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Date:5/16/2008

to stop the B-cells from making the antibodies that cause inflammation, but in cancer, these B-cells are malignant, says Dr. Micallef.

This is the first large study to combine epratuzumab with chemotherapy, in this case R-CHOP.

The rate of toxic side effects among enrolled patients was the same as seen in R-CHOP use, investigators say. Overall, the combination was well tolerated, says Dr. Micallef. Patients may experience low blood counts, fatigue or infections.

As promising as these results look, researchers will not know if this new treatment provides superior results to R-CHOP unless the two regimens are compared with each other, she says.


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