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Pill Delivers Prostate Cancer Breakthrough

Daily pill shrinks advanced tumors
By Peter Fearon,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 22, 2008 2:07 AM CDT
Pill Delivers Prostate Cancer Breakthrough
An MRI Image shows suspected prostate cancer, later conformed by biopsy. A new drug has proved effective in shrinking advanced prostate cancer tumors.    (AP Photo)

(Newser) – A new experimental pill taken once a day is proving effective against an advanced, aggressive form of prostate cancer which has resisted other therapies, reports Reuters. The drug, abiraterone, created by Cougar Biotechnology, significantly shrank tumors in a clinical trial, according to a study in the Journal of Clinical Oncology. It could be available by 2011. Prostate cancer is the second-leading cancer killer of men after lung cancer.

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"This drug prevents the cancer from making its own hormones that allow the cancer cells to survive," said the lead researcher. "We believe this drug will make a difference." (Read more Cougar Biotechnology stories.)

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