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Cancer breakthrough: arthritis pill stops tumor growth

Doctors have long prescribed the drug Leflunomide to treat the symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis; but now, combined with PLX4720, another cancer drug, Leflunomide has been proven to stop tumors growing. Because the drug is already on the market, there will not be a long wait until it is available and will only be 3 years until it can be prescribed.
The pill cannot stop skin cancer but can stop tumors from growing. Hospitals have described this breakthrough as ‘life-changing’. Cancer will never be completely cured but treatments are always being made – this one especially will save many lives. In the UK around 2,000 people a year die from malignant melanoma when their cancerous tumors return after being surgically removed.
The new treatment will give melanoma cancer sufferers”a chance of life” If the trials are proved successful then there will be many saved lives in the future. People are being optimistic as it can only get better from this one medical breakthrough.

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