Navigation Links
Drug Helps Fight Late-Stage Colon Cancer in Some Patients
Date:11/14/2007

Cetuximab is first to extend survival for those resistant to chemotherapy, study says

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 14 (HealthDay News) -- A highly targeted biologic drug called cetuximab (Erbitux) is the first to extend the survival of patients with advanced colon cancer who have otherwise proved resistant to conventional chemotherapy, Canadian researchers confirmed.

But the drug, which costs $12,000 a month in the United States, appears to be effective in only about one-third of colon tumors, based on their specific gene profile, experts added.

"That's a significant number, but it still leaves a large proportion [of patients] who aren't benefiting," noted lead researcher Dr. Derek Jonker, assistant professor of medicine at the University of Ottawa and a medical oncologist at the Ottawa Hospital.

Nevertheless, the success of any new drug is welcome, he added.

"Until now, no anticancer therapy had demonstrated an improvement in survival in patients for whom chemotherapy was no longer effective, and for whom supportive care was the only available treatment," Jonker said. "So, cetuximab provides new hope for these patients."

The findings were reported in the Nov. 15 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine. The study was funded by the National Cancer Institute of Canada, as well as ImClone Systems and Bristol-Myers Squibb, the two companies that developed the drug.

Colorectal cancer is the third most common kind of cancer and the third leading cause of cancer death in the United States. As Jonker explained, most patients are treated with either surgery or conventional chemotherapy, which typically targets cellular DNA.

Unfortunately, almost all patients with advanced or metastasized colon cancer will develop resistance to standard chemotherapy drugs, he said.

"However, now we have a new class of drugs known as the biologically targeted therapies, such as cetuximab, an
'/>"/>

Copyright©2007 ScoutNews,LLC.
All rights reserved  

Page: 1 2 3 4

Related medicine news :

