Monday, January 12, 2009

New drug for kidney cancer patients

KCRibbon from http://www.news1130.com/news/local/more.jsp?content=20090111_124628_30204

Torisel was approved last year

VANCOUVER (NEWS1130) - The BC Cancer Agency is now funding a new kidney cancer treatment, the only one that's effective in treating the disease in its advanced stages.

The drug is called Torisel and it was approved by Health Canada late last year.

Wendy Vogt of New Westminster is a kidney cancer survivor and says this new treatment offers hope to those who had little before.

"Traditional therapies like chemotherapy or radiation are totally ineffective in treating kidney cancer and at that time there was just no other option.  And that's why there's been such an urgency about finding new ways of treating kidney cancer and Torisel is one of those new drugs that has been proven effective."

The drug is effective against all forms of Kidney Cancer.

It's the only drug available that can extend the lifespan of people in the advanced stages of the disease.