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Albuquerque doctor testing new cancer drug

Colton Shone
October 03, 2017 06:27 PM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. --  A new cancer drug being tested in Albuquerque could be a game changer.

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Dr. Olivier Rixe has a big challenge in front of him: leading a study of a new drug that targets and kills cancer cells but leaves healthy ones alone. Rixe said the new drug is a result of "tons of research conducted over the past ten years."  

The first clinical trials have been successful. Now they're moving on to testing this drug in people.

"Unfortunately, they are patients who have advanced cancer who -- I hate this word 'failed' -- but didn't respond well to conventional therapies," he said.

Rixe said the new therapy could have especially big implications for people diagnosed with the incurable brain tumor, glioblastoma. That's the same disease that took Rio Rancho resident Chad Walde's life, whose battle with the disease was chronicled by KOB.

Rixe says this is spearheading the way cancer is treated altogether.

"My guess is that in 10 years from now, probably it'll be about targeted therapy and immunotherapy and we'll have very few patients exposed to chemo," he said.

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