Early research suggests new treatment combining chemotherapy and a boost to the immune system could destroy advanced prostate cancer
A therapy dubbed ‘chemoimmunotherapy’, which combines chemotherapy with a boost to the immune system could wipe out prostate cancer, according to researchers at the University of California, San Diego.
Scientists at the university have called for clinical testing after the treatment ‘almost completely destroyed’ human disease tumours in mice.
It is thought the treatment, which uniquely activates cancer-killing immune cells, could prove particularly successful in prostate cancer patients, due to the cancer’s immunosuppressive ‘B-cells’ which can prevent conventional therapies, such as chemotherapy, from working effectively.
Prostate cancer affects around 41,000 men in the UK every year, and around 11,000 men with prostate cancer die every year.
Madeleine Pinschof a senior clinical negligence solicitor based in Thompsons Solicitors’ Bristol office, said: “Although this treatment may be in the early stages of research, these latest findings offer hope that treatment for prostate cancer will improve in years to come.
“However, while we await advancements in revolutionary treatments for cancer, it is essential that NHS staff are properly supported to ensure cancer patients are being diagnosed at the earliest opportunity and can begin treatment straight away.
“Any delay in diagnosis of cancer can have a devastating effect on the prognosis of a patient. Sufficient support and funding for diagnostics services and staff must be an absolute priority for the next government, something that has been distinctly lacking over the last five years.”
Concerned about negligent medical treatment or diagnoses? Talk to us for advice and support today.
Our discreet and compassionate medical negligence solicitors are experienced in the full range of medical injury claims and will work with you to establish whether you have a medical negligence compensation claim.
If you, or a loved one, think you have suffered medical negligence, such as a birth injury (for example, a cerebral palsy diagnosis following a difficult birth), misdiagnosis (such as cancer misdiagnosis), or suffered negligence during an operation contact us for advice.
If the incident happened more than three years ago, you will usually not be able to make a claim for compensation. However, exceptions do apply – such as instances where you could not have reasonably known your symptoms were caused by clinical negligence, or cases involves adults who lack legal capacity or children – so contact us for advice.
For further information, visit our How to Make A Compensation Claim page.