Fat People Cause of Drug Resistant Tumor Cells

Picture of NCI Director Dr. Norman Sharpless

In a recent press release the National Institutes of Health (NIH) confirmed a previously unsubstantiated belief. Researchers believed fat cells produced enzymes that could weaken the toxic effects of today’s chemotherapy drugs. Now confirmed, fat people will have to take more drugs or doctors will have to invest time focusing on ensuring drug levels are adequate within tumors targeted for treatment.

Studies have shown high numbers of fat cells in cancer environments have a counterproductive influence on neutralizing or killing cancer cells. Because fat cells absorb chemotherapy drug toxicity by producing enzymes that weaken the drug’s effectiveness, because of this researchers and pharmaceutical companies will have to come up with more toxic drugs and/or give patients higher doses of chemotherapy drugs to ensure positive outcomes when combating cancer.

In a press conference with two pharmaceutical companies Director of the National Cancer Institute (NCI) Dr. Norman Sharpless, mentioned it’s a coincidence more drugs are needed to combat cancer & that this outcome will boost profit margins of drug providers. Continuing, drug companies have everyone’s best interest in mind not profits as he began to laugh. As the reporters joined him in laughing, Dr. Sharpless in closing said we’re making America great again & if you believe me, I have a bridge I want to sell you.

More can be found at https://www.cancer.gov/news-events/cancer-currents-blog/2017/fat-cells-absorb-chemotherapy