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Researchers Report Treatment Headway Against Lung Cancer
Date:6/5/2010

enter in Houston found patients receiving the targeted drug vandetanib combined with chemotherapy had a 21 percent decline in disease progression compared to those receiving chemotherapy alone. Median progression-free survival in the combination arm was 17.3 weeks vs. 14 weeks in the control group.

This study was simultaneously presented Saturday at the ASCO meeting and published in The Lancet Oncology.

Kris also reported ties with several pharmaceutical firms.

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The U.S. National Cancer Institute has more on lung cancer.



SOURCES: June 5, 2010, teleconference with Mark G. Kris, M.D., chief, thoracic oncology service, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, New York City; Elisabeth Quoix, M.D., professor, medicine, University Hospital, Strasbourg, France; Yung-Jue Bang, M.D., Ph.D., professor, department of internal medicine, Seoul National University College of Medicine, Seoul, South Korea; June 5, 2010, presentations, American Society of Clinical Oncology annual meeting, Chicago; June 5, 2010, The Lancet Oncology, online


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