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Date:5/11/2010

clinical management of the drugs' side effects.

"Those studies are not going to change therapy, but based on what they find, they may be able to perfect therapy and make it better," Bakris said. "This drug class has great potential for altering the natural history of many cancers. With this guidance, all physicians involved in the care of a cancer patient will be aware of monitoring blood pressure and signs of kidney injury and will know what to do if such problems arise."

"If carefully managed, I think these drugs are a huge move forward in our armory against cancer," Bakris said.

The commentary, "Initial assessment, surveillance, and management of blood pressure in patients receiving vascular endothelial growth factor signaling pathway inhibitors," appears in the May 5th issue of the Journal of the National Cancer Institute.


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