropped by the cancer."
The team said the treatment will eventually be personalized, and patients would receive a specific molecule cocktail needed for an effective treatment.
In 2018, the International Agency for Research on Cancer estimated there were 17 million new cancer cases and 9.5 million cancer deaths worldwide. That global burden is supposed to grow significantly by 2040, according to the American Cancer Society.
If these claims do turn out to be true, this could be life changing given that cancer is the second leading cause of death around the world, and was responsible for an estimated 9.6 million deaths in 2018 alone. According to World Health Organization, about 1 in 6 deaths is due to cancer. The economic impact of cancer is significant and is on the rise. The total annual economic cost of cancer in 2010 was estimated at approximately US$ 1.16 trillion.