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That’s Health Minister Terry Lake reacting to what we learned this week, about new hope in the fight against prostate cancer, as scientists at the BC Cancer Agency announced a breakthrough generations ahead of any existing treatment.

Human trials have begun for a new drug which attacks prostate tumors using a pathway that has never before been achieved.

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Marianne Sadar is the UBC Professor of Pathology responsible for this arguably life changing treatment and says it’s a huge step towards finding a cure.

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Her new drug—as the Health Minister indicated—is able to defeat the mechanism of resistance which made prostate cancer nearly untreatable, and she says she’ll never forget the moment she realized her compound was working.

She recalls having photographs of tumors.

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Doctor Sadar discovered her new cancer fighting drug not in a lab, but in nature, by turning to a renowned oceanographer for assistance.

Colleague Raymond Andersen is also a professor at UBC and he says the new miracle drug comes from one of the simplest life forms that has ever lived.

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Professor Andersen says their research has also uncovered another promising compound and he suggests another drug might be revealed in the not so distant future.

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