Phenomenal Breakthrough: Scientists Discover New Drug That Fights Blood Cancer Without Toxic Side Effects Caused By Existing Medications
9Some side effects but still a success
The only side effects that were reported in some were fatigue, headache, high blood pressure, low platelet count and joint pain. Five patients of the 150 acquired pancreatitis but in spite of these side effects, the researchers said it was a huge success.
Professor Hughes said “This trial showed asciminib is highly effective, even in patients who’d failed to respond to several other TKIs.’ Equally as important, it’s well tolerated by patients and appears to have significantly less long-term ill-effects compared to current treatments.’
10Existing medication destroy healthy cells
Existing medications work by blocking the proteins that help cancer cells to multiply. By blocking them over long periods, they keep the cancer cells under control and contain its spread. However the only problem is that in doing so, they also block proteins responsible for normal function which damages and destroys healthy cells preventing the body to function normally. The research found that asciminib only targeted leukemia proteins and not healthy ones which is a huge factor for cancer treatment and the big breakthrough.
11Hope for the future of cancer treatment
Patients afflicted with CML usually live out their lives trying to control the disease instead of trying to cure it completely. In the UK almost 6000 people were living with the disease in 2010 according to figures by the cancer Research UK. While survival rates are good with a number of patients living for 5years or more after diagnosis, there is yet to be an effective cure for the diseases with side risks. The new drug is a beacon of hope for all those suffering the condition that will now not just improve the quality of life but prolong it too.