Cancer drug combination ‘shrinks 60% of melanomas’


Melanoma, the most serious form of skin cancer, kills more than 2,000 people a year in Britain

Melanoma, the most serious form of skin cancer, kills more than 2,000 people a year in Britain

A pair of cancer drugs can shrink tumours in nearly 60% of people with advanced melanoma, a new trial has suggested.

An international trial on 945 patients found treatment with ipilimumab and nivolumab stopped the cancer advancing for nearly a year in 58% of cases.

UK doctors presented the data at the American Society of Clinical Oncology.

A new combination therapy for skin cancer, which scientists say could pave the way for once in a generation change in the way we treat all sorts of cancers.

Cancer Research UK said the drugs deliver a “powerful punch” against one of the most aggressive forms of cancer.

Melanoma, the most serious form of skin cancer, is the sixth most common cancer in the UK – it kills more than 2,000 people in Britain each year.
Defensive boost

Harnessing the immune system is a rapidly developing field in cancer research.

The immune system is a powerful defence against infection. However, there are many “brakes” built-in to stop the system attacking our own tissues.

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