Hope: Jade is to start a course of ‘miracle drug’ Topotecan which is usually introduced only in cases of advanced cervical cancer
Cancer-stricken Jade Goody has been given a ray of hope in the form of a new ‘miracle drug’.
The 27-year-old, who is fighting for her life after being told the disease had spread to her bowel, groin and liver, is to begin a two-month course of Topotecan.
Jade said last night: ‘It has given me a glimmer of hope.’
And a family friend told the Sun: ‘We hope it’ll keep Jade with us a long time.’
Professor Martin Gore, medical director at the Royal Marsden Hospital, told Jade he wanted to start her on Topotecan, also called Hycamtin, after conventional chemotherapy failed.
The drug will probably be administered via a drip while the Big Brother star continues her chemotherapy.
Based on a substance found in a Chinese tree, Topotecan was given the green light in 2007 after successful trials.
It is normally given in only in advanced cases of cervical cancer and is seen as the last line of defence.
The drug works by blocking an enzyme that can strengthen cancer cells, and a scan will show if the tumours are responding. Source