Cancer Treatment Trial Hailed As 'Breakthrough'

A first-of-its-kind cancer breakthrough announced this week.12 patients who received an experimental immunotherapy treatment, all saw their cancer disappear, according to a report released by The New England Journal of Medicine.Every single patient that received this drug had a complete response, meaning the tumor completely disappeared with the drug alone. So, that’s what’s most remarkable, is the fact that although it’s small, it’s every single person — you know, in a row, consecutively — that’s getting the same response, said Dr. Andrea Cercek, Medical Oncologist at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer CenterAll of the participants have now been cancer-free for anywhere from six to 25 months, and to help us understand how this treatment works, Dr. Cathy Eng, Professor and Cancer Researcher at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, talks to Newsy.


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