Dr Hind Hafsi
Whilst radiotherapy is an effective treatment for all sorts of cancers, help it is also possible for some cancer cells to repair themselves after being targeted with radiation. So, if it was possible to use a drug combination which prevents this ‘self-repair’ it would mean radiotherapy could lead to 100% cell death.
Dr Hind Hafsi is carrying out research for Oracle to discover whether a pioneering new drug combination will be able to block the ability of cancer cells to repair themselves. This is the first project of its kind using this particular drug combination.
Dr Hafsi has recently completed the first stage which is to find the correct concentration of drugs and to assess how well the drugs work in combination with each other in the laboratory. The next step is to test the toxicity of the combination and compare its activity on healthy and cancer cells. The aim as always is to ensure that as little damage as possible is done to healthy tissue. After more tests Dr Hafsi hopes to conduct a small clinical trial as part of the Oracle project.
Dr Hafsi says: “The job of the drug combination is to block the cell cycle and prevent cell proliferation taking place. We expect the next set of tests to show significant tumour shrinkage.”