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New liver cancer treatment offered in Sheffield 'for first time'

New liver cancer treatment offered in Sheffield 'for first time'
12th January 2012

A revolutionary new liver cancer treatment has been used at Sheffield's Northern General Hospital, helping to shrink pensioner Bill Milton's tumours.

Operations to treat liver cancers are rare, so there are often few options available if chemotherapy does not work.

The new Selective Internal Radiation Therapy (SIRT) involves injecting radioactive beads into the liver, according to the Sheffield Telegraph.

Speaking to the newspaper, the doctor who administered the treatment, Dr Trevor Cleveland, said: "It is very promising that we have been able to give Bill the SIRT treatment. We are pleased that he has shown a positive early response to the treatment."

However, he warned that this treatment is not appropriate for all patients.

Last month, researchers at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute discovered a potential trigger for liver inflammation that they believe could be used to treat or even prevent liver cancer.

They suggested that suppression of the function of a particular messenger molecule is instrumental in determining how liver cells form and what their function will be.

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