Those patients do not have the time to wait. Use of more traditional chemotherapy drugs that kill tumor cells would be selected instead.
Roche and Plexxikon are also working on a similar drug that prolongs the lives of those with metastatic melanoma. They currently are involved in clinical trials. Overall, these types of drug may be the future of treatments for a variety of types of cancer.
Michele is an R.N. freelance writer with a special interest in woman’s healthcare and quality of care issues. Other articles by Michele are at www.helium.com/users/487540/show_articles