New Drug Shows Promise In Treating Melanoma

Dr. Kevin Kim says vemurafenib showed a high percentage of tumor shrinkage.
1:21 | 02/22/12

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It's a patient with him a testament and the -- has poor prognosis. The selling was critical studies. -- median survival is between seventeen and nine months. I with the most conventional chemotherapy is so we know that this -- very of that disease. And scientists have found out -- approximately fifty personnel from an enormous contain. Mutation in -- -- called the Iraq. And this -- is important in cell growth. In an enormous. The drug called -- hereafter. It blocks their signal pathways. Initiative by -- reputation. And laboratory studies have shown that -- -- him. -- blocks tumor growth and the regressive -- response rates which means to -- the chance -- great to a reduction. Happens approximately fifty person of the patience. So compared true event the -- -- in standard chemotherapy which is -- prosperity. Five to 10% response rate. I -- the response there was much more improved to defend their off. And -- pony -- viable -- improved as well. So have these treatments can answer or contribute but say that treatment can have very high percentage. He tumor shrinkage compared to conventional treatment.

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