New therapy for bone cancer

by Medindia Content Team on  February 22, 2002 at 4:21 AM General Health News
RSS Email Print This Page Comment
New therapy for bone cancer
According to doctors at the research center the radioactive drug samarium destroys bone tumours. Osteosarcoma is an unusual tumour of the bone which is usually treated by surgery or chemotherapy. However, one case in ten proves resistant to these therapies.
Advertisement

A new radioactive drug, samarium, was tested on 21 patients with bone cancer, ranging in age from 15 to 50. All had failed to benefit from other treatments and had multiple bone cancer sites. Most had a good or excellent response to the samarium - with two going into complete remission. Samarium targets bone cancer cells only, so it is freer of side effects than other forms of chemotherapy. It's given intravenously over a 30 minute period and the patient needs to be in hospital for about two days. After two weeks, the bone is free of radioactivity because the samarium has a half life of only two days.

Advertisement
Advertisement

Post your Comments

Comments should be on the topic and should not be abusive. The editorial team reserves the right to review and moderate the comments posted on the site.
* Your comment can be maximum of 2500 characters
Notify me when reply is posted
I agree to the terms and conditions

More News on:

Cancer and Homeopathy Reiki and Pranic Healing Cancer Facts Cancer Renal Osteodystrophy / Mineral Bone Disorder Bone Cancer 
Advertisement

News A - Z

A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z

News Search

Medindia Newsletters

Subscribe to our Free Newsletters!

Terms & Conditions and Privacy Policy.

Advertisement

Advertisement
Advertisement

Stay Connected

  • Available on the Android Market
  • Available on the App Store

Facebook

News Category

News Archive