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Mayo Clinic reports possible new therapy for patients with platinum-resistant ovarian cancer
Date:10/23/2007

SAN FRANCISCO -- Mayo Clinic today reported promising interim results from a Phase II trial of a new combination therapy for patients with recurrent ovarian cancer that is resistant to platinum therapy. Thirty-three percent of study participants achieved either complete or partial tumor regression from the therapy, which combines flavopiridol and cisplatin.

Findings from this Phase 2 Consortium (P2C) clinical trial were presented by the studys primary investigator, Keith Bible, M.D., Ph.D., at the Molecular Targets and Cancer Therapeutics International Conference, a jointly-sponsored symposium of the American Association for Cancer Research, National Cancer Institute and the European Organization for Research and Treatment of Cancer.

We are encouraged by the interim results of this trial, says Dr. Bible, a medical oncologist and researcher at Mayo Clinic. Platinum-resistant ovarian cancer responds poorly to traditional therapies, and weve been working toward developing more effective treatments for this disease. This combination looks very promising.

More than 22,400 women in the United States will be diagnosed with ovarian cancer this year, according to the American Cancer Society, and nearly 15,300 women will die from it. Women with late-stage ovarian cancer have very few options, and most standard treatments include platinum-based therapies (cell-damaging agents).

In this study, the researchers evaluated a combination therapy using flavopiridol (an investigational anti-cancer agent that also boosts the effects of other therapeutics including cisplatin) with cisplatin (a platinum compound) for women with platinum-resistant ovarian or primary peritoneal (lining of the abdominal cavity) cancers. The researchers found in earlier preclinical studies that flavopiridol significantly boosts the anti-cancer effects of cisplatin, and later conducted a Phase I clinical trial to pilot the combination in patients (KC Bible et al, C
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Mayo Clinic
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