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Bladder Cancer Is Next On The Pharmaceutical Hit List

Originally, radiation and chemotherapy were blunt instruments, designed to knock out all the fast-growing cells in your body in the hopes of killing dangerous cancer cells and sending them into remission. That’s why they can cause hair loss, create ulcers, kill off the helpful bacteria in your intestines, and otherwise make your life even more miserable than the cancer did. On the bright side, chemotherapy isn’t nearly as fatal as cancer, but that can feel like a thin silver lining at times.

All too often, these blunt tools are still needed today, but pharmaceutical companies are slowly developing a list of drugs which can encourage the body’s immune system to do its job and kill off cancer cells. The human body is perfectly capable of doing so, and most of the time it does, but like with external infections of bacteria and viruses an exception will sometimes fall through the crack.

In this most recent case, a drug called Tecentriq passed through the FDA’s approval system in mid-May. Tecentriq is part of a new class of drugs designed specifically to fight urothelial carcinoma, the most common form of bladder cancer which sees around 77,000 new cases and claims 16,000 lives each year. The drug only raises survivability by a percentage and it comes with side effects like fever, infections, and constipation, but it’s still a step in the right direction: drugs that target certain specific pathways are more likely to work correctly, and the side effects are more likely to be localized.

Unfortunately, pharmaceutical companies have a habit of sending specialty drug prices into the stratosphere, making them an unattractive option compared to general chemotherapy.

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Published May 24th, 2016 by Stephanie Clegg
Fact Checked by Chris Riley

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