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Genomic Systems announces 'moratorium on studying and treating terminal cancer has ended'
Date:10/18/2010

lso indicates that this antibody is well tolerated, even when administered at high doses to mice already debilitated by very advanced metastatic cancers. The antibody appears to work by selectively blocking PECAM-1's regulation of secreted proteins that promote advanced cancer's now lethal growth. Dr. Debs believes that specifically targeting these growth-promoting factors themselves may further improve the treatment of terminal cancer, and has the potential to significantly improve the lives of patients now suffering hopelessly from it.

"Preclinical studies focusing on terminal cancer are rare. Therefore, these patients have no therapies to either treat their cancer or give them hope. As a cancer specialist, all I could do for my patients with terminal cancers was to help make their remaining days as comfortable as possible," said Dr. Debs, who is trained as a medical oncologist and hematologist. "To be able to offer my patients with advanced cancers only palliative care and referral to hospice was not why I chose to become a cancer doctor. The profound, unmet medical and human needs of my patients in the terminal stages of cancer drove me into research."


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