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Every patient in a drug trial had cancer vanish for the first time in history.

Every patient in a drug trial had cancer vanish for the first time in

A tiny number of persons with rectal cancer recently witnessed a miracle when their cancer just disappeared after receiving the experimental treatment. According to the New York Times, 18 patients in a tiny clinical trial took a medicine called Dostarlimab for around six months, and by the end of it, all of their tumours had vanished.

Dostarlimab is a medication that contains laboratory-made molecules that act as replacement antibodies in the human body. The identical medicine was administered to all 18 rectal cancer patients, and as a result of the treatment, the cancer was fully eradicated in all of them, undetectable by various tests such as physical examination, endoscopy, positron emission tomography or PET scans and MRI scans.

This is the first time this has happened in the history of cancer, according to Dr Luis A. Diaz J. of Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York.

According to the New York Times, the patients in the clinical research had previously undergone arduous therapies to eradicate their cancer, including chemotherapy, radiation, and invasive surgery, which could cause bowel, urinary, and even sexual dysfunction. The 18 patients are expected to have to go through them as the next step in the trial. However, they were surprised to learn that no more therapy was required.

This discovery has caused a stir in the medical community. Dr Alan P. Venook, a colon cancer specialist at the University of California, told the news organisation that complete remission in every single patient is "unheard-of." He lauded the study as a first of its kind around the globe. He went on to say that it was especially impressive because not all of the patients experienced serious side effects from the trial medicine.

Oncologist Dr Andrea Cercek of Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center and a co-author of the paper recalled the moment patients learned they were cancer-free. She told the New York Times, "There were a lot of happy tears."

Patients in the study were given Dostarlimab every three weeks for six months. They were all at the same stage of cancer, which had progressed locally in the rectum but had not moved to other organs.    

The drug's reviewers now tell the media outlet that the treatment is promising, but that a larger-scale experiment is needed to assess if it would work for more people and if the malignancies are actually in remission.

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