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Asbestos chemo questioned

16th May 2008

UK scientists have said that chemotherapy treatment for people who have mesothelioma - a type of cancer caused by asbestos exposure - has no "benefit" to patients.

The results of the study, published in the Lancet, showed that of the 409 patients involved, those who were given chemotherapy in addition to the standard treatments for the disease had no better quality of life. Kate Law, Cancer Research UK's director of clinical trials, added: "These results showed no real benefit from adding these chemotherapy drugs compared with just treating the symptoms of the disease."

 

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