Phase two cancer drug trial gets underway

12 January 2012

Cancer Research UK has started a trial of a new breast and ovarian cancer drug in outpatients.

The charity re-launched the trial to treat inherited breast and ovarian cancer led by the Sir Bobby Robson Cancer Trials Research Centre, Newcastle University and The Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

Phase two of the clinical trial will see women with advanced-stage ovarian and breast cancer given a drug called Rucaparib, which is part of a "promising" collection of drugs known as PARP inhibitors.

Professor Ruth Plummer, the trial's chief investigator, said: "We're seeing encouraging results in women with breast or ovarian cancer treated with PARP inhibitors."

She added that in this phase of the trial patients will be able to go about their daily lives and take the treatment at home instead of spending lots of time in hospital facilities.

According to the charity, more than 80 per cent of people diagnosed with breast cancer in England and Wales live for at least five years after diagnosis.

Posted by Philip Briggs

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