Cancer conference reveals exciting breakthroughs
Dr. Marc Siegel weighs in
- Duration 3:42
- Date Jun 4, 2012
Dr. Marc Siegel weighs in
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The byline and Daryn in about eighteen amazing breakthrough is just announced over the weekend including news that a patient's own immune system.
May be boosted to fight cancer.
Also a new drug -- actually slowed down the growth of breast cancer.
And word from the FDA that they may start fast tracking experimental drugs to get them to patients need that need them most.
I joining us now doctor -- is a professor of medicine -- New York university's when go to medical center -- member of our own Fox News medical eighteen despite -- -- -- -- -- -- some concerns about some other news.
We have about cancer.
At the same time that we're seeing these wonderful treatments coming out we're learning.
That by some estimates we're gonna be a 75%.
Increase of cancer in the world probably 3022 million cases.
A year in 2030 United States the problem is obesity and in activity.
And smoking and drinking alcohol lifestyle issues of the big explosive problem.
We're also seeing some infections related HPV virus hepatitis B and C.
But the biggest problem here in the US is obesity and lifestyle and it's leading to -- work certain kind of cancer and.
A good reminder to be more fix as a way to prevent yourself.
From from having a cancer like breast cancer for example.
Breast cancer colon are the two ones that are most of -- salute.
-- related know look we can talk about all these wonderful new discoveries people under the microscope we're finding great things up out about how to cure cancer.
The best thing would be to not get it in the first place of course by altering lifestyle.
But here's what's exciting Jenna we used to think of cancer -- something you had a poison because it grow rapidly.
In the whole body right we dads played when you get chemotherapy your whole body gets sick -- exactly did you have a heart to be that -- cause our.
Because you're targeting rapidly growing Celsius.
You poison the rapidly growing cell.
But your poison -- you're your own rapidly growing cells that are normal but now.
We're doing -- amazing things that we couldn't do before number one we're looking for genetic signature.
We finding out what one person's genetics is that leads to the cancer a drug called her receptive and 30% of breast cancer targets an abnormal gene.
That 30% of breast cancer.
Another thing we're doing and here's why the FDA has said let's fast track some drugs maybe we can even use them before surgery the other issue.
Is what we call immunotherapy we're creating vaccines.
That we can use against the cancer using the body's own immune cells so recognize the cancer as -- What the heck is the house armed invader they find the bad the bad cells and then making go attack -- is bad cells that -- exactly.
Like it's a foreign invader used to be -- the body the body thought oh we'll recognize that is -- and now we're saying it's a foreign invader let's put -- guided missile on it.
And still attacked the chemotherapy and bandits and -- let's talk about accessibility that -- and costs as well.
As far as some of these in major -- is -- -- sound positive.
When will they be available -- to the masses and and what about the costs of them.
The drugs that we're seeing right now by the this year's meetings looks like they're going to be available to the public over the next year -- -- -- you'll be able to go into your doctor out there and say.
What's the latest.
You know do you have this for me should I haven't before surgery should I have it after surgery but the problem you just mentioned -- is cost.
The new treatments are about a 100000 dollars per year this is a lot of money and I wonder if insurance is gonna cover this especially under the health reform climate.
Where we're having to cover more and more people and more and more basic services are these expensive treatments going to be covered by insurance.
Is it they're -- great it's great they're out there.
He has -- and to be able to be accessible by people that really need them you know I think I do you better that they have to be commonly available doctor -- thank you very much to my knees taken appreciate very that's going to see --