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Metal-based compound shows promise in treating kidney cancer

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) -

The University of Hawaii Cancer Center has announced a possible medical breakthrough.

Researchers say a metal-based compound appears to destroy kidney cancer cells when injected in mice, but doesn't affect normal cells.

The compound made of Titanium and Gold, could be used to treat other kinds of cancer too. 

"We already have some preliminary data that suggests that it might be very good at (treating) prostate cancer as well so that's something we're going to follow up and we're looking at it in terms of breast cancer," says Dr. Joe Ramos, director of the Cancer Biology Program at the University of Hawaii Cancer Canter. 

The research is still in the early phases and will have to be tested in humans.

It could be years before that happens, but Dr. Ramos says he is excited about the results so far.

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