Honeybee venom rapidly kills aggressive breast cancer cells and when the venom’s main component is combined with existing chemotherapy drugs, it is extremely efficient at reducing tumour growth in mice

Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research study finds honeybee venom rapidly kills aggressive breast cancer cells

Venom from honeybees has been found to rapidly kill aggressive and hard-to-treat breast cancer cells, according to potentially groundbreaking new Australian research.

The study also found when the venom’s main component was combined with existing chemotherapy drugs, it was extremely efficient at reducing tumour growth in mice.

Published in the journal Nature Precision Oncology, the research was conducted at Perth’s Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research by Dr Ciara Duffy as part of her PhD.

Dr Duffy hopes the discovery could lead to the development of a treatment for triple-negative breast cancer, which accounts for 10 to 15 per cent of all breast cancers and for which there are currently no clinically effective targeted th… Continue Reading (3 minute read)

7 thoughts on “Honeybee venom rapidly kills aggressive breast cancer cells and when the venom’s main component is combined with existing chemotherapy drugs, it is extremely efficient at reducing tumour growth in mice”

  1. JeromesNiece

    Add it to the list of “too-good-to-be-true” cancer treatments that never make it past human trials

  2. growlingbanana

    That’s really awesome. On a side note, a bee sting will rapidly kill me as well.

  3. tillie4meee

    I keep reading one-off articles of great cures and treatments for humans then seem to never hear or see them again.

    Gets our hopes up then seemingly disappears from our reality.

  4. mayor-humdinger

    Honeybee populations have been on the decline all over the world the past several years. Hopefully this is a way to save lives and replenish the bee population, because without bees we’re pretty well fricked.

  5. Elgiard

    Sounds like this is a great time to be a mouse with cancer.

  6. Werthy71

    Just a reminder: killing cancer cells is easy, it’s the “not killing everything else” part that’s hard.

  7. Sirhc978

    You know what else kills cancer cells in mice in a laboratory setting? A Gun.

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