New England Journal of Medicine

New Skin Cancer Treatment Made This Woman's Tumor 'Disappear' In 3 Weeks


During a research trial hoping to see the positive effects of combining multiple drugs to fight melanoma, a 49-year-old patient with a massive tumor returned three weeks after her first dose to show doctors incredible results.

The woman's tumor completely disappeared, leaving behind a gap in her body.

The study notes,

The 142-patient combination immunotherapy treatment study used the drugs ipilimumab and nivolumab together.

The team administered the combination to a 72-person group known to be without the BRAF mutation that causes a predisposition to cancer.

Of those participants, 22 percent had the melanoma eradicated by the end of the study.

In a press release, study coauthor Paul Chapman said this particular woman's transformation gave evidence of immunotherapy's efficacy, adding,

Researchers will continue to study the drug combination's effect. They're concerned about potential colon inflammation and side effects, like nearly-constant diarrhea.

New England Journal of Medicine

Citations: New Cancer Therapy Dissolves Tumor (IFL Science)