A big breakthrough therapy was able to eliminate some types of breast cancer tumors in just 11 days. Experts are amazed by this discovery and say it is the first time a drug for this deadly disease has ever shown such a great response.
This research was presented at the European Breast Cancer Conference in Amsterdam and has revealed that a pair of drugs was able to entirely destroy tumors as large as 1.2in (3cm).
Lead researcher, Professor Nigel Bundred, professor of surgical oncology at the University of Manchester, said: “For solid tumors to disappear in 11 days is unheard of. These are mind-boggling results.”
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The trial aimed to investigate the effects of two drugs, Herceptin and Lapatinib, on the women suffering from one of the most aggressive types of breast cancer – HER2 positive.
A total of 257 women with HER2-positive breast cancer were given these two drugs before surgery was due to take place. The results were surprising: in 11% of the cases, cancers were found to have entirely disappeared within just two weeks, and in 17 % of cases, tumors noticeably shrunk.
This study is a huge boost to those currently suffering from HER2. This combined drug therapy would cost around £1,500 and could spare some breast cancer patients from grueling rounds of chemotherapy and even surgery.