[MOL] ALERT TO ALL COLON CANCER WITH METS TO LIVER! PRAY THIS HELPS YOU [00792] Medicine On Line


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[MOL] ALERT TO ALL COLON CANCER WITH METS TO LIVER! PRAY THIS HELPS YOU!



      Patients whose colon cancer has spread to their livers may stand a better chance of survival with a new treatment.
       The new treatment combines standard chemotherapy with the drugs floxuridine and dexamethasone, which are pumped directly into the liver. Researchers from Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York City compared this combination treatment to standard chemotherapy in 156 colon cancer patients whose disease had spread to the liver. All patients had undergone surgery to remove tumors in the liver before beginning the experimental treatments.
      Researchers found 86 percent of the patients taking the combination therapy survived longer than two years; only 72 percent of the standard chemotherapy group survived over two years. Ninety percent of the patients on the combination treatment showed no recurrence of colon cancer in the liver after two years, compared to 60 percent in the standard group.
      Lead researcher Dr. Nancy Kemeny called the results "impressive," adding that the combined therapies provides a more effective way to treat colorectal cancer patients who disease has spread to the liver. The study is published in the Dec. 30 issue of The New England Journal of Medicine.

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