This Bulletin: Tue, 6 Jun 2000 19:14 AEST
Doctors at the Royal Melbourne Hospital are trialling the use of chemotherapy as a possible treatment for severe cases of multiple sclerosis.
Head of the Hospital's Multiple Sclerosis Research Unit, Trevor Kilpatrick, says the technique has been used on two patients, with encouraging results.
He says the cancer treatment will now be trialled on eight other patients, as part of a study involving 50 multiple sclerosis sufferers worldwide.
Dr Kilpatrick says patients do suffer from the side effects of chemotherapy, with the treatment only used for severe cases of the disease.
"We're initially looking predominately at the safety of the treatment
for patients with multiple sclerosis because we need to make sure it's
safe before we expand it into the general MS population or that sub-population
of patients with MS who have the aggressive form of the disease," he said.