Navigation Links
Steve Jobs' Death Highlights Critical Need for New Therapies for Pancreatic Cancer
Date:10/10/2011

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y., Oct. 10, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) joins in grieving the untimely death of Apple Co-Founder Steve Jobs from pancreatic cancer. Jobs' death comes on the heels of other high profile deaths from the disease - those of Nobel Laureate Ralph Steinman last week, and actor Patrick Swayze two years ago.

(Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20110215/NY48642LOGO)

These deaths bring to light a disease with an extremely poor prognosis for which there are limited therapies. The five-year relative survival rate for this patient population is less than five percent.

But better news may come in the form of therapies originally approved to treat patients with blood cancers. Roughly 50 percent of the cancer drugs approved by the Food & Drug Administration (FDA) in the past decade were first approved to treat patients with a form of blood cancer. Many of these drugs are now commonly used to help additional patients and some are showing promise against certain solid tumors, including pancreatic cancer.

LLS helped advance Revlimid®, a drug that can enhance anti-cancer immune responses and block cancer-feeding blood supplies. It is FDA-approved for patients diagnosed with myeloma or myelodysplastic syndromes.  Based on exciting laboratory results, Revlimid is now being tested with a standard chemotherapy in clinical trials for pancreatic cancer patients.

Likewise, LLS funded research advanced Zolinza®, a first-in-class enzyme-targeting drug that can kill cancer cells by reprogramming critical gene activities. Zolinza is FDA-approved to treat certain lymphoma patients, and being tested in clinical trials for pancreatic cancer patients.

"The passing of the visionary Steve Jobs was a truly sad occasion and his death has brought attention to a deadly cancer for which there are very limited options for patients," said LLS President and CEO John Walter. "But as with many other diseases, therapies originally developed to treat patients with blood cancer are showing real promise and we are hopeful that these advances will one day soon help patients with pancreatic cancer."

About The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society

The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society ® (LLS) is the world's largest voluntary health agency dedicated to blood cancer. The LLS mission: Cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin's disease and myeloma, and improve the quality of life of patients and their families. LLS funds lifesaving blood cancer research around the world and provides free information and support services.  

Founded in 1949 and headquartered in White Plains, NY, LLS has chapters throughout the United States and Canada. To learn more, visit www.LLS.org or contact the Information Resource Center at (800) 955-4572, Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. ET. www.lls.org.

Andrea Greif
(914)821-8958
andrea.greif@lls.org


'/>"/>
SOURCE The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society
Copyright©2010 PR Newswire.
All rights reserved

Related biology technology :

1. Stevens researchers pioneer novel technique to make plasmonic nanogap arrays
2. ONR funds study of nanoscale wetting dynamics of superhydrophobic surfaces at Stevens
3. Quantum Learning Signs Licensing Agreement with Jay Elliot, Author of "The Steve Jobs Way"
4. Dr. Frank Fisher of Stevens selected for Fulbright specialist roster
5. Steven Seagal Asks For Russian PM Vladimir Putins Support in Immortality Research
6. Dr. Stefan Strauf of physics at Stevens receives NSF CAREER Award for quantum research
7. Biotech Guru G. Steven Burrill Offers his Predictions on What Lies Ahead for the Biotech Industry in 2011
8. Nanoimprint lithography NSF grant awarded to micro device lab at Stevens
9. Microfluidic devices advance 3-D tissue engineering at Stevens
10. Xiaoguang Meng receives honorary master of engineering from Stevens
11. AMTs EGM Passes All Resolutions and Strengthens Supervisory Board With Joseph Feczko, Steven Holtzman and Francois Meyer
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:9/20/2017)... PA and College Station, TX (PRWEB) , ... ... ... IPS-Integrated Project Services, LLC (IPS), a leading global provider of engineering, ... Inc. the leading provider of prefabricated cleanrooms, today announced the unveiling of ...
(Date:9/20/2017)... (PRWEB) , ... September 20, ... ... recently published findings of a study examining the effects of exoskeleton-assisted walking ... spinal cord injury (SCI). The article, "Neuromechanical adaptations during a robotic powered ...
(Date:9/20/2017)... ... September 20, 2017 , ... Foresight Institute, a leading think ... technologies, announced the winners for the 2017 Foresight Institute Feynman Prizes.These are given ... manufacturing. , Established in 1993 and named in honor of pioneer physicist Richard ...
(Date:9/19/2017)... ... September 19, 2017 , ... ... automates the most dangerous step of sample prep for metals digestion—the addition of ... automation at an affordable price. The system is ideal for any laboratory performing ...
Breaking Biology Technology:
(Date:5/23/2017)... -- Hunova, the first robotic gym for the rehabilitation and functional motor sense ... Genoa, Italy . The first 30 robots will be available ... USA . The technology was developed and patented at the IIT ... Movendo Technology thanks to a 10 million euro investment from entrepreneur Sergio ... ...
(Date:5/16/2017)... --  Bridge Patient Portal , an enterprise patient ... Systems , an electronic medical record solutions developer ... a partnership to build an interface between the ... products, including Centricity Practice Solution (CPS), Centricity Business ... integrations will allow healthcare delivery networks using GE ...
(Date:4/24/2017)... WASHINGTON , April 24, 2017 ... counsel and partner with  Identity Strategy Partners, LLP ... "With or without President Trump,s March 6, ... Foreign Terrorist Entry , refugee vetting can be instilled ... refugee resettlement. (Right now, all refugee applications are ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):