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Cows could change the way cancer is treated in the future with edible chemotherapy. 

Ana Garcia Gustafson has mastered the art of optimism. It’s not easy when you’re fighting pancreatic cancer. 

She says, “I’m giving it all I can give! Kickin’ it in the derriere.” 

She takes a mix of potent chemo drugs. treatment days are six-hour infusions. Some chemo drugs can be given orally, but many must be given by I-V. 

Tom Anchordoquy is a pharmaceutical scientist at the University of Colorado’s Skaggs School of Pharmacy. He says, “Some drugs just cannot survive the condition in the stomach.” 

He has found an unusual way to change that. He says, “It’d make things a lot easier and cheaper.” 

He’s putting powerful drugs into raw milk. Milk particles can survive harsh stomach conditions and make it to the bloodstream, right where cancer drugs need to be. 

He adds, “This particle goes in and it protects it. It’s like you’d be surrounded by a shield.” 

Patients could take powerful drugs that normally have to be given by I-V orally, at home. and potent drugs too dangerous for humans could now work when attached to milk particles. 

He says, “By putting them in these particles, we can hopefully minimize their toxicity a little bit and make them a little more amenable to human use.”

She says, “We’ll take it one day at a time. I wanna live. I want to live.”

Researchers are also excited about what this technique could mean for future treatments. 

Very powerful drugs that cannot be used in humans right now could soon be a real option just by attaching them to milk particles.

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