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2010-06-06 07:28:27

Combination of targeted agent, chemotherapy improves progression-free survival; therapy inhibits both VEGFR and EGFR When combined with standard chemotherapy, an international Phase III trial has shown that the oral targeted therapy vandetanib improves progression-free survival for patients with advanced non-small cell lung cancer, according to research from The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center. The findings, published in the Lancet Oncology, mark the first clinical benefit of a...

2010-06-04 00:23:00

EAST HANOVER, N.J., June 4 /PRNewswire/ -- Novartis announced today 18-month results (median follow-up) showing that Tasigna® (nilotinib) capsules significantly surpass the efficacy of Gleevec® (imatinib mesylate) tablets* in adult patients with newly diagnosed Philadelphia chromosome-positive chronic myeloid leukemia (Ph+ CML) in chronic phase(1). To view the multimedia assets associated with this release, please click:...

2010-05-20 17:00:00

SUNNYVALE, Calif., May 20 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Pharmacyclics, Inc. (Nasdaq: PCYC) today announced that the abstract it submitted for the Annual Meeting of the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO), June 4-8, 2010 in Chicago, IL was released by ASCO today. The abstract was selected for an oral presentation. In the abstract the company reported efficacy results on 19 evaluable patients out of 22 patients in the first three cohorts. Each of these patients had received a minimum of...

2010-05-20 07:00:00

NEW YORK, May 20 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Pfizer Oncology (NYSE: PFE) will present new data highlighting the company's focused approach to cancer drug development through the identification and validation of molecular targets. These results will be presented at the 46th Annual American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) meeting in Chicago from June 4-8. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20100416/PFIZERLOGO ) "Pfizer Oncology is committed to applying discoveries from cancer...

2010-05-17 12:40:39

New research discovers a combination of drugs that may prove to be a more effective treatment for a lethal form of leukemia. The study, published by Cell Press in the May issue of the journal Cancer Cell, reports that the new therapeutic strategy effectively targets notoriously intractable leukemia stem cells that often escape standard treatment and are a main factor in disease relapse. Chronic myelogenous leukemia (CML) is a deadly form of leukemia that is associated with chromosome...

2010-05-01 08:52:54

2nd European Lung Cancer Conference Testing for the presence of specific cancer protein 'fingerprints' in the blood of lung cancer patients may be a useful means of identifying a subgroup whose tumors are more likely to shrink when treated with the drug erlotinib, especially when other testing methods are unavailable, according to new data presented at the 2nd European Lung Cancer Conference in Geneva, Switzerland. Erlotinib is one of a class of drugs that specifically inhibits an important...

2010-04-30 13:26:21

2nd European Lung Cancer Conference The recent approval of Europe's first personalized treatment for lung cancer heralds the arrival of a new era for lung cancer treatment that will demand significant changes to the way cancer specialists and other hospital doctors work, a leading expert said today at the 2nd European Lung Cancer Conference in Geneva, Switzerland. Prof Robert Pirker of the Medical University of Vienna said that personalized therapy, in which treatment is based on the...

2010-04-30 12:00:00

BROOMFIELD, Colo., April 30 /PRNewswire/ -- Results from the VeriStrat biomarker analysis of a multicenter Phase III trial were presented today at the 2nd European Lung Cancer Conference currently being held in Geneva, Switzerland. Results showed that the VeriStrat test identified patients who were likely to have a survival benefit from treatment with erlotinib, a commonly prescribed oral therapy for advanced non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC). Following treatment with erlotinib, patients...

2010-04-29 13:44:17

Although more than two fifths of lung cancers are diagnosed in patients over 70, data from clinical trials on the safest and most effective treatments for this age group are scarce. Now Italian oncologists are conducting a number of trials targeting elderly patients with non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC), and offer a review of the latest findings - and their recommendations - in the current issue of Therapeutic Advances in Medical Oncology, published by SAGE. According to Paolo Maione,...

2010-04-21 05:00:00

CHICAGO, April 21 /PRNewswire/ -- A clinical study underway at Rex Cancer Center of Wakefield will evaluate the use of telemonitoring in managing administration of Gleevec, a drug developed and manufactured by Novartis to treat chronic myeloid leukemia. The study will assess the use of a cellphone-based, personalized drug management system called eMedonline to help manage patients' compliance with Gleevec, and help identify and manage side effects. Many new cancer treatments are delivered...


Word of the Day
vermicular
  • Like a worm in form or movement; vermiform; tortuous or sinuous; also, writhing or wriggling.
  • Like the track or trace of a worm; appearing as if worm-eaten; vermiculate.
  • Marked with fine, close-set, wavy or tortuous lines of color; vermiculated.
  • A form of rusticated masonry which is so wrought as to appear thickly indented with worm-tracks.
This word ultimately comes from the Latin 'vermis,' worm.
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