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Date:9/5/2008

anib, a new oral angiogenesis inhibitor, has demonstrated interesting activity in hard-to-treat non-small-cell lung cancer, US researchers report. "To my knowledge, no other results on the effect of angiogenesis inhibitors in early stage operable lung cancer have been published," said Prof. Nasser Altorki from Weil Medical College of Cornell University in New York. The results indicate a highly active drug in this setting and further development in lung cancer is underway to fully understand the value of this drug in this disease.

Late-breaking data: Study establishes role for gefitinib in Asian

non-smokers with lung cancer

(Embargoed until Monday, 15 September 2008, 15:15 CEST)

The targeted therapy gefitinib should be considered a first-line therapy for non-smoking Asian patients with adenocarcinoma of the lung, suggests a presentation by Prof. Tony Mok from the Chinese University of Hong Kong.

Melanoma

Gene variant increases melanoma risk

(Embargoed until Monday, 15 September 2008, 15:30 CEST)

People who carry a particular genetic variant are at significantly increased risk of developing malignant melanoma, new research shows. Melanomas are known to be caused by exposure to the ultraviolet light in sunlight, but the precise mechanisms involved are complex, Portuguese researchers show.

Late-breaking data: extended, escalated dose chemotherapy shows no

survival benefit in advanced disease

(Embargoed until Monday 15 September 2008, 17:00 CEST)

Prof. Poulam Patel from Nottingham University in the UK reports the final results from the largest of its kind randomised phase III study in 859 patients with stage IV melanoma. The clinical trial is coordinated by the EORTC Melanoma Study Group, involving 92 institutions in Europe, the US and Latin America.

Breast Cancer

Adding docetaxel to chemotherapy regimen improves survival in early

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