This Cancer Drug Is So Effective, The FDA Approved It Immediately

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This Cancer Drug Is So Effective, The FDA Approved It Immediately

Post by Thorin on Mon Jun 12, 2017 5:10 pm

A new cancer drug has overwhelmingly helped shrink or eradicate tumors in patients whose cancer had resisted every other form of treatment. The results, published in the journal Science, are so striking that the Food and Drug Administration already has approved the drug.



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The study followed 86 cancer patients with tumors of the pancreas, prostate, uterus or bone. Each patient was given pembrolizumab, which also goes by the brand name Keytruda. After taking the drug, 66 patients had their tumors shrink substantially and stabilize, instead of continuing to grow. Among them were 18 patients whose tumors vanished and have not returned. According to the New York Times, this is the first time a drug has been approved for use against tumors that share a particular genetic profile, regardless of where they appear in the body.

Dr. Jack Jacoub, a medical oncologist and director of thoracic oncology at Memorial Care Cancer Institute at Orange Coast Memorial Medical Center, said "The FDA doesn't take these kinds of things lightly. The data was so good, they had to approve it."

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Post by Syl on Mon Jun 12, 2017 6:37 pm

Even the word cancer is so scary for many people, a new drug that could treat and even eradicate certain cancers is brilliant news.

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Post by eddie on Mon Jun 12, 2017 7:10 pm

There are lots of drugs out there that are either too expensive for patients or not available to them in their area or country.

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Post by Fred Moletrousers on Tue Jun 13, 2017 10:04 am

Syl wrote:Even the word cancer is so scary for many people, a new drug that could treat and even eradicate certain cancers is brilliant news.

It would be even more brilliant news if the Food and Drug Administration operated in the UK, but it doesn't

NICE, if their past performance is anything to go by, will set up working parties, committees and focus groups; allow two years for consultation and another two for "consideration"...after which they may, just may, sanction trials.

But only if they don't cost too much....
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