Can­cer drug break­through

The Sunday Post (Newcastle) - - NEWS -

A drug that is al­ready avail­able on the NHS in Scot­land to treat blad­der and lung can­cer has ben­e­fited some pa­tients with head and neck can­cer.

A study into the ef­fect of pem­brolizumab found 36 pa­tients given the im­munother­apy drug saw their tu­mours par­tially or com­pletely dis­ap­pear.

The trial in­cluded pa­tients from the West­ern Gen­eral hos­pi­tal in Ed­in­burgh.

It has been re­ported that some pa­tients are still can­cer-free three years af­ter first re­ceiv­ing the drug.

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