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Cancer drug could treat eye disorder, says study

Published on 15/06/2010
A commonly used cancer drug could be used to treat a condition that leads to sight loss, a new study suggests.

UK researchers found that Avastin, a low-cost drug given to bowel cancer sufferers, is effective in treating wet age-related macular degeneration (AMD) - the leading cause of sight loss in patients over the age of 50 in Europe and North America.

AMD comes in 'wet' and 'dry' form, with the former being the more severe and faster acting of the two.

Researchers treated 131 patients aged at least 50 years old and suffering from wet AMD with either Avastin or the standard treatment currently used by the NHS.

They measured their sight at the start of the study and again after 54 weeks and found Avastin to be considerably more effective.

The new drug Lucentis, which is also used to treat the condition, was not included in the study as it was not licensed for use when the research began, but clinical trials comparing the use of Avastin and Lucentis are expected to report results in the next two years.

Although AMD is mostly related to age, previous studies have suggested factors such as smoking, sunlight exposure and nutrition could play a role in its development.
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