Findings of a trial of a drug aimed at treating advanced oesophageal – or gullet – cancer could lead to a new treatment approach for a sub-group of patients with this kind of cancer.

The University of Aberdeen was involved in a UK wide study to see if the drug gefitinib – already used in lung cancer – could help treat oesophageal cancer.

The Cancer Oesophagus Gefitinib trial was the first study conducted in oesophageal cancer patients whose disease had progressed after chemotherapy.

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