Dramatic advance in cancer treatment: Mix of two existing drugs could be the antidote
In what could prove to be a dramatic advance in cancer treatment, researchers have shown that a combination of two existing drugs can dramatically shrink tumors.
The study, unveiled at Monday’s annual meeting of the American Society of Clinical Oncology in Chicago, was conducted on 945 patients with advanced melanoma by research centers in the United States, several European countries and Israel. The drugs in question are from the immunotherapy class, which stimulates the immune system to locate and fight cancerous cells.
The two-drug combination reduced tumors by more than a third in 58 percent of the patients, the study found, and the reduction persisted for an average period of about 11.5 months. In 15 to 20 percent of the cases, the tumor disappeared entirely, though it’s not yet clear how long the remission will last.
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