- Medics are developing new ways to tackle cancer to avoid chemotherapy
- Existing treatments have cruel side effects which impair a patient’s life
- A new generation of cancer drugs could be available on the NHS within 10 years
- Not all cancer will be cured by patients could see their lives extended
A treatment revolution that could reduce cancer from a killer disease to a chronic condition is announced by British scientists today.
They will develop new drugs under a £75million programme that is the ‘best chance yet’ of beating the illness.
Instead of ‘shock and awe’ chemotherapy, with its cruel side effects, they will target ways of stopping cancer cells resisting treatment. In combination with existing medication, tumours will either be beaten completely or their growth limited to allow patients to live much longer.
CANCER could be “cured” within a decade, top UK scientists claim.
They say new drugs will keep tumours in check and stop them being fatal.
Prof Paul Workman, of London’s Institute of Cancer Research, said its world-leading work would “make cancer a manageable disease”.
Patients would take a combination of pills to stop the disease killing them, scientists say.
Cancer is so lethal because it adapts and stops responding to drugs — so tumours grow, spread and become incurable.