British scientists create new form of pancreatic cancer treatment

29 February 2012

By mixing together two chemotherapy drugs, scientists believe they have created a new way of treating pancreatic cancer.

Researchers at Cancer Research UK have been successful in developing a new way to target the cells which cause the severe disease.

The scientists, who are based at the Cambridge Research Institute, focused their study on finding the effects of combining the ABRAXANE cancer treatment with gemcitabine.

Such a mixture was then trialled on pancreatic cells within mice, with the results finding that the amount of active gemcitabine increased as a result.

Looking ahead at further research, study author David Tuveson, group leader at Cancer Research UK's Cambridge Research Institute, said: "Understanding that adding nab-paclitaxel to the mix can boost the effects of gemcitabine suggests other drugs might also be used in combination treatments for pancreatic and other cancers."

Vall d'Hebron Institute of Oncology also recently demonstrated that two cancer drugs which have stopped working received a boost in efficacy when combined to create a new treatment.

Posted by Edward Bartel


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