The treatment was developed for prostate cancer because of the urgent need for new therapies, but it should be translatable to other solid cancers including breast and liver cancer.” The drug used, WST11, is derived from bacteria at the bottom of the ocean.
“We would also expect the treatment to be far more precise if we repeated it today, as technology has come a long way since the study began in 2011.This property was exploited to develop the drug, a compound that releases destructive tumour-busting “free radical” molecules when activated by laser light. I'm now cancer-free with no side-effects and don't have to worry about needing surgery in future. “I've met other men who had surgery - they had to stay in hospital for days whereas I could go home the next day, and one suffered from terrible incontinence which he found very distressing.Gerald, a man aged in his sixties from Surrey, was one of the first patients to be treated with VTP under the care of Prof Emberton. “I had some minor side-effects for a few weeks after the operation, but I'm back to normal now.” Each year, more than 46,000 men in the UK are diagnosed with prostate cancer and 11,000 die from the disease.A drug activated by laser light successfully destroys early prostate cancer while avoiding side effects that commonly occur with surgery, trial results have shown.The new technique, called vascular-targeted photodynamic therapy (VTP), involves injecting a light-sensitive drug into the bloodstream.