Skin cancer drug hailed as 'cure'

Skin cancer sufferers could be cured of the disease with new breakthrough drugs, experts claimed, as they hailed the "beginning of a new era".

Professor: Drugs turn body against skin cancer tumour

Professor Peter Johnson, chief clinician at Cancer Research UK, said new drugs were offering "the beginning of a new era of cancer treatments using the immune system".

He said: "These drugs that can turn the body's own defences against a tumour are starting to show real promise for melanoma and other types of cancer.

Drugs turn the body's own defences against a tumour. Credit: Tobias Hase/DPA/Press Association Images

"It's only through research that we can gain the insights needed to develop new treatments for cancer patients."

The new cure contains two types of drug - ipilimumab (known as ipi) and anti-PD1s which break down the defences of cancer cells and are still in clinical trials.

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New breakthrough drugs promise skin cancer 'cure'

Skin cancer sufferers could be cured of the disease with new breakthrough drugs, experts claimed, as they hailed the "beginning of a new era".

Sunbathers soak up the sun. Credit: Chris Radburn/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Seriously ill patients are said to have seen "spectacular effects" after receiving the medication which could eventually be used to combat other forms of the condition. It is the first time scientists have come this close to providing a remedy for advanced melanoma.

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