26 Nov '11, 7am

New pill available for advanced lung cancer patients: SINGAPORE - Lung cancer patients in Singapore can now opt

New pill available for advanced lung cancer patients: SINGAPORE - Lung cancer patients in Singapore can now opt

SINGAPORE - Lung cancer patients in Singapore can now opt for a new type of first line treatment in the form of an oral pill, which doctors say is superior to standard chemotherapy treatment. The pill gefitnib, also known by its trade name IRESSA, provides a genetically targeted treatment which has proven effective against advanced lung cancer cases with EGFR mutation. The EGFR gene mutation is estimated to be present in 40 per cent of lung cancer patients here, and is more common in Asian patients, non-smokers and women. The pill, taken once a day, blocks the signaling of a mutated gene, which is the cause of unregulated cell growth leading to cancer tumours. Compared to chemotherapy, which is a toxic drug cocktail that kills cancer cells, patients taking IRESSA are spared the toxicity and hence the side effects commonly associated with chemotherapy, said Dr Daniel Tan, m...

Full article: http://www.asiaone.com/Health/News/Story/A1Story20111125-...

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