Did you know? Breast cancer is the most common cancer among women, with an estimated 1 in 8 American women predicted to develop it in their lifetime. While certain holistic therapies have been found to reduce the likelihood of developing cancer overall, a new study proving the cancer can be eradicated — or, at least, greatly diminished — in just 11 days is what has scientists and health enthusiasts most excited.
The new research was led by scientists with the Institute of Cancer Research, London, the University of Manchester, and University Hospital of South Manchester and was presented at the European Breast Cancer Conference.
As Futurism reports, the trial aimed to investigate the effects of Herceptin and Lapatinib (two drugs commonly used during one type of breast cancer treatment) following tumor-removal surgery and conventional chemotherapy. The drugs work by targeting a protein known as HER2, which is known to drive the growth of some types of breast cancers.
For the study, 257 women with HER2-positive breast cancer were given the drug combination before surgery was scheduled to take place. Incredibly, 11 percent of the chances were discovered to have entirely disappeared within two weeks. Additionally, a further 17 percent of cases featured dramatically shrunken tumors.
As one might expect, the team was startled yet elated by the study’s results. After all, breast cancers fueled by HER2 are known to be more aggressive and more likely to return than others.
Most importantly, the discovery means some women afflicted by the disease may never have to undergo chemotherapy which has painful side effects — including hair loss, frequent vomiting, fatigue and reduce cognitive functions — and oftentime takes months to complete.
According to Samia al Qadhi, the chief executive of Breast Cancer Care — A UK-based charity, the study is in its early stage but “has game changing potential.” She added that “at present, Herceptin’s licensing means it is only available to be used alongside chemotherapy and not alone. All cancer patients deserve access to clinically effective treatments.”
Breast cancer is a complicated affliction, as it’s actually thought to be a group of at least ten separate diseases. While there is a long way to go before scientists can boast they have a “cure” for the disease, this relatively new research is a positive development as it means medical professionals have one more weapon to employ when combatting cancer.
Source : truththeory