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BioSphere Medical's HepaSphere Microspheres Safely Deliver Doxorubicin in Liver Cancer Chemoembolization Therapy -- Study Presented at SIR
Date:3/16/2010

HepaSphere™ doxorubicin delivery embolotherapy microspheres are effective in treating liver cancer, hepatocellular cancer (HCC). BioSphere Medical’s microspheres for drug delivery transarterial chemoembolization (TACE) were the subject of a clinical study presentation at the Society of Interventional Radiology (SIR) annual meeting.

(PRWEB) March 16, 2010 -- BioSphere Medical, Inc. (NASDAQ: BSMD), announced that its doxorubicin delivery embolotherapy microspheres HepaSphere™ were featured in a scientific session on the advances in minimally invasive treatments for liver cancer, at the Society of Interventional Radiology (SIR) 35th Annual Meeting, in Tampa, FL. Opening the session on transarterial chemoembolization (TACE) for liver cancer, Geert Maleux, M.D., Ph.D., an interventional radiologist at the University Hospitals Leuven, Belgium, presented the results of the first prospective, randomized clinical study demonstrating the effectiveness of HepaSphere™ to treat patients with hepatocellular cancer (HCC), the most common form of liver cancer.

Dr. Maleux’s study, conducted in Belgium, demonstrated the safety of HepaSphere™ drug delivery chemoembolization (hqTACE). Patients treated with HepaSphere™, compared to patients who received conventional transarterial chemoembolization (cTACE), had lower circulating levels of doxorubicin, which significantly reduced drug toxicity and serious side effects. The hqTACE patients also had better preserved liver function.

Today’s presentation spotlights the significant advances achieved by the company in liver cancer treatment. BioSphere has submitted an Investigational Device Exemption (IDE) application to the U.S. FDA for QuadraSphere® Microspheres for a phase III clinical trial. If approved, it will be the first phase III clinical trial for chemoembolization of primary liver
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