Medicine: Death-Defying Drug Therapy

Drug Therapy Colon cancer held at bay

For decades the only true weapon against colon cancer has been surgery. If the scalpel could take out the entire tumor, the patient was cured; if not, the cancer recurred. But now, for the first time, researchers have developed a drug therapy that may reduce the high death rate from this form of cancer, which kills 53,500 Americans each year and is the third most common type of malignancy.

In a series of studies coordinated by Dr. Charles Moertel of the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., researchers tested a combination of two drugs: 5- fluorouracil, a proven anticancer agent, and levamisole,...

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