#14 – OTS964

HopeA new lung cancer drug was highly publicized in the news this week.  The drug has proven to be successful in killing aggressive lung cancer cells in mice.  “It stops the action of a protein that is over-produced by several tumour types, including lung and breast.” (Toronto Star, October 24, 2014 – “Lung Cancer Drug Holds Promise”)

“When taken by mouth, the drug was well tolerated with limited toxicity. An intravenous form, delivered within a liposome, was just as effective with fewer side effects. …  OTS964 targets TOPK, a protein that is produced by a wide range of human cancers and is believed to promote tumor growth. High TOPK expression correlates with poor prognosis in patients with breast and lung cancer.” (Source: http://news.uchicago.edu/article/2014/10/22/highly-effective-new-anti-cancer-drug-shows-few-side-effects-mice)

So folks, this is why patients like my husband, diagnosed with Stage 4 lung cancer, opt for treatment rather than just facing destiny.  You never know what is around the corner.  Hope is a crucial piece in navigating the cancer journey.