A new treatment for breast cancer has made tumors vanish in less than two weeks.
A team of British doctors, led by the University of Manchester and the Institute of Cancer Research in London, were stunned by the results they saw in some women after a trial treatment. This treatment included a combination of two existing cancer drugs, Tyverb and Herceptin. Doctors combined them and gave them to women as soon as they were diagnosed.
87 percent of the participants responded to the treatment, with tests showing that the cancer had stopped producing more cells. For another 17 percent of the women, their tumors significantly shrunk. But 11 percent of the women saw their tumors completely disappear.
"For solid tumors to disappear in 11 days is unheard of," said study leader Professor Nigel Bundred. "These are mind-boggling results."
The trial was relatively small, and more tests are needed before the doctors are able to roll out the treatment to a wider number of patients. But cancer charities are saying this has the potential to be a game-changer.
Professor Arnie Purushotham of Cancer Research UK, which funded the study, echoed those sentiments.
"This could mean some women can avoid chemotherapy after their surgery, sparing them the side-effects and giving them a better quality of life," Purushotham said.
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