Dr. Jay Harness NBC News Interview: New Late-Stage Breast Cancer Treatment Option

Dr. Jay Harness comments on the promise of Halaven and other recent breast cancer treatment developments in an on-air interview hosted by CBS Los Angeles affiliate KNX NewsRadio.

The interview is available at this audio link.

Halaven is derived from a substance in a Japanese black sponge.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration recently approved Halaven to treat patients with metastatic breast cancer who have received at least two prior chemotherapy regimens for late-stage disease.

As reported in the Wall Street Journal:

Amid a dry spell for breakthrough cancer drugs, recent U.S. approval of Eisai Co.’s Halaven represents some vindication for a small group of researchers who believe, contrary to recent pharmaceutical fashion, that molecules from nature hold promise against hard-to-treat diseases.

According to Dr. Harness:

Through the evolution of the Earth, sea-based organisms have had to learn ways to protect themselves through specialized organic response substances.

One report says it well, “weapons of mass destruction are alive and well on a coral reef.”

It is these organic weapons which may be turned to human use to stop the growth of cancerous cells.

A drug such as Halaven demonstrates the potential benefits of continuing the hunt within nature for drugs of the future.

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