When a popular oncologist from Manchester asked his eight year old daughter a question from his field of study, she left him shocked.
During supper, Michael asked his little daughter Camilla how would she treat cancer, and her response was quite simple – with antibiotics, like treating a sore throat.
Michael Lisanti and his wife Federica have worked on a research study for locating a remedy for cancer cells and the University of Manchester and their daughter’s response changed the training course of the study. They decided to try the concept and the results were incredible. Using ordinary and really cost-effective antibiotics, they handled to entirely destroy cancer cells. There are antibiotics that are able to prevent the cancer cells of creating mitochondria.
Michael couldn’t believe that his little Camilla was actually right, “At the beginning I thought it was naive, cancer cells treated with prescription antibiotics, yet it turned out that Camilla was right “said Michael.
Now he believes that prescription antibiotics can be effective and with a very low price unlike the traditional drugs used in treating cancer.
To honor their daughter’s idea, Michael and Federica named Camilla as the author of the study.
Camilla Lisanti’s parents are both cancer researchers at Manchester University. Over dinner, her father, Michael, asked her how she would cure the disease, and she suggested using antibiotics, “like when I have a sore throat.”
Michael and his wife, Federica Sotgia, tested her theory at the lab and were surprised to find that several cheap and widely used antibiotics destroyed cancerous cells in samples from breast, prostate, lung, ovarian, pancreatic, skin, and brain tumors. Some of the antibiotics worked by preventing cancer cells from making energy-providing mitochondria— which cancer stem cells are prolific in.
Most importantly, these common antibiotics tested did not harm healthy cells. Michael believes they could prove to be an effective and inexpensive treatment.
“I thought it was very naïve to think you could cure cancer with antibiotics, but at the end of the day Camilla was right,” he told the Daily Mail. “She usually is right about things.”
The research is promising but is limited to lab results and needs to be tested on people.
In a comment to The Independent, Dr. Alan Worsley, Cancer Research UK’s senior scientist said that some antibiotics have been known to have anti-cancer effects since the 1960s and are a well-established part of cancer treatment, along with chemotherapies.
“There’s no indication from this work that these particular antibiotics would kill cancer cells in patients, or what sort of side effects there might be,” he told The Independent.