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Groundbreaking cancer treatment kills tumours in two days

Published on 01/09/2011

A ground-breaking treatment trialled by Cancer Research gives hope to private medical cover holders suffering from cancer.

Brian Brooks was given just twelve months to live after being told that his bowel cancer had spread to his liver.

He decided to take part in the Foxfire trial which is testing radioembolisation as a breakthrough therapy. Within just two days of the treatment his malignant tumours had been killed and he is now in remission.

Radioembolisation treatment consists of high doses of radiation therapy being delivered to the tumour by injecting minute radioactive glass beads into the blood stream.

800 people worldwide are taking part in the Foxfire trial, which was launched 18 months ago. Official results are yet to be released, but it is hoped that radioembolisation will be a successful method of liver cancer treatment.

The Director of Clinical Trials for Cancer Research UK, Kate Law, commented: “Without clinical trials like Foxfire, we wouldn't be able to improve techniques for cancer that are hard to treat.

“It's a promising trial and we look forward to following its progress and seeing the results.”

Private medical cover holders often have access to cutting edge drugs and treatment not available on the NHS. Compare health insurance policies online with ActiveQuote now to make sure you are covered in the future.

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