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An English hospital is trialing the benefits of thalidomide as a mantle cell lymphoma treatment with promising results so far. One man with the condition had undergone five lots of chemotherapy and a stem cell transplant and was weeks away from death when he tried thalidomide. He found that his tumors stopped growing, shrunk and then disappeared altogether. However, he has suffered from drug side effects such as muscular pain and numb hands and feet which frequently lock up, reducing his mobility. However, he is simply happy to have his disease in remission.
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About: Thalidomide surprises cancer victim with remission
Date: 1 February 2005
Source: BBC News
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