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ASCO releases studies from upcoming annual meeting
Date:5/17/2012

ALEXANDRIA, Va. The American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) today highlighted five studies in a press briefing from among more than 4,500 abstracts publicly posted online at abstract.asco.org in advance of ASCO's 47th Annual Meeting.

Plenary, late-breaking and other major studies will be released in on-site press conferences at the Annual Meeting to be held June 1-5, 2012, at McCormick Place in Chicago, Ill. The meeting, which will feature the theme Collaborating to Conquer Cancer, is expected to draw approximately 30,000 cancer specialists from around the world.

"Nearly 50 years into the era of modern oncology, we can clearly see the fruits of our research investments," said Michael Link, MD, President of ASCO. "Findings to be presented at ASCO's Annual Meeting are part of the latest chapter in the history of progress against cancer. Today's studies demonstrate improvements in precision medicine that identify and exploit cancer's genetic weak spots to halt tumor growth and in some cases eradicate disease. Other studies give us valuable new tools and information to lessen the short- and long-term side effects of cancer treatment for our patients."

Studies highlighted in today's press briefing include:

  • In early study, crizotinib induces strong, long-lasting responses in aggressive pediatric cancers: Phase I study reports that crizotinib (Xalkori) an oral drug that targets genetic abnormalities in the ALK gene stalled tumor growth and, in some cases, eliminated all signs of cancer in select children with neuroblastoma, anaplastic large cell lymphoma or inflammatory myofibroblastic tumors, cancers commonly driven by ALK gene abnormalities.

  • Combination of two molecularly targeted oral drugs show promise for advanced melanoma with BRAF mutations: Results from an early-phase trial show that combination therapy with two investigational targeted drugs the BRAF inhibitor dabrafenib and the MEK inhibit
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Contact: Susie Tappouni
susie.tappouni@asco.org
571-483-1355
American Society of Clinical Oncology
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