Extraordinary new drugs have cleared tumours that have spread throughout lung cancer patients’ whole bodies, scientists say.
Some are even talking of the new immunotherapy drugs effectively curing patients of the disease, which has a grim survival record.
After lung cancer has spread to other organs – and by the time it’s spotted, it usually has – most patients die within months.
Of all cancers it is by far the biggest killer in Britain, claiming 35,000 lives a year, more than bowel and breast cancer combined.
But now scientists are reporting incredible success treating advanced lung cancer with drugs such as nivolumab.
Next week ‘stellar’ trial results for the antibody drug will be presented at the world’s biggest cancer conference, for the American Society of Clinical Oncology, in Chicago.
Doctors will reveal that a quarter of 129 US patients with advanced lung cancer have survived at least two years after starting nivolumab.
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