A team of Canadian researchers has found a novel way to stop the most aggressive cancerous tumours from growing and spreading.
They found that simply modifying a natural tumour-inhibiting protein, von Hippel-Lindau, could suppress growth in even the most dense tumours.
A study, conducted on mice, showed that the disease was stopped in its tracks and tumours shrank by 50 per cent.
According to researchers, one day the discovery could be used as a therapy for patients suffering aggressive cancers of the breast, prostate, colon, brain, lungs and kidneys.
Researchers were able to create a new version of the protein that destroyed cancerous cells at the heart of solid tumours where oxygen levels are low - which the natural human protein cannot do.
"A pharmaceutical company could take this bio-engineered protein and deliver gene therapy methods that can infect human cells.
This is very, very exciting," the Daily Express quoted lead author Professor Michael Ohh, in Toronto, as saying.