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University of Vermont Cancer Center Research Leads To Potential Malignant Mesothelioma Treatment

A promising new therapy for mesothelioma and metastatic cancer, arising from laboratory investigations at the University of Vermont (UVM), is about to enter a Phase I clinical trial. This new approach targets a universal vulnerability in cancer cells that could be exploited therapeutically.

“All tumor cells are very reliant on efficient waste management systems to grow and survive; we were interfering with that,” said Dr. Brian Cunniff, a faculty member in UVM’s Larner College of Medicine’s Pathology and Laboratory Medicine Department, who identified the new therapeutic approach. “The drug takes away the ability of cells to metabolize toxic byproducts, so they essentially choke on their own exhaust,” Dr. Cunniff added.

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