In collaboration with the STEAM magazine and international women’s day on 8th March, the following article brings light to a huge scientific breakthrough for cancer research led by a female scientist.
Dr Eva Ramon Gallegos, a Mexican scientist from the National Polytechnic Institute, and her primarily female team (pictured left) have reportedly found a complete cure for human papillomavirus (HPV). The cure would help to prevent the spread of cervical cancer and Dr Ramon Gallegos claims to have eliminated the virus in 29 patients infected with HPV which is an outstanding achievement regarding the fact that cervical cancer is the fourth most common cancer in the world and is becoming a leading course of deaths among female cancer patients.
A report states that a team of researchers led by Dr Ramon Gallegos treated the 29 patients diagnosed with HPV with non-invasive photodynamic therapy (PDT) which “is a treatment that involves using a drug, called a photosensitizer or photosensitizing agent, and a particular type of light to treat different areas of the body” according to their report.
Dr Ramon Gallegos has been researching the effects of PDT for over 20 years to cure cancers such as breast and melanoma. She treated 420 patients in Oaxaca and Veracruz, in addition to 29 HPV patients in Mexico with PTD, which had promising results as PTD was able to eradicate the virus in the patients.
The treatment was 64.3% successful in women with both HPV and lesions but eradicates 100% of those tested who carried HPV without premalignant lesions of cervical cancer.
Moreover, what makes this accomplishment more impressive is that the treatment has no side effects and does no damage to the body at all.
“Unlike other treatments, it only eliminates damaged cells and does not affect healthy structures. Therefore, it has great potential to decrease the death rate from cervical cancer,” – Dr Ramon Gallegos, Radio Guama report.
For more information you can visit; https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/12/181218100404.htm
By Kashmea Wahi