21 Feb '12, 9pm

New chemotherapy drug for prostate cancer available here

SINGAPORE - A new chemotherapy drug for men suffering from advanced prostate cancer is now available in Singapore. The drug, Jevtana, is the first and only approved second-line therapy in Singapore that extends the survival of patients. Clinical tests conducted across 23 countries showed the drug, administered via an injection, extended a patient's survival by some two-and-a-half months compared to other treatments available. Tests also show a "significant improvement" in the quality of life of these patients, said Dr Amit Bahl, clinical director and research lead from University Hospitals Bristol, UK's Bristol Haemotology & Oncology Centre. He added there was "doubling in the pain control that they got from this chemotherapy, compared to pain control prior to the chemotherapy". The side effects from the drug include low blood cell count and diarrhoea. They can be managed ...

Full article: http://www.todayonline.com/Singapore/EDC120222-0000035/Ne...

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