Scientists are claiming to have made a major breakthrough in the fight against prostate cancer with a new pill that shrinks tumors.
The new drug, abiraterone, could be used to treat up to 80 percent of patients with an aggressive form of prostate cancer, which almost always proves fatal.
The pill has been shown to minimize tumors and end the need for chemotherapy, which usually has unpleasant side effects and is not always effective.
Each year, 680,000 men worldwide are diagnosed with the disease and about 220,000 die from it.
In trials at the Institute of Cancer Research and the Royal Marsden Hospital in Britain, the majority of patients with previously untreatable and advanced cancer are said to have experienced “significant” regression of the disease.
Abiraterone is now being tested on 1,200 men worldwide.
“This agent clearly looks promising, but it is still at the early stages of clinical development,” said David Webb, professor of clinical pharmacology at the University of Edinburgh.
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