Doctors Hail ‘Spectacular’ Cancer Breakthrough

The results of new cancer drugs trials have been hailed as spectacular, with one expert claiming the potential for a cure for the disease is “definitely there”.

Immunotherapy, which uses the body’s immune system to attack cancerous cells, proved so effective that in one British-led trial, more than half of patients with advanced melanoma saw tumours shrink or brought under control, according to researchers.

The trials, a number of which have been presented at the American Society of Clinical Oncology’s annual conference in Chicago, could herald a “new era” for cancer treatments.

Source: Doctors Hail ‘Spectacular’ Cancer Breakthrough

Hold your breath for the cost.  Only one of the medications had a price stated in the video – the other I expect is being priced in the wake of new popularity.  I understand that there’s a lot of money going into researching medications – lots aren’t used for their original intention.  And melanoma is not the most common skin cancer, and five year survival rates are very high…

The second part to the news about the medication is the medication does not cure the cancer.  Someone could be on the medication for the rest of their life…

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To Treat Cancer, Doctors Will Grow Miniature Organs from Your Tumors

Organoids are exactly what they sound like: simplified miniature organs. And now geneticists are growing them out of living cancer cells, creating tiny, living cancer tumors for study. It sounds terrifying, but it’s actually one possible way we’ll get personalized medicine to treat many kinds of cancer.

Source: To Treat Cancer, Doctors Will Grow Miniature Organs from Your Tumors

This is very exciting stuff, but may never be used for it intended purpose. There’s the possibility that cancer will be treated differently and more meaningfully without the need for this technology.  For example, organoids can be a key aspect on generating new drugs.