Hopes of cancer breakthrough with treatment using electromagnetic fields to shrink tumours
This is interesting with regards to bio-stimulation devices that utilise electromagnetic and magnetic fields..
Scientists may have discovered a breakthrough in treating cancerous tumours by using low-intensity electromagnetic fields.
Patients taking part in the clinical trials were given a spoon-like antenna told hold in their mouths which then delivered the magnetic fields to their bodies.
A small number who were treated three times a week showed significant improvements.
Some of the tumours shrank and others stopped growing, while healthy cells in the surrounding tissue were unaffected.
But the group of scientists, from Switzerland, France, Brazil and the U.S, who reported their findings in the British Journal of Cancer, said the discovery was still in its early stages and would need further research in the coming years.
Professor Boris Pasche of the University of Alabama, Brimingham, said the treatment could be tolerated for long periods of time and used in conjunction with other therapies.
Pasche said that he had received permission from the US Food and Drug Administration to carry out trials on large groups of cancer patients and was currently in discussion with countries across the world to try and get funding for future research.
The findings showed that low-level electromagnetic fields at precise frequencies, ranging from 0.1Hz to 114kHz, halted the cancer growth in a small number of patients. Different types of cancer responded differently to different frequencies.
The exact reasoning for the process was not detailed in the journal but it is though that low-level electromagnetic fields interfere with the activity of genes in cancer cells.
In certain cases it affected the cancers ability to grow and in some cases the tumours began to shrink while others stopped growing.
The form of treatment may be controversial considering recent claims that technology such as mobile phones and electricity pylons can trigger cancer and leukaemia.
But Pasche insisted that his experiments used a lower intensity of electromagnetic fields that were between 100 and 1,000 times lower than those from a mobile phone.
Eleanor Barrie, of Cancer Research UK, welcomed the news. ‘This research shows how specific low frequencies of electromagnetic radiation can slow the growth of cancer cells in the lab,’ she told the Observer.
‘It’s still unclear why the cancer cells respond in this way, and it’s not yet clear if this approach could help patients, but it’s an interesting example of how researchers are working to find new ways to hone in on cancer cells while leaving healthy cells unharmed.’