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NYP/Columbia physician-scientists present at ASCO 44th annual meeting
Date:5/30/2008

NEW YORK (May 29, 2008) -- Physician-scientists from NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Medical Center will present their latest research findings at the American Society of Clinical Oncology Annual Meeting in Chicago, May 30 to June 3. Among the most significant presentations are the following:

  • Response Impressive for OncoVEXGM-CSF for Patients With Unresectable Metastatic Melanoma

    Dr. Howard L. Kaufman Chief of surgical oncology at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Medical Center, and chief of the Division of Surgical Oncology and the Edwin C. and Anne K. Weiskopf Associate Professor of Medicine at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons

    OncoVEXGM-CSF is a herpes simplex virus (a microscopic life form commonly known as the "cold-sore virus") that has been genetically changed to grow in and destroy cancer cells. The investigators showed treatment success in 32 percent of patients. Other patients have also had clinical benefit, including two patients where tumors first noted during therapy responded, two patients who responded after leaving the study, and other patients with local palliative benefit in otherwise difficult-to-treat tumors. Researchers note that the rate and durability of response is impressive compared to other treatment options available to patients with advanced melanoma, particularly in the second line/salvage therapy setting. A Phase 3 study is being planned.

  • Early Oncologic Outcomes of Robotic Prostatectomy

    Dr. Erik T. Goluboff Director of urology at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Allen Pavilion, and professor of urology at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons

    Little is known about the oncologic outcomes of robotic prostatectomy. By reviewing a database of consecutive patients operated on by a single surgeon, researchers found that like other forms of prostatectomy, robotic prostatectomy provides excell
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Contact: Gloria Chin
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212-305-5587
New York- Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center/Weill Cornell Medical College
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