New Most Powerful Prostate Cancer Drug?

September 26, 2011 by  
Filed under Prostate Cancer

New Most Powerful Prostate Cancer Drug:

It seems most people suffering from prostate cancer without any improvements can now heave a sign of relief.

Just today we found that there’s now a new drug that appears to be the most powerful prostate cancer treatment drug so far.

In fact this new Prostate Cancer drug has proved to be so potent and powerful so far that instead of just doing trails, they have decided to stop the trails and go ahead to use it on all nearly 1,000 patients undergoing the test in the London’s Royal Marsden Hospital .

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A new prostate cancer drug trial has been so successful doctors have decided to stop it early.

Medics at London’s Royal Marsden Hospital were testing a powerful alpha radiation drug on 461 people while another group of the same number were being treated with a dummy drug.

Patients taking the new drug experienced less pain, side effects and lived longer.

Researchers were so astounded with the results they decided to stop the trial and started treating all 922 patients taking part in the study because they said it would be unethical not to.

Radiation has long been used to treat tumours and damages the genetic code inside cancer cells.

However, alpha particles are the most powerful radiation and consist of helium nuclei, which are bigger and strong than beta radiation – a stream of electrons.

Dr Chris Parker, who is the lead researcher on the study, said it was a significant step forward for cancer research.

‘It’s more damaging. It takes one, two three hits to kill a cancer cell compared with thousands of hits for beta particles,’ he told the BBC.

Dr Parker also said that less damage was done to surrounding cells and added the radiation only targeted only the cancer.

Many patients with advanced prostate cancer will have little chance of survival because the tumour usually spreads to the bone.

The study originally looked at patients with these secondary cancers and used the radium-223 chloride drug, which acts like calcium and sticks to the bone.

Half were given the new drug and the others were treated with chemotherapy and a dummy pill which had no effect… Read the rest of this article here.

As you can see, this is very interesting. So, what do you think? Are they right in claiming this is going to be the new most powerful prostate cancer drug?

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