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Cancer drug saves eyesight

16th March 2010

Avastin, a drug normally used to treat cancer patients, has been used by a doctor in Southampton to prevent sight loss in two patients.

The patients suffered from a rare condition known as Sorsby's Fundus Dystrophy (SFD), which causes deterioration in vision. Professor Andrew Lotery, from Southampton General Hospital, said: "We have discovered that the drug has prevented loss of sight and improved vision in the younger patients suffering from SFD over a long period and this is an exciting new treatment for what is a rare condition affecting young people."

 

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