Study Says Chemo May Lengthen Patients’ Lives
The National Institutes for Health has recently published an article regarding chemotherapy. It has been discovered that adding such treatment to radiation treatment can actually prolong the lives of individuals for those who have certain slow-growing brain tumors. The study is a long-term follow-up of patients who participated in a trial back 1998.
This article was published on their website:
WEDNESDAY, April 6, 2016 (HealthDay News) — Adding chemotherapy to radiation treatment may add years to the lives of people with certain slow-growing brain tumors, a new study finds.
The findings come from a long-term follow-up of patients who took part in a trial that began in 1998.
All were treated for grade 2 gliomas — tumors that begin in brain cells called glial cells and are relatively slow-growing.
Earlier results from the trial had shown that adding chemotherapy to the standard treatment of radiation — with or without surgery — can help keep tumors from progressing.
Now there’s proof that it prolongs people’s lives, too.
“Until now, there hasn’t been any therapy known to improve life expectancy for these patients,” said lead researcher Dr. Jan Buckner. He is the chair of oncology at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn.
Read full article at https://www.nlm.nih.gov.