Study Melanoma Drug Helps Shrink Tumor Increase Life

08.26.10 | FL News Team

A breakthrough drug for melanoma, not only shrinks the tumor, but it could increase life expectancy.  A small study showed the drug doesn't cure the cancer.  However it helped around 50-percent of melanoma patients whose tumors had a mutation in a key gene.  Among those it helped, 81-percent saw their tumors shrink.  It also helped keep the cancer in check on average for seven months.  One of the study's co-authors says no other drug has helped this high number of patients.  Researchers did find the drug does have some side effects.  The study was published in the "New England Journal of Medicine."