Drug Is Found To Have Profound Results On Cancer With One Dose

June 20, 2009

Minnesota (ChattahBox) – An incredible breakthrough in the treatment of cancer has been announced, after a single dose of a the drug Ipilimumab led to the drastic recovery of two patients with inoperable prostate cancer.  Ipilimumab is one of a class of drugs called monoclonal antibodies, which stimulate the body’s own immune system to fight disease.

The sudden results from the dose stunned researchers, who had previously done clinical trials to show the drug’s effectiveness in the treatment of melanoma, where in 2007 19% of patients given the drug saw a serious improvement, stabilization of their cancer symptoms, and shrinkage in their tumor.

The use of the drug to treat prostate cancer was expected to see similar results, but the incredible findings showed that the two men given Ipilimumab not only improved, but improved so dramatically that doctors think for the first time the first real step in a cancer cure may have been found.

“This is one of the Holy Grails of prostate cancer research. We have been looking for this for years,” Dr Eugene Kwon, who led the study, was quoted in The Independent.

“These were patients for whom there was no hope. The course of their disease has been altered in a dramatic fashion. We have a major finding which we never expected to stumble across but we have to complete our studies.”

Clinical trials are expected to continue, with a wider range of patients being sought as subjects.  The experimental treatment is being developed by Bristol-Myers Squibb and Medarex, a US biotech company.


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  1. Drug Is Found To Have Profound Results On Cancer With One Dose on June 20th, 2009 11:57 am

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