PharmaCyte Biotech’s Expanded Follow-up Study on Malignant Ascites Fluid Accumulation in Final Stages of Preparation
SILVER SPRING, Md., Jan. 26, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — PharmaCyte Biotech, Inc. (PMCB), a clinical stage biotechnology company focused on developing targeted treatments for cancer and diabetes using its signature live cell encapsulation technology, Cell-in-a-Box(R), today reported that preparations for an expanded, follow-up study of the effectiveness of its pancreatic cancer treatment (a combination of low doses of the cancer prodrug ifosfamide and Cell-in-a- Box(R) capsules containing live cells capable of converting ifosfamide into its cancer-killing form) on the accumulation of malignant ascites fluid are in their final stages. This preclinical study will be conducted by Translational Drug Development (TD2) in the United States. Pancreatic cancer expert Dr. Daniel D. Von Hoff is the Chief Development Officer of TD2 and a principal architect of the study. It is expected that the study will begin in approximately two weeks.
This expanded study is designed to build upon the successful results of the pilot study that was completed by TD2 late last year. In that study, mice bearing an aggressive human ovarian cancer (ES-2), which produces significant amounts of malignant ascites fluid, were divided into 4 groups with 10 mice in each group. The mice in Group 1 served as a control group. Group 2 was made up of mice treated with PharmaCyte Biotech’s pancreatic cancer treatment. Group 3 was treated with cisplatin, a chemotherapy drug often used to treat ovarian cancer. Group 4 was treated with a combination of PharmaCyte Biotech’s pancreatic cancer treatment and cisplatin.
The new expanded study will use the same ES-2 ovarian cancer model, but in this study, the mice will be divided into 13 different treatment groups with 10 mice in each group. This study is designed to better define the parameters that will be needed to design a future Phase 1 clinical trial in humans that suffer from malignant ascites fluid accumulation as a result of their abdominal cancers, such as pancreatic, liver, ovarian, uterine and colon.
Kenneth L. Waggoner, Chief Executive Officer of PharmaCyte Biotech, said, “We are looking forward to this expanded preclinical study of the effectiveness of our pancreatic cancer treatment in reducing the rate of malignant ascites fluid accumulation in the abdomen. If successful, it could quickly lead to a clinical trial in patients with abdominal tumors who suffer from this very serious cancer-associated malady. The accumulation of ascites fluid is problematic for patients with an abdominal cancer because it’s very painful and can cause breathing problems. Once it gets to a certain stage, it must be removed on a regular basis. This procedure in itself is very uncomfortable for patients and costly. Hopefully, our pancreatic cancer treatment will slow the accumulation of this malignant ascites fluid and thus reduce the number of withdrawals of the fluid that are needed over a given period of time. To our knowledge, there is no other treatment on the market that can accomplish this – particularly in the case of advanced cancers.”
About PharmaCyte Biotech
PharmaCyte Biotech is a clinical stage biotechnology company focused on developing and preparing to commercialize treatments for cancer and diabetes based upon a proprietary cellulose-based live cell encapsulation technology known as Cell-in-a-Box(R). This unique and patented technology will be used as a platform upon which treatments for several types of cancer, including advanced, inoperable pancreatic cancer, and diabetes are being built. PharmaCyte Biotech’s treatment for pancreatic cancer involves low doses of the well-known anticancer prodrug ifosfamide, together with encapsulated live cells, which convert ifosfamide into its active or “cancer-killing” form. These capsules are placed as close to the cancerous tumor as possible to enable the delivery of the highest levels of the cancer-killing drug at the source of the cancer. This “targeted chemotherapy” has proven remarkably effective in past clinical trials. PharmaCyte Biotech is also working towards improving the quality of life for patients with advanced pancreatic cancer and on treatments for other types of solid cancerous tumors. In addition, PharmaCyte Biotech is developing treatments for cancer based upon chemical constituents of the Cannabis plant, known as cannabinoids. In doing so, PharmaCyte Biotech is examining ways to exploit the benefits of Cell-in-a-Box(R) technology in optimizing the anticancer effectiveness of cannabinoids, while minimizing or outright eliminating the debilitating side effects usually associated with cancer treatments. This provides PharmaCyte Biotech the rare opportunity to develop “green” approaches to fighting deadly diseases, such as cancer of the pancreas, brain and breast, which affect hundreds of thousands of individuals worldwide every year.
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