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News: December 12, 2009

Researchers Find New Drug To Shrink Breast Cancer Tumors

December 12, 2009

Boston (SmartAboutHealth) - Researchers have discovered a new antibody drug that has the ability to shrink breast cancer tumors that other drugs have failed to impact.
The study was carried out by researcher Dr. Ian Krop and colleagues at the Dana Farber Cancer Institute.
What they discovered is that a hybrid drug, T-DM1, was able to shrink or at least stop the growth of HER2-positive breast cancer tumors.
The drug is a combination of the antibody tratuzumab and the drug DM1, which has the ability to kill breast cancer cells.
The way in which the drug works is pretty remarkable, as it has the ability to cling onto and attack only breast cancer cells, not the healthy cells in the body.
The antibody can work in conjunction with chemotherapy, allowing the chemotherapy to work while not harming the rest of the body.
During the study, they found that the drug was effective in treating 40% of women who have the HER2-positive breast cancers.
The tumors were shrunk by a margin of 30% or more when it was used.
The drug was also found to stabilize the breast cancer tumors at a high rate as well.
The new drug was presented at the 32nd annual CTRC-AACR San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium.


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November 11, 2009 | Treatment for Sleep Apnea Can Improve Golf Game

Men with obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) who received nasal continuous positive airway pressure (NCPAP or NPAP) treatments not only improved their health, but also lowered their golf handicap by as much as three strokes, according to research presented at CHEST 2009, the 75th annual assembly of the American College of Chest Physicians (ACCP).  Obstructive sleep apnea is a condition in which a person as ...

November 10, 2009 | More Insurance Companies Are Paying For Alternative Medicine

Alternative medicine which was once thought to be controversial and experimental is now gaining newfound respect within the medical community. In fact so much respect that more insurance companies are beginning to pay for alternative medicine.  More and more doctors trained in ...

November 9, 2009 | Two Antibiotics Linked to Birth Defects

Most antibiotics used during pregnancy are safe, but researchers have found a link between two commonly prescribed drugs and birth defects.  The study, part of the National Birth Defects Prevention Study and published ...

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December 20, 2009

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