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Life insurance claims could occur less frequently in the future if planned trials pitching specialised cancer drugs against other tumours, prove to be successful.
The drugs in question are currently available on the NHS and could be used to treat various forms of cancer – a development which could see the cost of critical illness cover fall in years to come.
Researchers at Compendia Bioscience found that medicines such as Herceptin which is commonly used to treat breast cancer, and lung cancer drug Iressa, could be used elsewhere after similarities were found across certain types of tumours.
This could mean the forms of cancer which critical illness cover accounts for - such as brain, breast, lung, ovarian, and pancreatic cancer – could hopefully lead to fewer fatalities.
For now though, people worried about how cancer could change their lives or those of their dependants should get income protection insurance in case the worst happens.
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