Hopeful news for cancer patients. A new treatment appears to destroy tumor cells in people with terminal head and neck cancer. In some patients, the tumors even disappeared completely. It could also help other cancer patients.
The treatment involved administering a cocktail of different immunotherapy drugs. This prompted the patients’ immune systems to destroy the cancer cells in the body. This had a positive effect on survival, according to scientists from the Institute of Cancer Research (ICR), London and The Royal Marsden, who conducted the study.
It was a combination of nivolumab and ipilimumab. It reduced the size of the tumors in terminally ill patients suffering from head and neck cancer. In some patients they even disappeared completely and afterwards there was no trace of the disease. Another advantage: the immunotherapy had far fewer side effects than traditional treatments, such as chemotherapy.
The study, which has now completed phase three, involved nearly a thousand terminally ill patients with head and neck cancer. The first results would not be statistically relevant, but they would be clinically relevant. Some patients lived for months or even years longer than expected and with fewer side effects. The researchers involved therefore call the treatment “promising”.
The new treatment could also be effective against other advanced cancers. There have also been promising tests with patients suffering from kidney cancer, skin cancer and colon cancer.
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