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2008-06-17 09:01:12

By Barry Nelson A PROFESSOR who successfully "declared war" on cancer in France has urged the British Government to give more priority to the disease. Professor David Khayat, who founded the French National Cancer Institute, spoke to The Northern Echo about France's cancer drugs revolution, as part of the paper's End NHS Injustice campaign. Last night, North-East cancer patients who have been denied access to potentially life-extending new drugs available in France urged the Government...

2008-05-31 09:00:07

COLLEGEVILLE, Pa., May 31 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Wyeth Pharmaceuticals, a division of Wyeth , today announced results of a three-arm phase 3 clinical trial that show patients with relapsed and/or refractory mantle cell lymphoma (MCL), a form of non-Hodgkin's lymphoma, treated with the mTOR (mammalian target of rapamycin) inhibitor TORISEL(R) (temsirolimus) experienced a statistically significant improvement in median progression-free survival (PFS), compared with single-agent therapy...

2006-06-04 13:20:34

Please read in fourth paragraph ... "24 weeks from 12 weeks" ... instead of ... "24 months from 12 months" A corrected repetition follows: By Toni Clarke ATLANTA (Reuters) - For the first time in decades there are new treatments available for kidney cancer, and as more data emerges about their efficacy, the competition looks set to heat up. Data presented on Sunday at the annual meeting of the American Society of Clinical Oncology confirmed the potency of Sutent, a drug marketed...

2006-06-04 13:28:37

By Toni Clarke ATLANTA (Reuters) - A kidney cancer drug made by Bayer AG and Onyx Pharmaceuticals Inc. showed promise in a small lung cancer trial, according to data released on Sunday, further fueling competition with a drug from Pfizer Inc. Results presented at the annual meeting of the American Society of Clinical Oncology showed that in a trial of 52 patients with advanced non-small cell lung cancer who had failed previous treatment, 59 percent of patients who took the drug,...

2006-06-04 11:31:45

By Toni Clarke ATLANTA (Reuters) - For the first time in decades there are new treatments available for kidney cancer, and as more data emerges about their efficacy, the competition looks set to heat up. Data presented on Sunday at the annual meeting of the American Society of Clinical Oncology confirmed the potency of Sutent, a drug marketed by Pfizer Inc. that was approved by U.S. regulators in January. For the first time, too, data was released from a late-stage, or Phase III,...

2006-06-04 06:06:43

By Toni Clarke ATLANTA (Reuters) - Wyeth said on Sunday that interim results of a late-stage trial of its experimental kidney cancer drug significantly increased survival in patients compared to standard therapy. Patients with advanced kidney cancer who took the drug, temsirolimus, had a median survival time of 10.9 months, compared to a survival time of 7.3 months for patients who took the standard therapy. Data from the late-stage, or Phase III, trial were presented at the annual...

2006-06-04 06:01:57

By Ransdell Pierson NEW YORK (Reuters) - Pfizer Inc.'s kidney cancer drug Sutent will soon become the favored first-line treatment for advanced forms of the disease, based on its ability to prolong survival in a late-stage trial described on Sunday, researchers said. Sutent was approved in January as a second-line treatment for advanced kidney cancer, meaning for patients whose cancer spread despite their earlier use of the standard drugs interferon and interleukin-2, which are...

2006-06-03 15:11:46

By Toni Clarke ATLANTA (Reuters) - Using combinations of "smart bomb" cancer drugs that target specific proteins and avoid the indiscriminate cell destruction of chemotherapy may be the wave of the future for cancer patients, experts say. Early studies show that combining targeted treatments such as Genentech Inc.'s breast cancer drug Herceptin with GlaxoSmithKline Plc's experimental treatment Tykerb, may be helpful in patients who do not respond to Herceptin alone, said Dr. Jose...

2006-06-03 13:00:00

By Ransdell Pierson NEW YORK -- A Pfizer Inc. kidney cancer drug has also shown promise in a small mid-stage trial as a treatment for the most common form of lung cancer, researchers said on Saturday. The new study involved 63 patients whose non-small cell lung cancer had progressed despite earlier treatments with standard chemotherapy. All patients were then given Pfizer's once-daily pill, Sutent, as a stand-alone treatment and continued to take it until their disease progressed. Tumors...

2005-12-21 09:44:55

By Susan Heavey WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved a new drug to treat the most common type of kidney cancer on Tuesday, hailing it as a major advance in slowing tumor growth. The drug Nexavar, made by German drugmaker Bayer AG and Onyx Pharmaceuticals Inc., helped curb the size and number of tumors, although it has not yet been shown to help patients live longer, the FDA said. It is the first drug approved to treat advanced kidney cancer since...


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sough
  • A murmuring sound; a rushing or whistling sound, like that of the wind; a deep sigh.
  • A gentle breeze; a waft; a breath.
  • Any rumor that engages general attention.
  • A cant or whining mode of speaking, especially in preaching or praying; the chant or recitative characteristic of the old Presbyterians in Scotland.
  • To make a rushing, whistling, or sighing sound; emit a hollow murmur; murmur or sigh like the wind.
  • To breathe in or as in sleep.
  • To utter in a whining or monotonous tone.
According to the OED, from the 16th century, this word is 'almost exclusively Scots and northern dialect until adopted in general literary use in the 19th.'
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