Drug Shows Hope for Advanced Skin Cancer
By Jess Kilby,  Newser User
Posted Jun 1, 2009 10:56 PM CDT
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(Newser) – More promising news has emerged from this weekend’s international cancer conference in Florida: Researchers unveiled a drug that shows early promise in fighting the most deadly form of skin cancer. The experimental PLX4032 targets tumor cells that carry a mutation found in 60% of malignant melanomas, and in the 16 patients treated more than half saw their cancer reduced by at least 30%, the BBC reports.