New cancer treatment signals major advances

16 May 2015

New findings, which were announced by the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) at its annual meeting, suggest that cancer treatment is advancing.

According to its report, a widely available vitamin pill can reduce the risk of non-melanoma skin cancers, while early-stage chemotherapy can extend the lives of men with advanced prostate cancers.

There are also new therapies that can improve outcomes for children with a rare form of kidney cancer and adults with relapsed multiple myeloma.

ASCO president Dr Peter Paul Yu said: "In just four studies, we see the potential to spare thousands of people the stress and complications of a new cancer diagnosis, and to extend the lives of children and adults facing cancer in its most daunting forms." 

Dr Gregory A. Masters, chair of ASCO's Cancer Communications Committee, said a deeper understanding of cancer biology and an era of cutting-edge precision medicine is helping improve the lives of patients with this disease.

Posted by Jeanette Royston

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