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Promising Cervical Cancer Trial Shows 35% Decrease in Death Rate with Simple Intervention



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  • British cervical cancer trial sees a remarkable 35% reduction in mortality rate.
  • Combination of chemotherapy drug and radiation therapy shows promising results.
  • New standard of treatment established for aggressive prostate cancer.

In a groundbreaking trial, researchers in the UK have discovered that a simple intervention can significantly increase survival rates for cervical cancer patients.

The trial, funded by Cancer Research UK and presented at the ESMO medical conference in Madrid, revealed a remarkable 35% reduction in the mortality rate. This finding has been hailed as a remarkable breakthrough in the fight against cervical cancer.

Cervical cancer, though not as prevalent as breast cancer, still affects thousands of women each year in the US. According to estimates from the American Cancer Society, around 14,000 cases will be diagnosed this year.

The trial involved 500 female patients between the ages of 26 and 72, who were divided into two groups. One group received chemoradiation therapy alone, while the other group received induction chemotherapy with a combination of carboplatin and paclitaxel, followed by the same chemoradiation therapy in week 7.

“Timing is everything when you’re treating cancer,” says Dr. Iain Foulkes from Cancer Research UK.

“Not only can additional rounds of chemotherapy reduce the chances of cancer coming back, but it can also be delivered quickly using drugs already available worldwide.”

At the end of the 5-year follow-up, 80% of the women who received the combination chemo-drug/radiotherapy were still alive, and in 73% of them, the cancer had not returned.


This groundbreaking trial has led to the conclusion that this combination of drugs and chemoradiation therapy should become the new standard of treatment for cervical cancer.

Another exciting development in cancer treatment comes from a phase III clinical trial conducted at Cedars-Sinai. The trial focused on aggressive prostate cancer and showed promising results.

Dr. Mary McCormack, the lead investigator of the trial from University College London Cancer Institute, stated that this was the biggest improvement in survival and remission outcomes for this disease seen in the 21st century.

“The important thing here is that if patients are alive and well, without the cancer recurring at five years, then they are very likely to be cured. That’s what makes this very exciting,” says McCormack.

These advancements in cancer treatment bring hope to patients and their families. They represent significant progress in the fight against these diseases and offer a brighter future for those affected.

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