This is the kind of hopeful news that sends shivers down my spine. You see, my Dad is fighting for his life as I type this. Dad has been going through some really crazy things as doctors have been trying to save his life from the grip of a rare form of cancer called “myleofibrosis.”

A new drug, described by some as a medical Holy Grail, has killed or shrunk every kind of cancer tumor it’s been used against.

This new drug was discovered by Stanford University scientists and it works by blocking a protein produced in large amounts by cancer cells called CD47 that keeps the body’s immune system from fighting tumors. Simply by shutting down the CD47 production, the new antibody drug effectively leaves cancer cells vulnerable to the body’s own natural defense mechanisms.

In tests the drug destroyed several kinds of human cancer cells transplanted into mice including breast, ovary, colon, bladder, brain, liver, and prostate tumors.

The research, published this week in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, could lead to clinical trials in cancer patients as early as next year.

Can you imagine?  A drug that might be able to halt cancer in it's tracks and save lives?  How incredible would that be?