Kerala researcher discovers new drug for thyroid cancer
Kozhikode: A team of researchers led by a Keralite discovered a new medicine to treat thyroid cancer. Alappuzha native Dr Suresh Kumar and his team discovered the medicine.
They developed the effective drug with a combination of medicines which are used for cancer treatment. But compared to other drugs, this new drug will not have any side effects.
As the initial experiments were a success, clinical trial of the drug on human beings is on progress.
There is 15 percent chance that thyroid cancer will lead to death. Researchers have observed different mutations related to the disease. Among these mutations, BRAF is the most deadly one.
A research report published on Clinical Cancer Research journal noticed that the new medicine can prevent the spread of the cells which are subject to mutation.
For the discovery of the new medicine, Dr Suresh and his team mixed the medicine Ponatinib with PLX4720, a chemical compound. The experiment proved that this combination of the medicine was successful to stop the spread of cancer.
Dr Suresh Kumar is working as a researcher at National Cancer Institute in US. Dr Electron Kebebew from Stanford University was another prominent person in the research team.
“Clinical trial of the medicine is on progress at Stanford after successfully testing it on cancer cells produced in the lab and rats. Apart from prevention of cancer cells, the medicine assures that there will be no side-effects, said Dr Suresh.
Dr Suresh Kumar is the son of late MK Kutty and Devaki Amma of Kidangara in Alappuzha. He completed his doctoratal studies in biotechnology from CUSAT. He was a post-doctoral fellow in cancer research at Indiana and Pennsylvania universities in US. He also served as teaching staff at Pennsylvania state university.