A 'Sci-Fi' Cancer Therapy Fights Brain Tumors

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A 'Sci-Fi' Cancer Therapy Fights Brain Tumors
« on: April 10, 2017, 01:10:00 PM »
It sounds like science fiction, but a cap-like device that makes electric fields to fight cancer improved survival for the first time in more than a decade for people with deadly brain tumors, final results of a large study suggest.
Many doctors are skeptical of the therapy, called tumor treating fields, and it's not a cure. It's also ultra-expensive -- $21,000 a month.

But in the study, more than twice as many patients were alive five years after getting it, plus the usual chemotherapy, than those given just the chemo -- 13 percent versus 5 percent.

"It's out of the box" in terms of how cancer is usually treated, and many doctors don't understand it or think it can help, said Dr. Roger Stupp, a brain tumor expert at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago.

He led the company-sponsored study while previously at University Hospital Zurich in Switzerland, and gave results Sunday at an American Association for Cancer Research meeting in Washington.

"You cannot argue with them -- they're great results," and unlikely to be due to a placebo effect, said one independent expert, Dr. Antonio Chiocca, neurosurgery chief at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston.

Dr. George Demetri of the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston and a board member of the association hosting the conference, agreed but called the benefit modest, because most patients still die within five years. "It is such a horrible disease" that any progress is important, he added.
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Re: A 'Sci-Fi' Cancer Therapy Fights Brain Tumors
« Reply #1 on: May 06, 2017, 05:17:35 PM »
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Re: A 'Sci-Fi' Cancer Therapy Fights Brain Tumors
« Reply #2 on: May 30, 2017, 01:41:16 PM »
Nice sharing :)
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Re: A 'Sci-Fi' Cancer Therapy Fights Brain Tumors
« Reply #3 on: July 17, 2017, 12:42:35 PM »
welcome
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