New hope to fight cancer
BIRMINGHAM - AL —
Is it possible there is another cancer drug that offers to beat back cancer without the side effects of chemo?
That was the news today.
I applaud cancer researchers for their work.
Pfizer's new drug called Xalkori, has just been approved.
It's the first new medicine in several years for deadly lung cancer.
It deals with a gene variant.
Xalkori is approved for the roughly 4 percent of patients with
non-small cell lung cancer who have what's called the ALK fusion
That's about 6,000 Americans a year, but most patients
tested had tumors shrink or disappear for months, without the nasty
side effects of chemotherapy.
There is hope,