Tagged: lung cancer treatment

A new way to cure cancer

Working with Pfizer, the University of Colorado Hospital Cancer Center has cleared clinical trials on the drug Crizotinib, which has proven to stop certain lung cancers in their tracks, returning patients to normal life within days of beginning treatment.

UCH tests the patients’ tumors genetically to see which drug is most likely to perform best, and then proceeds with administering the correct drug. Unlike chemotherapy, which broadly treats cancers, causing lots of terrible side effects, Crizotinib and other targeted drug therapies don’t make the patient sick, and results are nearly immediate.

Patient Andy Bonnett commented “I almost forget that I have cancer,” after recently taking a bike ride. Bonnett also surfs, skis and snowboards, and mountain hikes. It is quite a contrast to his time with chemotherapy, languishing and suffering in a darkened room, confined to his bed.