Study: New cancer drugs reducing mortality rate, tumors
It could be the breakthrough that cancer patients have been seeking for generations.
A clinical trial of 1,000 women who were given two new "drug cocktails" concluded that half of them got their cancers under control. In addition, some with hard-to-treat kidney and lung cancers saw a 30 percent decrease in tumor size.
The drugs, which have similar effects to those of chemotherapy, don't carry the same side effects as radiation.
"It really is like a heat-seeking missile with a toxic payload," XXX said. "(It) travels all over the body until it meets the cancer cell and then lets off a massively toxic dose."
Patients with breast cancer who were given what's called an "antibody drug complex" saw their mortality rate reduced by 38 percent compared to those taking conventional drugs.
For Judy Macon, who survived breast cancer twice, the developments are thrilling.
"The fact that many of the side effects that we associate with chemotherapy can be eliminated...is so exciting," Macon said. "I think this is such exciting news."
Would you like to contribute to this story? Start a discussion.
RecommendedRecent Facebook Activity
Only On 7
For all the breaking stories happening in your neighborhood and developing stories happening around the world, join Leon Harris and Alison Starling weeknights on ABC7 News at 5 and 11.
TBD Blogs What you need to read
@TBD On Foot
Best of TBD In case you missed it
Billed as the biggest food truck assembly to ever happen in D.C., "Curbside Cookoff: Trucko De Mayo" took place on Saturday with at least 40 vendors.