A number of readers have excitedly forwarded me links to an article that has run on a number of different websites, Cancer researchers discover root cause of multiple myeloma relapse.
The PR piece is about researchers at Princess Margaret Cancer Centre and their work centering on a pair of genes (IRE1 and XBP1) that “modulate response to the proteasome inhibitor, Velcade, and the mechanism underlying the drug resistance that is the barrier to cure.”
A novel approach, but not a new one. Doctors at Dana-Farber had focused on these genes for years, too.
Here’s a picture featuring Dr. Rodger Tiedemann, lead investigator on the team claiming to discover why multiple myeloma becomes resistant to treatment:
The nice thing about the article; it features an interesting video clip. Here’s the link:
This should remind us that a cure may be sitting right under researcher’s noses! All they need to do is find a way to make the drugs we have now more effective and longer lasting.
Feel good and keep smiling! Pat