Researchers find a new compound that is more able to target stubborn prostate cancer cells.
The researchers, at the New York University (NYU) School of Medicine in New York City, created a compound called cyclic peptoids.
Cyclic peptoids specifically seek targets that current prostate cancer treatments cannot.
The scientists were able to develop a compound that reduced prostate cancer cell growth (in cultures) by 95 percent, when compared with untreated cells.
How the treatment differs from current drugs
Current prostate cancer treatments target hormonal signals that encourage the growth of prostate cancer. People who take these type of medications, known as anti-androgen drugs, often experience a recurrence of cancer growth within months.
This has led to more research in hopes of developing new treatments that can work with these “undruggable” targets.