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2012-04-12 21:10:02

In a paper published today in the journal Cell, a team from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill unveils the first broad-based test for activation of protein kinases "en masse", enabling measurement of the mechanism behind drug-resistant cancer and rational prediction of successful combination therapies. Kinases are proteins expressed in human tissues that play a key role in cell growth, particularly in cancer. Of the 518 known human kinases, about 400 are expressed in cancers,...

2012-04-05 21:10:02

Researchers reporting in the April Cell Stem Cell, a Cell Press publication, have found a way to stop leukemia stem cells in their tracks. The advance in mice suggests that a combination approach to therapy might stamp out chronic myeloid leukemia (CML) for good. That's in contrast to the vast majority of CML patients taking drugs like imatinib (aka Gleevec) today, who often go into remission only to see their cancer return again. It is those lingering leukemia stem cells, which stubbornly...

2012-03-28 09:58:24

Among patients with a high risk of recurrence of a gastrointestinal stromal tumor following surgery for its removal, patients who received imatinib (a drug to treat certain cancers) for 3 years instead of 1 had improved recurrence-free survival and overall survival, according to a study in the March 28 issue of JAMA. "Gastrointestinal stromal tumors (GIST) are usually found in the stomach or the small intestine but can occur at any site along the gastrointestinal tract and rarely elsewhere...

2012-03-19 16:58:18

Study outlines new method to test a tumor's resistance to an experimental therapy and pinpoint the genetic culprit before testing the drug in patients–providing a new path toward personalized medicine Drug resistance is a serious problem for cancer patients–over time, a therapy that was once providing some benefit simply stops working. Scientists at Sanford-Burnham Medical Research Institute (Sanford-Burnham) recently discovered how cancer cells develop resistance to a drug...

2012-03-12 19:51:22

21,626-person study shows 90.4 percent survival A 21,626-person study published today in the Journal of Clinical Oncology found that the five-year survival rate for children and adolescents with acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL), the most common childhood cancer, improved from 83.7 percent in those diagnosed during the years 1990-1994, to 90.4 percent for those diagnosed in the years 2000-2005. "The improved survival is due to using existing drugs better, not because of the...

2012-02-27 07:26:30

A new study has found that patients with chronic myeloid leukemia (CML) who have not responded to interferon treatments experience long-term benefits when they switch to the targeted drug imatinib. Published early online in Cancer, a peer-reviewed journal of the American Cancer Society, the study indicates that imatinib is the treatment of choice for these patients. Imatinib, a drug that blocks the protein made by a particular cancer-causing gene, has revolutionized the treatment and...

2012-02-21 12:29:08

MD Anderson research shows promise for patients suffering from chronic pain By reformulating the common cancer drug imatinib (Gleevec®), researchers have eliminated morphine tolerance in rats — an important step toward improving the effectiveness of chronic pain management in patients, according to researchers at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center. Narcotics such as morphine are a mainstay of chronic pain treatment. Over time, tolerance to the pain-relieving...


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