MANCHESTER – In most families the family dinner usually begins and ends with the following sentence: Dude, how was school today?
But it is not like that in the family Lisanti. For them it looks a lot different, especially after the response that the scientific married couple received from their 8-year-old daughter Camilla. Her dad Michael dad curiosity asked his daughter (8) how she would cure cancer, and she gave him answer that was out of cannon: Antibiotics, like a sore throat! And, it seems, she gave the right answer.
Her mom and dad, both scientists-researchers in the field of oncology, their daughter’s theory became a subject of a research in Royal Manchester laboratory where the search for a cure for cancer was conducted.
And when they did it remained dumbfounded – their little one was right. To their immense surprise, they found that a few of the cheapest, most popular and most widely used antibiotics in the world kill most dangerous cancer cells?! Moreover, antibiotics have been fight successfully with the cells of the 7 most common types of cancer – the breast, prostate, lung, ovarian, pancreatic, brain tumors…
One of them, known as doxycycline, acts as a drug that could have the most success in treating cancer patients. There are plenty and it costs very little compared to treatment with cytostatics, which are extremely expensive.
The professor Lisanti while checking his daughter’s thesis in the laboratory found that antibiotics kill the mitochondria – the parts of cancer cells that help them to reproduce, which means that they stunted growth and preventing metastasis.
“So many times while having dinner my wife and I talked about our research and cancer so one evening we asked our daughter what she think about it, and she was shocked us the answer that at first glance seemed totally crazy to then turned out to be totally right, “talking about Michael and Federica who have already announced their scientific work on this topic in the journal Oncotarget adding that they have signed as co-authors and their baby daughter Camilla as most responsible for this idea.
Professor Lisanti says they are now at the research on humans, especially to people suffering from breast cancer where this treatment could have the best results. “The answer to us was all the time there, right in front of us, but we did not see,” said Michael, which greatly raise money for the final clinical trials.
He was in the lab already proved that antibiotics slow the growth of breast cancer cells, prostate and brain tumors. Moreover, patients with lung cancer who were due to some infections were treated with antibiotics, lived even a year longer than originally predicted.
Otherwise, Camilla is cheerful and curious child who wants to be a teacher when she grows up, says her dad, Michael, adding that it was only now that I realized how important it is to listen to their children even though at first it seems that what they say does not make sense.
“At one point I thought is it possible that I am so naive to believe in fantasies of my daughter that antibiotics can cure cancer, but …” says the scientist, adding: “She’s usually right about everything. Simply she give answers that make sense. ”
“I think it will be a diplomat or a lawyer when she grows up, someone who thinks fast and speed,” says scientist Michael Lisanti, father of Camilla (8) who may be responsible for the greatest medical discovery in this century.