Navigation Links
A Fresh Alternative to Painful Chemotherapy Developed in UK

Chemotherapy is a standard regimen in most cancer treatments. Since it is a very painful process, continuous attempts are made to replace it with something more comfortable for the patient.

Now researchers say that LHRH agonists like the drug Zoladex switch off the ovary and stop the production of a female hormone that encourages some tumours to grow.

An agonist achieves a normal action, often mimicking the action of a naturally occurring substance.

Luteinizing hormone-releasing hormone is a naturally occurring hormone that controls sex hormones in both men and women. Thus, an LHRH agonist serves in a manner similar to LHRH to control the same sex hormones.

Four London centres found that even when used alone, the chemical worked as well as conventional chemotherapy in some cases, the Lancet journal said.

Breast cancer charities say that younger women might benefit the most.

Many types of breast cancer are sensitive to hormones produced naturally by a woman, including the sex hormone oestrogen, and can grow faster if a woman is producing them. The London researchers, from the Cancer Research UK Centre for Epidemiology, the Wolfson Institute for Preventive Medicine, and Queen Mary's School of Medicine and Dentistry, combined the results of 16 other research projects into LHRH agonists and breast cancer.

When all the different results are added together, the overall findings offer a more reliable indicator as to how well the treatment works.

They found that pre-menopausal women given LHRH agonists did as well as those given standard chemotherapy.

When the two treatments were given together, the women did even better - with cancer 13% less likely to come back.

As expected, LHRH agonists were effective only where a tumour was proven to be sensitive to oestrogen.

The study authors said that the results proved th at this was an additional, effective class of drugs in the fight against breast cancer.

Dr Sarah Cant, from Breakthrough Breast Cancer, said that additional research was now needed to see how the drug worked with the most up-to-date types of cancer chemotherapy.

Maria Leadbeater, Clinical Nurse Specialist at Breast Cancer Care, said that the drugs would be particularly useful to younger patients who faced losing their fertility with conventional chemotherapy.


'"/>




Related medicine news :

1. Fresh approach to TB treatment
2. Fresh warnings to doctors regarding abortion pill
3. Fresh Cases of Bird-Flu Prepares the Ground for More Chicken Martyrs
4. Fresh Bird Flu Cases Spotted In Southern Russia
5. Pakistan Scared By Fresh Bird Flu Case
6. Fresh Polio Cases Reported In Uttar Pradesh
7. Nothing Can Equate Fresh Vegetables and Fruits
8. Fresh Outbreak Of Bird Flu In Nigeria
9. Foreign Fresher Students Offered Scholarship By Fudan
10. Fresh bird flu vaccines made in China
11. Freshness Dating? Researchers Express Doubts
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:


(Date:6/24/2016)... ... June 24, 2016 , ... The ... in Dallas that it will receive two significant new grants to support its ... PHA marked its 25th anniversary by recognizing patients, medical professionals and scientists for ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... ... ... People across the U.S. are sharpening their pencils and honing their writing ... which patients and their families pay tribute to a genetic counselor by nominating him ... Genetic Counselors (NSGC) Annual Education Conference (AEC) this September. , In April, Genome ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... ... June 24, 2016 , ... National recruitment firm ... sciences executive with extensive sequencing and genomics experience, as Vice President of North American ... Hill will be responsible for leading the sales team in the commercialization of the ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... ... June 24, 2016 , ... To succeed under value-based payments, ... are unsure how to move forward, given the need to sustain current operations. ... tailored to an organization’s specific needs. , PYA Principal Martie Ross states, “Healthcare ...
(Date:6/23/2016)... ... June 23, 2016 , ... Terumo BCT, ... organization responsible for clinical transfusion research programs and for the blood supply in ... Evaluation and Predictive Analytical Rating Score (PREPAReS) study. , Currently in its ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:6/24/2016)... Calif. , June 24, 2016  American Respiratory Labs (ARL), ... is now able to perform sophisticated lung assessments in patients, homes, ... , Inc. Patients are no longer limited to ... EasyOne PRO ® , ARL patients like Jeanne R. of ... in the comfort of her own home. ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... , June 24, 2016   Pulmatrix, Inc ... company developing innovative inhaled drugs, announced today that it ... Russell Investments reconstituted its comprehensive set of U.S. ... "This is an important milestone for Pulmatrix," said ... increase shareholder awareness of our progress in developing drugs ...
(Date:6/23/2016)... 2016  MedSource announced today that it has ... solution of choice.  This latest decision demonstrates MedSource,s ... their clients by offering a state-of-the-art electronic data ... nowEDC as the EDC platform of choice in ... "nowEDC has long been a preferred EDC platform ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: