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Life extending cancer drug Abiraterone keeps bomber alive

Published on 19/08/2011
Cancer drug Abiraterone has been keeping aeroplane bomber Abdel Basset Al-Megrahi alive for two years longer than predicted.

He was released on compassionate leave from prison after being told that he had just three months to live. A medic in Tripoli confirmed he has been receiving the drug Abiraterone.

Consultant urologist Professor Roger Kirby said: "He has long outlived the speculative three-month prognosis, and it appears he may continue to do so for a while yet. I strongly suspect that this drug has been central to that."

Abiraterone is an expensive hormone-based therapy drug. US trials discovered that it added two to five months to the lifespan of late-stage cancer patients, and another study showed in shrank the tumours of 80% of patients.

Professor Kirby, founder and director of The Prostate Centre in London, said: “Abiraterone can provide a vital lifeline to men by shrinking tumours and improving the cancer symptoms.”

The drug has been developed at the Institute of Cancer Research in London and tested at the Royal Marsden Hospital in London. Although it was approved by the US Food and Drug administration in April, it has not been approved for use on the NHS.

The drug is set for review by the European Commission, and is currently marketed under the name Zytiga in the US. But, at £3,000, it may be too expensive for use on the National Health Service.

Private medical cover holders can sometimes have access to expensive drugs that are not available on the NHS, so compare health insurance policies online with ActiveQuote now.
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