28 February 2012
A new cancer treatment could be on the horizon, in a development which involves combining two existing drugs for the disease.
Scientists at the Vall d'Hebron Institute of Oncology (VHIO) have carried out a study which demonstrates that two drugs which have stopped being effective can improve their efficacy when mixed together.
On top of this, the innovative treatment has been found to break down the resistance that the body puts up against the effects of each drug.
As a result, medical professionals may be able to use the study to create a new way of tending to clinically advanced metastatic tumours.
Lead author of the research Dr Javier Cortes, head of the breast cancer programme at the VHIO, stated: "The novelty factor does not lie in the combination itself, but in the combination of two drugs that had already been administered in the past and had each failed."
According to Cancer Research UK, more than 48,000 people were diagnosed with breast cancer in the UK during 2008 – with the disease accounting for 16 per cent of all cancer cases in the country.
Posted by Jeanette Royston
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