Jade Goody to try a new ‘wonder drug’

February 5th, 2009 - 5:57 pm ICT by IANS  

London, Feb 5 (IANS) British celebrity Jade Goody says a new “miracle drug” has given her a “glimmer of hope” in her battle against cancer. The 27-year-old “Big Brother” star, whose cervical cancer has spread to her bowel, groin and liver, is to start a two-month course of Hycamtin, a drug that was given the green signal in 2007 after successful trials, The Sun reported Thursday.

It is likely to be administered via a drip while chemotherapy continues.

Goody said: “It has given me a glimmer of hope. I’m hoping and praying that there is a chance.

“It’s the first good news I’ve had in a dreadful few weeks. Over the last three or four days my view has been ‘How long have I got?’ Now I’m thinking, ‘Maybe there’s a chance’.”

The comments come just a day after the mother of two spoke of her despondency.

“I’m in a nightmare,” Goody told The Sun in an interview published Wednesday with a picture showing her hairless from months of chemotherapy.

“I am devastated. I am frightened and I am angry. I don’t want to die because I have so much to live for.

“The reality is I have gone from a 40 percent chance of a cure to seeing how long I can stay alive,” she said. “The whole thing is absolutely terrifying.”

Goody, who sparked a race row with Bollywood star Shilpa Shetty as inmates of “Big Brother” in January 2007, was first told of her cervical cancer in the diary room of the Indian version of the reality show in August 2008.

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