Menu & Search
           1904556600
Speak to our friendly team
Contact Us Now

A new study has shown a drug called berzosertib stopped tumour growth in patients with very advanced tumours. The drug was even more effective when administered alongside chemotherapy.

The drug works by blocking the protein involved in DNA repair. It is the first of a new family of “precision-medicine” treatments which work in this way.

Berzosertib works by preventing cancer cells from repairing damage to their cells. This is why it is so effective alongside chemotherapy, which works by damaging cancer’s DNA.

The study – which was only designed to test the safety of the drug – involved patients with very advanced tumours. The Institute of Cancer Research said there were however indications that the treatment was effective at stopping tumour growth.

Prof Chris Lord, a professor of cancer genomics at the Institute of Cancer Research, said it was unusual to see a clinical response at this stage of testing and described the results as “very promising”.

It’s right to remain cautious; the study only involved a small number of patients and further trials will be needed to confirm the treatment’s effectiveness. Nevertheless, the fact that tumours disappeared for one patient with advanced bowel cancer, is cause for optimism. Particularly since he has remained cancer-free for two years afterwards.

Traditional treatments target by tumour site, but Berzosertib targets genetic abnormality wherever it is in the body. It also only targets the tumorous cells.

If the drug continues to perform well in future tests, it is hoped that it can be developed into a targeted treatment for cancer patients.

Start Your Claim Today1904556600
Tell us about your case

Just send us a little bit about yourself and your claim and we will respond within 24 hours.

Get In Touch
Latest News

Covid-Friendly Cancer Treatment

NHS England appears to be responding to the growing concerns over delays to cancer treatment during the coronavirus pandemic. NHS England are investing £160m […]

Read More

Welsh Government Accused of Neglecting Patients

The Welsh Conservatives have accused the Labour-led Welsh government of neglecting patients. This comes after a Freedom of Information request reveals that more than […]

Read More

Negligent Approach to Social Care in the Pandemic

A report has accused government of a “slow, inconsistent, and at times negligent approach” to social care in the COVID-19 pandemic. The Public Accounts […]

Read More

Take a look back through our complete news archive

Follow us on Twitter

Robyn Hawxby, Partner at Pryers, is "adept at advising claimants on birth and brain injury cases, including cerebral palsy claims. She has a strong knowledge of issues regarding failure to diagnose and negligent care", as described in @ChambersGuides

The Highway Code is being updated to provide more protection to vulnerable road users.

https://www.pryers.co.uk/review-of-the-highway-code-to-improve-safety-how-you-can-respond/

Load More...