Cancer Drug Might be the Answer to Blindness Among Premature Babies

According to a study published in The New England Journal of Medicine, Avastin, the cancer drug, can help in preventing blindness in premature babies. Around 50,000 people are blind because of the condition called retinopathy of prematurity or ROP. Legendary singer Stevie Wonder was also affected by the same condition.

The study says that just one injection of Avastin drug into premature babies’ eyes can effectively prevent the blindness. The common method used to rectify this condition is the laser surgery. The study observed 150 infants with advanced retina damage and who had undergone one of the two treatments: Surgery or Avastin. 6% infants who had taken Avastin injection had recurrence of ROP against 42% babies treated through the surgery.

According to Helen Mintz-Hittner of University of Texas Health Science Center and the lead author, says this procedure is light, quick and easy to use on delicate premature babies. The study is published in The New England Journal of Medicine.

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