Skip to comments.Inventor May Have Breakthrough in Killing Cancer Cells
Posted on 08/20/2007 8:23:48 PM PDT by Paved Paradise
Inventor from Erie, P.A. teams up with leading cancer center. The work has been quietly been going on for the last three years in a no-frills laboratory in Erie, Pennsylvania. Inventor, John Kanzius, working with Jim and Charlie Rutkowski, have been perfecting a device that will kill cancer cells with a radio frequency.
This humble workspace could soon become the epicenter of one of the most stunning scientific breakthroughs in cancer treatment in years.
Using the Kanzius RF machine and special nanoparticles, it appears that cancer cells can be targeted and killed without harming the rest of the body.
This is a deeply personal mission for John Kanzius. He is struggling to beat leaukemia. And he knows firsthand how tough standard treatments like chemotherapy and radiation can be on the body.
Kanzius told Channel 3's Mike O'Mara that, "If this ends up working they way it looks, it really could be the holy grail of cancer research."
The entire city of Erie is buzzing about John's invention. Two weekends ago, thousands turned out for a motorcycle rally called "Roar On The Shore". All the money is going to help John's cancer research.
Ralph Pontillo is the head of the Erie Manufacturers Association. He is proud that his city can help the Kanzius project.
"It's amazing, said Ralph, "that in the very near future someone is going to stick a pin on a map and say this is where cancer was cured. And that pin is going to be Erie, Pennsylvania. That blows your mind and that is inconceivable."
Former Erie Mayor, Joyce Savocchio, said "there are nights that I think about it and I can't go to sleep. It just enfolds you that you are on the brink of history and something so enormous that you can't imagine it."
The excitement is not limited to Erie, Pennsylvania. In Houston, Texas at the MD Anderson Cancer Center, a team of scientists believe that John Kanzius has the key to something extraordinary.
MD Anderson is one of the most respected cancer centers in the world. 79 thousand cancer patients were treated at the huge campus in Houston last year.
Doctor Steven Curley is leading the research team at MD Anderson. Dr. Curley is the author of over 110 publications and 30 book chapters, many dealing with the treatment of patients with hepotocellular cancer, gallbladder cancer, bile duct cancer, or liver metastases.
Curley is brimming with cautious optimism.
"If we can come up with ways of delivering these particles to the cancer cells, but not to normal cells," Curley said, "this treatment will work. There's not a doubt in my mind. Any kind of cancer, anywhere in the body!"
Doctor Curley's team is ready to publish their first results using laboratory animals. So far, the targeted nanoparticles and the Kanzius RF machine have passed every test.
"There is a great deal of work that has to be done", said Curley. "However, I suspect once the manuscripts are published, there's going to be a real rush of excitement about this whole process. I've already warned John to get ready because the floodgates are about to open."
Kanzius wants to make sure his invention does not get sidelined by an unsympathetic corporation that might not want see an effective treatment on the market.
Said Kanzius, "venture capitalists, big pharmaceuticals that might want to buy this to tempt me and stop the research, not going to happen. There is no amount of money that can buy me off. You can not put a price on a human life."
When the revolutionary treatment is ready for human clinical trials, you can bet that Erie, Pennsylvania will go to the front of the line. And why not, since the inventor lives just a few miles away.
I especially love that he refuses to sell out to the pharmaceutical companies and venture capitalists.
It'd be nice to see little Erie, PA be the place where cancer is killed.
It’s a nice story but I would prefer to hear some persuasive discussion — i.e. “The device shows promise BECAUSE when it was tested on this or that, this or that happened.”
My BS antenna is twitchin’, I can’t help it.
Smacks of the 100 mpg carb that the oil companies were always buying.
I’m just sayin’.
Good luck to him, none-the-less.
God bless this guy whether this works or not. I must admit when I first started reading my initial thought was, “this is just another scam”. His excitement is infectious and it seems he has his heart and mind in the right place and quite a few with sterling credentials that believe he may have something good.
We'll know soon... ping
Oh, ye of little faith. I saw an interview with this man. He’s the real deal and the doctors at the cancer center in Houston are taking him seriously.
His research is coming out in one of the scientific or medical journals within the next week or so, if you’re interested.
Um, if you can come up with ways of delivering X to the cancer cells, but not to normal cells, then (more or less) the treatment X will work, if X = something bad for cells. Any kind of cancer, anywhere in the body.
