Una vacuna cubana contra el cáncer de pulmón lo convierten en una enfermedad «controlable»
- Una vacuna cubana contra el cáncer de pulmón avanzado mejora “considerablemente” el estado de los pacientes graves y posibilita que la enfermedad se convierta en “crónica controlable”, informaron medios oficiales.
La directora del proyecto, Gisela González, afirmó en enero pasado que la vacuna es segura, no provoca efectos severos y aumenta la esperanza de vida del paciente, con una buena calidad.
Los medios cubanos subrayan que CIMAVAX-EGF es la primera vacuna terapéutica contra el cáncer de pulmón avanzado registrada en el mundo.
Según datos de la Organización Mundial de la Salud, el cáncer es la primera causa de mortalidad a nivel mundial, y el pulmonar es uno de los de mayor incidencia.
Se calcula que en 2008 murieron de cáncer se 7,6 millones de personas, cifra que se incrementará hasta once millones en 2030.
Cuba Have Developed A Cure For Lung Cancer
Cuba may be about to rid the world of lung cancer, having developed a vaccine against the deadly disease. Apparently, the US are now finally ready to start trading with them again after 55 years.
As you may have heard, the Barack Obama-led government have been trying to normalise relations with the Caribbean island, having taken them off the list of countries the US believe to be ‘terrorist’.
And following New York Governer Andrew Cuomo’s visit to Havana’s Roswell Park Cancer Institute, it looks like the US want to bring the vaccine across the border to start clinical trials.
The vaccine, known as Cimavax, was developed by Cuba’s top biotech and medical researchers who are leading the way in immuno-oncology. They say it is low in toxicity, cheap to produce and easy to store.
Cuba has long been branded the nation of cigars, rum and baseball but under Fidel and Raul Castro’s leadership, they have become world leaders in creating preventative treatments. They now have a higher life expectancy than the US despite spending a hell of a lot less on healthcare per individual.
With smoking cigars though comes lung cancer, which is the fourth-leading cause of death in Cuba. And so researchers spent 25 years developing the drug until it became available to the public for free in 2011. Each shot of the stuff costs the government just $1.
And that has prompted Japan and several European countries to initiate trials for Cimavax. Now the US want a slice of the action.
The drug doesn’t attack cancerous tumours directly. Instead it goes after a protein that tumours produce which circulate in the blood. That then causes the body to release antibodies which increases cell growth which then causes cancer. Cimavax stop tumours from growing, basically. It sounds complicated, but they’re paid to do complicated stuff, that’s their job.
The institute in Cuba claim they still have work to do with the treatment and want to make it into a more traditional vaccine, like one for measles or mumps, which would prevent lung cancer in people for life.
Investigators from around the world are trying to crack the nut of cancer. The Cubans are thinking in ways that are novel and clever. Thomas Rothstein, a very clever biologist
Though President Obama has lifted most trade restrictions on Cuba, there are still more that need Congress’ approval to see Cimavax imported to the US and trialed.
Fingers crossed historical political rivalries don’t stop this drug from being rolled out worldwide to help people who are genuinely in need.