• Short Summary

    BRITISH DOCTORS HAVE WARNED AGAINST TOO MUCH EXCITEMENT OVER THEIR REPORTED DISCOVERY OF A NEW ANTI-CANCER DRUG.

  • Description

    BRITISH DOCTORS HAVE WARNED AGAINST TOO MUCH EXCITEMENT OVER THEIR REPORTED DISCOVERY OF A NEW ANTI-CANCER DRUG. EARLIER THIS WEEK THE DOCTORS REPORTED PARTIAL SUCCESS IN THEIR TREATMENT OF AN 11 YEAR-OLD BOY SUFFERING FROM THE KILLER DISEASE.

    THE NEW DRUGS ICRF 154 AND ICRF 159 WERE USED ON THE BOY, WHO WAS IN THE LAST STAGES OF LYMPHOSARCOMA LAST NOVEMBER. AFTER A COURSE ON THE DRUG ICRF 159, THE BOY RETURNED TO SCHOOL ALTHOUGH HE STILL HAS TRACES OF LEUKAEMIA IN HIS BONE MARROW.

    THE NEW COMPOUNDS ARE THE RESULT OF SEVERAL YEARS WORK IN THE LABORATORIES OF THE IMPERIAL CANCER RESEARCH FUND.

    FIRST, DR CREIGHTON IN THE DEPARTMENT OF CHEMISTRY SYNTHESIZED A SERIES OF NEW COMPOUNDS WHICH WERE DESIGNED TO ACT IN A DIFFERENT WAY TO EXISTING ANTI-TUMOUR DRUGS.

    THESE WERE THEN TESTED IN THE DEPARTMENT OF CANCER CHEMOTHERAPY BY DR. HELLMAN AND MRS SUSAN WHITECROSS.

    WHEN TESTED ON PATIENTS THE ICRF 159 COMPOUNDS PRODUCED, A TEMPORARY IMPROVEMENT IN A SMALL PROPORTION OF PATIENTS, WHO NO LONGER RESPONDED TO EXISTING DRUG THERAPY.

    THE AVAILABLE SUPPLY OF THE DRUG HAS NOW BEEN EXHAUSTED AFTER THESE PRELIMINARY TRIALS AND IT IS NOT NOW AVAILABLE.

    A PRESS RELEASE FROM THE IMPERIAL CANCER RESEARCH FUND HAS ALSO POINTED OUT THAT, LIKE OTHER ANTI-CANCER AGENTS, THE NEW DRUG HAS CERTAIN HARMFUL EFFECTS.

    ACCORDING TO THE PRESS RELEASE IT IS MUCH TOO EARLY TO SAY IF THE DRUG COULD BE REGULARLY USED TO TREAT LEUKAEMIA OR OTHER FORMS OF CANCER.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVADHF1AHP44QFU1EWODH6948IZB
    Media URN:
    VLVADHF1AHP44QFU1EWODH6948IZB
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    28/03/1969
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:33:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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