Scientists In Amsterdam Just Destroyed Breast Cancer Tumors In 11 Days Without Chemo
The most common cancer in women around the world is breast cancer. The best way to increase the survival rate in these patients is early detection. Although there are different treatments for neutralization of tumors, more than 500,000 women died of breast cancer in 2011.
European Conference on Breast Cancer in Amsterdam included a presentation of a study by Research UK Cancer Research, which shows that a pair of drugs can eliminate certain types of breast cancer in just 11 days. According to the new findings, some women with breast cancer may never have to have chemotherapy.
Both drugs Lapatinib and Herceptin are commonly used in treating a type of breast cancer after tumor removal and chemotherapy. The trial analyzed their effects and found that target HER2 is a protein that stimulates the growth of some types of breast cancer, even aggressive variants.
The study involved 257 women with breast cancer with HER2, who received both drugs immediately before needing operations. Within two weeks, 11% of the cancer completely disappeared, while 17% declined.
Researchers were shocked that this combination of drugs can in some cases completely cure patients with breast cancer. This study is small, but important for patients with breast cancer, for breast cancer with HER2 are more likely to return than others.
Although temporary, conventional chemo is accompanied by a very feeble side effects such as severe tiredness, frequent vomiting, hair loss, and sometimes reduced cognitive functions. It can last up to several months, but even then, may not cure the patient with cancer. The new finding suggests that some patients with breast cancer may not need chemotherapy or surgery to start.
According to the Guardian, chief executive Samia al cation of charity “Care for Breast Cancer” from Great Britain, believes that although it is early stage research, he has the potential to change everything. She said that at present, Herceptin is only available to be used together with chemotherapy, but not alone. All cancer patients deserve access to effective medical treatments.
Breast cancer is considered a group of at least 10 different diseases, all of which have their own style of development. Although there is a long way until all 10 diseases comprehensively and quickly cured, studies and surveys like this are useful for medical professionals, providing another effective weapon in their arsenal.