· An Oxford University study has shown that a new drug NUC-7738, a novel chemotherapy drug derived from a fungus, has up to 40 times greater potency for killing cancer cells than its parent compound, with limited toxic side effects. The naturally occurring chemical known as Cordycepin is found in the Himalayan fungus Cordyceps Sinensis and has been used in traditional Chinese medicine for hundreds of years to treat cancers and other inflammatory diseases. The new drug was created by a pharmaceutical company named NuCana and paired with ProTide Technolgogia delivery of the drug into the bloodstream, it allows the drug to stay in the system longer which destroys more cancer cells. The drug in tandem with this delivery method allows a wide variety of cancers, even including advanced developments of large tumors. Right now, the drug has passed its first stage in the approval process and is moving on to the second stage in partnership with NuCana, hopefully adding on to the options of cancer treatment available.
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