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Adding drug to standard chemotherapy provides no survival benefit for older lung cancer patients
Date:4/17/2012

the three drugs vs. 40.1 percent for the 2006-2007 standard-therapy group, and 35.6 percent for the 2002-2005 standard-therapy group. Controlling for factors that can skew the results, the authors did not find a significant difference in overall survival between patients treated with bevacizumab and those treated only with standard chemotherapy.

Based on these results, the authors recommend that bevacizumab should not automatically be administered together with carboplatin-paclitaxel for older patients with NSCLC. They continue that clinicians should exercise caution in making treatment recommendations and use bevacizumab judiciously for their patients.

The authors also advise that for cancers like NSCLC that tend to arise in elderly patients, clinical trials of potential new therapies should include an adequate number of older patients and ensure that data for these patients is analyzed.


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Contact: Anne Doerr
anne_doerr@dfci.harvard.edu
617-632-5665
Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
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