freephone 0800 862 0373
Sign in to view your quotes
Email address:
Password or PIN:

Forgotten your password? Reset it here.

Skin cancer cream successfully trialled in Italy

Published on 06/01/2012

A cream that can cure patients from skin cancer without surgery has been successfully trialled in Italy, and could be available in the UK within two years.

The new cream is made up of rhenium-188, a previously rare and expensive radioactive isotope. The radioactive paste is applied to the tumour area via a piece of surgical foil, and is removed a few hours later.

Because the radiation encourages new skin to regrow the cream does not leave a scar, and the treatment causes no pain and minimal side effects.

Italian researchers tested the cream on 700 patients suffering from basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma.

In the trial 85 per cent of patients were cured after one treatment, and up to 95 per cent were cured after three treatments.

Whilst the cream is not suitable for use on malignant melanoma, it has proved successful on deep tumours that cannot be removed by surgery or by ‘freezing’.

These deep tumours are usually treated with radiotherapy with a 95 per cent success rate, but radiotherapy causes serious side effects and often involves up to ten sessions in hospital.

Oliver Buck, chief executive of the German technology firm ITM which developed the therapy, said: ‘This means that patients with large and difficult-to-treat tumours not only have hope but keep their quality of life under what would otherwise be dire conditions.'

‘These people sometimes have to go through horrible surgery which removes part of their face. By contrast this treatment is generally done in a single non-invasive session.’

Trials of the new cream are now being held in Germany and Australia. Researchers hope that the treatment could be licensed in the UK within two years.

Patients with private medical insurance often have access to new drugs and treatments not available on the NHS. Compare health insurance online now to ensure that you are eligible for revolutionary treatment in the future.

© ActiveQuote Ltd. 2012

Categories:  Medical
Skin cancer cream successfully trialled in ItalyA cream that can cure patients from skin cancer without surgery has been successfully trialled in Italy, and could be available in the UK wi    tweet it on twittershare with your friends on Facebookshare with your friends on MySpaceBlog it on your LinkedIn profile

No.1 health insurance broker as rated by customers

Very helpful and polite and always try their best to obtain the best quotes. Have been using them for the last 3 years and will continue to use them in the future.

Review centre member

A great service from the initial call, to finalising the agreement. I would highly recommend to my family and friends.

Review centre member

Proactive, efficient, and offered me insurance I need. I would say half price I would end up paying if I did it by myself. Many thanks.

Review centre member

Excellent service. Explained everything in detail and really helped to find the right insurance best suited to my needs - which wasn't necessarily the most expensive. 

Review centre member

Good value and the advisor was very helpful and recommended the best policy for my grandson. I would definitely use this service again and recommend to others.

Review centre member

We were contacted in good time to make a knowledgable choice. We were given plenty of options with lots of information to enable us to make the right choice.

Review centre member

The service I received was excellent, the staff member was very efficient and knowledgable. She went out of her way to get the best policy for me.

Review centre member

Great service. I really appreciated the help provided by Active Quote to arrange health insurance. The agent was very informative and proactive. Many thanks!

Review centre member

I received excellent care and attention from the first phone call till the last. Friendly, efficient and patient.

Review centre member

Staff are very helpful, friendly and polite. They call back when they say they will and keep you up to date with progress. Pleasure to deal with.

Review centre member
This site is operated by Insurance Broker ActiveQuote Ltd registered in England & Wales company number 6765845.
Authorised and Regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA). Firm reference number 501109 as detailed on the Financial Services Register. Please read our Key Facts document.
For information about your rights as a consumer visit Citizens Advice.

Our insurance comparison service is free and easy for you to use, but you are responsible for making sure all your information is entered correctly, and for choosing your insurer.

This site uses cookies in order to work correctly - these are not harmful and do not contain personal information. By using this site you consent to this. I understand  Tell me more

please wait ...