1. New male sling procedure helps prostate cancer survivors who suffer from urinary incontinence
2. Direct Anesthetic Infusion Helps Colorectal Cancer Patients
3. Radiation and drug combo helps boost efficacy of lung cancer treatment
4. Childs Flu Shot Helps Whole Family
5. Microsoft Helps Developers of Clinical User Interfaces Improve Efficiency, Patient Safety With Free Toolkit
6. Generic prostate drug helps find high-risk cancers early
7. Tamoxifen Helps Treat Bipolar Disorder
8. Imaging Software Helps Track, Treat Injured Brains
9. GPS-like technology helps pinpoint best methods for moving injured players
10. New Website Helps Women Be Fit, Sexy and in Control!
11. Brain Defect Helps Drive Fragile X Syndrome
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
Related Image:
Drug Helps Fight Late-Stage Colon Cancer in Some Patients
(Date:8/29/2014)... Los Angeles, CA (PRWEB) August 29, 2014 ... both the expert knowledge and authenticity of its doctors. ... ensures that only the most renowned doctors in their ... also helps to assure patients have a direct link ... Patients and doctors will be able to communicate ...
(Date:8/29/2014)... 29, 2014 Panic attacks are extremely ... feeling of intense stress and fear, which appears with ... sufferer, causing insecurity and affecting relationships. , A panic ... are many symptoms that patients can deal with. Anxiety, ... symptoms. Overcoming panic attacks is extremely important for sufferers, ...
(Date:8/29/2014)... Daily Gossip indicates in its recently published ... perfectly understand what patients have to go through at the ... creator of this new method. Bakker is a naturopathic doctor ... , Bakker claims that during all this time he ... living with the yeast infection can be. , Read ...
(Date:8/29/2014)... 30, 2014 Developed as a nod ... quality Canada Goose products offer the mobility, ... on Arctic runways. The company’s Canada Goose Chilliwack ... the current market. Additionally, the firm has unveiled its ... , At present, all high quality Chilliwack bombers ...
(Date:8/29/2014)... August 29, 2014 As reported by CNN.com ... (8/15), the process of admitting that you need help ... The article acknowledges and highlights the fact that if you ... may be very overwhelmed by all of the information that ... impossible to sift through, it is still possible to get ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):Health News:Cosmetic Town Now Advocates for the Rights of Cosmetic Patients Using Novel Approach 2Health News:60 Second Panic Solution Review Exposes Simple Panic Attacks Remedy 2Health News:Candida Crusher Review Reveals a Unique Way to Eliminate Yeast Infection Permanently 2Health News:New Designs Of Canada Goose Chilliwack Bombers From DoudouneCanadienneGoosePasCher.fr 2Health News:What to Know When Seeking Drug Addiction Help 2Health News:What to Know When Seeking Drug Addiction Help 3
... BOSTON Postmenopausal women who reported having used nonsteroidal ... time of enrollment in the Women,s Health Initiative study ... compared with women who reported no use of these ... 10th AACR International Conference on Frontiers in Cancer Prevention ...
... Institute (HCI) at the University of Utah have discovered a ... to new tools for predicting which breast cancers will spread ... spread. Their results are published online today in the journal ... for breast cancer studies, the researchers grafted tumor tissue from ...
... working night shifts may be compromising their own health ... Dr. Joan Tranmer told the Canadian Cardiovascular Congress 2011, ... Canadian Cardiovascular Society. Dr. Tranmer,s study investigated the ... disease in female hospital employees who worked both shift ...
... By Randy Dotinga HealthDay Reporter , FRIDAY, Oct. ... staple of professional ice hockey games, but are they as ... punches thrown during National Hockey League games end in significant ... isn,t particularly dangerous, possibly because it,s hard to get traction ...
... known as the PSA test, is valuable in predicting which ... diagnosed with low-risk prostate cancer, a Mayo Clinic study has ... the North Central Section of the American Urological Association ( ... decision to use the PSA test is best made by ...
... that C-11 choline positron emission tomography/computerized tomography (PET/CT) scans ... tool in prostate cancer. The results of three studies, ... Section of the American Urological Association ( http://www.ncsaua.org/default.aspx ), ... of C-11 choline PET scans. One study ...
Cached Medicine News:Health News:NSAID use associated with lower colorectal cancer mortality rates among postmenopausal women 2Health News:Will my breast cancer spread? Discovery may predict probability of metastasis 2Health News:Female shift workers may be at higher risk of heart disease 2Health News:Female shift workers may be at higher risk of heart disease 3Health News:Hockey Fistfights Rarely Cause Injuries, Study Claims 2Health News:Hockey Fistfights Rarely Cause Injuries, Study Claims 3Health News:Mayo Clinic study: PSA test valuable in predicting biopsy need, low-risk prostate cancer 2Health News:Trio of studies support use of PET/CT scans as prostate cancer staging tool 2
(Date:8/29/2014)... 2014 Research and Markets has ... Therapeutics Market & Pipeline Insight 2014" report to ... to prevent and eradicate the prevalence of cancer have ... confined to low specificity, safety and large number of ... a better solution. It has been discovered that peptides ...
(Date:8/29/2014)... Md. , Aug. 29, 2014  United Therapeutics ... the U.S. District Court for the District of ... favor in the company,s case against Sandoz, Inc. regarding ... Peter Sheridan ruled that U.S. Patent No. ... and enjoined Sandoz from marketing its generic product until ...
(Date:8/29/2014)... , Aug. 29, 2014 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- ChemImage will ... the Australian and New Zealand Forensic Science Society,s ... Sciences in Adelaide, Australia . ... concerning the advancements that hyperspectral imaging can bring ... Jeffrey Beckstead , Director of Product Development at ...
Breaking Medicine Technology:Global Peptide Cancer Therapeutics Market & Pipeline Insight 2014 2District Court Decision Received In Remodulin Patent Case 2ChemImage to Discuss Hyperspectral Imaging for Forensic Investigation at the ANZFSS 22nd International Symposium on the Forensic Sciences 2ChemImage to Discuss Hyperspectral Imaging for Forensic Investigation at the ANZFSS 22nd International Symposium on the Forensic Sciences 3
... Md., Aug. 30 Sequella, Inc., a clinical-stage ... life-threatening infectious diseases, announced today the restatement of ... of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB), concerning certain technology related ... patent (U.S. 6,663,846), jointly owned by Sequella and ...
... Aug. 30 Millennium Laboratories , a leading ... and staff treating chronic pain, announced today the appointment ... capacity as COO, Mr. Cohen is responsible for new ... business. He also has oversight of Millennium,s legislative initiatives ...
Cached Medicine Technology:Sequella and University of Maryland Restate Exclusive License for Jointly Owned Event Marker System Technology 2Sequella and University of Maryland Restate Exclusive License for Jointly Owned Event Marker System Technology 3Millennium Laboratories Announces New Chief Operating Officer David Cohen 2
... concave seats and large backrests with ... seats, backrests, armrests, and casters and ... for top performance in a variety ... clean room, static control, health care ...
... concave seats and large backrests with ... seats, backrests, armrests, and casters and ... for top performance in a variety ... clean room, static control, health care ...
... concave seats and large backrests with ... seats, backrests, armrests, and casters and ... for top performance in a variety ... clean room, static control, health care ...
... Durable ergonomic chairs with concave seats ... • Select options like seats, backrests, ... Choose the BE Series for top ... including: industry, education, laboratory, clean room, ...
Medicine Products: