Amazing discovery by Kidscan

Sep 18, 2018

Cockles are just as effective as some chemotherapy drugs in curing cancer, new research has found. Scientists at CWG Chairman’s charity Kisdcan has found that sugars found in the small shellfish were “approximately as effective” as cancer drugs. “Cockle-chemo”, as they called the process, could be particularly suitable for children because it is less toxic and less likely to cause unhealthy side effects, they said.

The work was carried out at the University of Salford in Manchester wher Kidscan is based. The results were published in the Marine Drugs journal after the scientists tested the mollusc sugars with positive results against leukaemia, breast, lung and colon cancer cells and tumours.

Lead researcher Dr David Pye, director of child cancer research charity Kidscan, said: “Polysaccharides (sugars) derived from mammals have long been a source of experimentation by cancer scientists but to date with inconclusive results.

“Certain applications have actually helped the cancer to grow. We opted to look at shellfish instead, not least because they are much cheaper and easier to source and well as being rich in sugars.”

“They have a different structure from which we are starting to derive a number of potential drugs which with further refinement have the potential to work alongside more traditional treatments.”

Dr Pye (below) added: “What is really significant about this is not so much the seafood source but that fact that sugars of this chemical structure work effectively at tolerable levels for children.

Dr David Pye

“A lot of children’s cancer drugs are watered down versions of adult ones, and they target and stop cell division. Clearly, as cell division is a central process of growth and development they hit children’s health disproportionately.”

This is why the CWG believes the work of Kiscan is so important, and why we continue to support it. Our next funraising event will be the charity raffle at our industry dinner in October. Prize donation are welcome.