One in eight women will develop breast cancer at some point in their lives, but a recent study in Amsterdam have found how to get rid of him once and for all .
Breakthrough Breast Cancer
The research presented by Professor Nigel Bundred at the European Cancer Conference in Amsterdam Mama explained that they had tested the effectiveness of a pair of drugs known as Herceptin (also known as trastuzumab) and lapatinib.
These drugs are already used in treatments against breast cancer but this is the first time were combined and used prior to surgery and chemotherapy.
realized that these if two drugs were combined together, were able to remove some types of breast cancer in just 11 days.
The study, which was funded by Cancer Research UK, proposes the use of these drugs to combat a protein called HER2 (factor human epidermal growth receptor 2), which affects the growth and division of cells cancer.
is also more likely to return than other types of cancer.
which also makes this treatment so attractive is the fact that that eliminates the need for chemotherapy and surgery.
also has some side effects such as hair loss, vomiting and fatigue, making the treatment less impact on the body.
Chemo is not entirely effective, nor is right choice for a lot of patients so you are welcome any alternative.
257 women with HER2 positive breast cancer were selected for the study.
half of them were put on the drug combination, while the other half were a control group.
After two weeks, 11% of participants receiving the combo had no cancer cells remaining, while another 17% was drastically reduced tumors.
control group, which received only Herceptin, none of the participants without cancer and only 3% experienced a reduction in tumor size saw.
Clearly the drug combination was powerful.
Unfortunately, the licensing of Herceptin allows only be available in combination with chemotherapy. Hopefully, the results of this study may change that.