Cancers can be put to sleep to stop them multiplying, scientists have discovered. A new drug called Aflibercept tricks tumours into becoming dormant by flipping molecular switches in the structure of the cancer so it cannot spread. Positive results are being seen already in the UK, where trials have seen patients enjoy a ´significant´ extension of life. More than 1,400 patients were involved in trials, with some participants with advanced bowel cancer who had already had chemotherapy prolonged life by two years. Scientists think the drug could be used across a range of different cancers in future studies.
Comments: A two-year extension on life! The drug was developed by a French multinational corporation and a US firm from Tarrytown, NY. Let´s hope there are enough funds left to continue their research when Obamacare takes up its oversight duty, baseball bat poised and ready to strike.
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Country Boy, 11/24/2012 7:53:09 AM (No. 9031482)
Problem is the progressives/socialists now in power in the U.S. don´t like funding Medicare (which would be the insurer of most cancer patients). They much prefer funding of obamaCare. Difference being that Senior citizena (Medicare) will only vote perhaps a few times after receiving cancer treatments. Where as younger patients of obama care will likely vote many times (for Democrats). and younger patients don´t need expensive treatments, but will need other treatments (drug rehab, sex changes etc)
This sentence jumped out at me: "Positive results are being seen already in the UK, where trials have seen patients enjoy a ´significant´ extension of life" The irony is that the NHS will not let anyone in the UK have it because of the cost.
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