Iran scientists bypass chemotherapy in treating breast cancer
Tehran, Iran, Aug. 16
By Mehdi Sepahvand – Trend:
Iranian scientists have found a novel way to fight cancer, not using the common chemotherapy methods.
In researches carried out in Iran on the effects of plasma on breast cancer, it was revealed that in cell culturing, cold (non-thermal) plasma can kill cancer cells without damaging healthy cells, ISNA news agency reported Aug. 16.
Test treatments were applied over MDA-MB-231 breast cancer cells in a joint study by the Islamic Azad University and Pasteur Institute of Iran.
Previous experiments with cold plasma in the US had shown that it could be an effective means for apoptosis, a process of programmed cell death that occurs in multi-cellular organisms.
Breast cancer is a very common form of cancer and the second greatest cause of cancer-related deaths among women.
Using plasma can be a suitable substitute for chemotherapy methods, which cause a variety of side effects.