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Date:5/17/2012

or trametinib causes tumor regression and with a lower level of skin side effects than published studies of the current standard single-agent BRAF-targeted therapy, vemurafenib (Zelboraf), have shown.

  • Anti-psychotic medicine effective in treating severe chemotherapy-related nausea: A Phase III trial shows olanzapine (Zyprexa), an anti-psychotic medication, is superior to current standard treatment for breakthrough chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting. These results address an important unmet need for patients who experience such side effects, despite routine preventive treatment.

  • Adding abiraterone to standard hormone therapy eliminates cancer in some men with earlier-stage, aggressive prostate cancer: A randomized Phase II study shows that six months of neo-adjuvant (pre-surgical) treatment with the targeted drug abiraterone (Zytiga) and hormonal therapy eliminated or nearly eliminated cancer in one-third of men with localized high-risk prostate cancer (which has spread throughout the prostate and is likely to spread further). Abiraterone is currently approved for men with advanced prostate cancer, following chemotherapy.

  • Survey highlights need for greater physician education, communication about late effects of common chemotherapy drugs: A large survey finds that many primary care providers and some oncologists are not fully aware of major long-term side effects of four chemotherapy drugs that are widely used to treat breast and colorectal cancers, two of the most common forms of cancer.


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    susie.tappouni@asco.org
    571-483-1355
    American Society of Clinical Oncology
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