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Cancer patients to regrow breasts

17th November 2009

Australian scientists are making steps toward a treatment which will allow women's breasts to be regrown after they have had surgery for breast cancer.

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Breast cancer is the most common form of female cancer, and is the leading cancerous cause of death among women.

Phillip Marzella of Melbourne's Bernard O'Brien Institute of Microsurgery said they were experimenting by putting a dollop of fat inside a chamber that they fed with blood.

He said that the dollop of fat grew and developed into breasts, so that in effect their implantable, brassiere-shaped device used a woman's own fat cells to grow her breasts back after she had undergone a mastectomy.

The researchers are planning to develop a biodegradable version of the device that does not need to be removed after the woman's breasts have grown back.

However, at present, the device will need to be removed after it has worked.

Marzella said that this is the first time in the world that such a thing has been done without using stem cells.

He said that his device used the patient's own blood supply to regrow the breasts, and that his team's trials, which used pigs as subjects, went well.

The Bernard O'Brien Institute of Microsurgery recently received a US$2.8 million government grant.

Marzella's team will begin its trials on humans next year.

Anthony Hollander, a tissue expert from the University of Bristol in the UK, said that the method the Australians used was itself nothing new, and that combining it with an implanted cell was an idea based on a new piece of technology known as a bio-material cage.

He said that, if the treatment worked on humans, it would be a nice approach, though there was still some way to go.

 


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gareth Bold

Thursday 19th November 2009 @ 22:07

would be good to rid us of this disease so we dont have to think about this. Over two years ago the Canadian Cancer Society started recommending that everyone take vitamin D to prevent cancer and still no one know this. Go to www.vitaminD3world.com to see the information. This site has a good newsletter as well


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