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Lung Cancer Drug effective in extending lives

4 has already been proved in the phase II trials against prostate and ovarian cancer.

Mark McKeage of the University of Auckland, one of the researchers, said: "It is great to see this large survival benefit with AS1404 in lung cancer patients. This makes me feel very optimistic as we progress into phase III testing."

Professor Alex Markham, chief executive of Cancer Research UK, said: "Our drug development team played an integral role in the early development of the drug and we're delighted with this news. We look forward to seeing how the drug performs in a much larger number of patients." Over 100 agents have been put into trials since 1982. "Over the next five years we plan to double our activity and speed up the drug development process, getting even more new drugs into clinical trials," Professor Markham said.

Over 26,000 deaths are caused by NSCLC in Britain every year.
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