Seems to me the trick is getting X only to the cancer cells. It's hard to get radiation only to cancer cells without also going through & hitting normal cells. Chemo, same thing. Here, it's not described well but it sounds like the idea is to engineer nanoparticles that "tag" only cancer cells so as to make them respond (resonate?) to certain RF frequency, which will kill those cells preferentially but not others.
Great, but how does one do that? How close are they to doing that? Is it even possible? How? Nothing in this article gives me any idea how close or far, how plausible or remote a possibility the "tagging" part is. And seems to me that's the main part!
Anyone could come up with a treatment that will work "if you can just get it to the cancer cells and not to the normal cells". If I could just get fire to cancer cells and not to normal cells, I'd have a cure for cancer! But that's hard.
After watching how the human body gets resistant to chemotherapy, radiation, and other anti-cancer agents, wouldn’t someone have to keep getting radio frequency and nanoparticle treatments forever and wouldn’t the body finally get resistant to this? Do we have even one case of cancer cured in animals with this method?
As I posted to another Freeper, this guy is the real deal. I think he’s on to something.
Regarding your last paragraph, that’s why I’m asking the praying Freepers on here to PRAY for this guy and the research. This is the best news I’ve heard in a while.
I keep up on this stuff since my mom got cancer and we’ll find out tomorrow if it’s spread to another area of the body.
Heck, most of my deceased relatives died from cancer at a fairly early age so I’m really interested in anything that might stop it.
I’m with you. If we could just get ALL treatments to locate, bind with and kill ONLY the cancer cells, we’d be in good shape.
Interesting stuff nonetheless.
So, once these nanoparticles are in the body, how if ever are they excreted? Where do they go, even if it’s AFTER they help kill the cancer cells?
How is he in two places.
You have NO idea what you are talking about.
There ARE venture capitalists out there who would definitely want this stuff squelched. There are companies developing some very high-tech therapies right now in the areas of cancer cell destruction. A couple of former colleagues of mine are involved in such ventures. Two years ago, one of them told me he’s working on something “way out there” and said he’d let me know when he has something concrete to give me. The suspense has been killing me because I know what he’s already done in this area.
If this inventor’s stuff proves out, the investors in these companies will lose everything and that’s money in the high millions.
If there really were no side effects, having to keep going in wouldn't matter :) People could go in every 3 months or whatever for a prophylactic nano/RF treatment just to clean themselves out. Like getting a regular teeth-cleaning. Big deal. Much better than going to radiation/chemo... and having recurrences...
And too much cost? But if this really works, we're gonna stop spending countless billions on chemo and radiation equipment and supplies and research (and put some big corporations out of business, and medical workers out of work along the way)... so we'll have plenty.
As for resistance: the resistance sometimes seen to e.g. radiation treatments has specific biological causes, like hypoxia... and/or the radiation kills many of the cancer cells but not all, those left behind recover (and you can't keep going forever because after some threshold you'll cause complications in normal tissue, so some fraction of cancer is inevitably left behind)... But perhaps with this nano/RF treatment, there's no parallel to any of that. If the RF waves go through the whole body with equal strength, if the nanoparticles can "tag" any cancer cells no matter where they are (with an efficiency that's indifferent to biological variations such as hypoxia), if the fraction of cancer cells killed by an RF treatment is essentially 100%, etc., then maybe there'd be no equivalent of the resistance seen with radiation.
But yeah, there are some ifs involved. For one thing I still don't understand how you can possibly engineer (what I gather are) RF-sensitive nanoparticles capable of finding & attaching themselves to the category "any cancer cell". (1) that's a big category, cancer cells come in wide variety. (2) even in a specific *type* of cancer cell (which is probably what they envision doing - use nanos X to find the pancreatic cancers, use nanos Y to find the breast cancers, etc), it's hard to fathom being confident the nanoparticles will find each and every one of them, if you have to rely on the bloodstream, or diffusion, or something like that to spread those nanos. Some cancer cells would inevitably get lucky and successfully hide from the nano cancer-cell-dragnet, I'd think... (unless it doesn't matter as long as 99.9% are found?)
But maybe I've misunderstood. Either way, there's a lot of details swept under that rug I imagine.
Once he repeated this stupid conspiracist lunacy, he lost me.