Cancer: shock breakthrough

June 22, 2009 at 8:47 am | Posted in Lifescape | Leave a comment
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By Jeremy Laurance, Health editor

Two patients with inoperable prostate cancer have made dramatic recoveries after receiving one dose of an experimental drug that is creating excitement among cancer specialists.

The results were so startling that researchers decided to release details of
the two cases before the drug trial – in which the patients took part – was
complete. Doctors said their progress had exceeded all expectations. The men
were treated at the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota in the US, one of the top
medical centres in the world.

Dr Eugene Kwon, the urologist who was in charge of their treatment, compared
the results to the first pilot breaking the sound barrier.

“This is one of the Holy Grails of prostate cancer research. We have been
looking for this for years,” he said.

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