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Targeted Drug Proves Effective for Cervical Cancer

by Anubha Sinha on  March 11, 2014 at 2:19 AM Cancer News   - G J E 4
Brazilian researchers have found out that drug erlotinib in combination with cisplatin-based chemoradiation therapy (CRT) can prove very effective in the treatment of cervical cancer.
 Targeted Drug Proves Effective for Cervical Cancer
Targeted Drug Proves Effective for Cervical Cancer
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In the experiment, the drug targets the epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) - a receptor that is usually produced in excess in cervical cancer patients.

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As part of the study, the research team, led by Dr Angélica Nogueira-Rodrigues of the Brazilian National Cancer Institute, carried out the test on 36 women in the age group of 18-70 years and who had cervical cancer stages IIB to IIIB. After an average of 77-day therapy, cancerous tumours vanished in 34 (94.4%) patients.

At 2 years after the treatment was stopped, 91.7% of the patients were alive and there was no progress in the disease for 80.6% patients. Even after one year, 80% of the women were alive and there was no progress in the disease for 73.8% women.

Researchers said, "To the best of our knowledge, the current study is the first to reveal that a target agent is safe and has promising activity against locally advanced cervical cancer when combined with CRT."

Until now, for patients suffering from locally advanced cervical cancer, cisplatin-based CRT is considered the standard treatment. But the researchers said that at times the therapy can be unpredictable and disappointing for patients.

The study was published in Cancer.

Source: Medindia
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