WKU Public Radio News Staff
Tue August 23, 2005
U-K Cancer Research
Lexington, KY – A University of Kentucky neurologist is drawing international attention with research published Saturday in "The Lancet", a major British medical journal.
Dr. Roy Patchell's work is allowing people to walk again despite invasive cancer that causes a paralyzing compression of the spinal cord.
Before Patchell's groundbreaking work, radiation and high-dose steroids were the standard treatment for the problem and it offered only a 50-50 chance that patients would walk again. The other half would be paraplegic.
A U-K study headed by Patchell found that 84% of those who received surgery plus radiation were able to walk, compared with 57% who got radiation and no surgery.