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ALIMTA First Chemotherapy Approved in Europe as Continuation Maintenance Therapy for Most Common Form of Lung Cancer
Date:10/28/2011

ely new concept in lung cancer treatment, in which patients start maintenance therapy immediately following their first-line treatments to try to maintain disease control. No other chemotherapy is currently approved in the "continuation maintenance" setting, in which one of the same medicines used in first-line treatment is continued as maintenance therapy. Previously approved maintenance therapies in lung cancer use different medicines in the first-line and maintenance phases of treatment.

About NSCLC

Globally, lung cancer is the most common form of cancer and the biggest killer, causing 1.3 million cancer deaths annually.(2) About 85 – 90 percent of all lung cancers are NSCLC.(3) The liver, bones and brain are potential targets if the cancerous cells enter the bloodstream.

NSCLC comprises a group of histologies or tumor types differentiated by cellular structure. Nonsquamous histology includes adenocarcinoma,(4) as well as histologies classified as 'other.'

About Lilly Oncology, a Division of Eli Lilly and Company

For more than four decades, Lilly Oncology, a division of Eli Lilly and Company, has been dedicated to delivering innovative solutions that improve the care of people living with cancer.  Because no two cancer patients are alike, Lilly Oncology is committed to developing novel treatment approaches. To learn more about Lilly's commitment to cancer, please visit www.LillyOncology.com.

About Eli Lilly and Company

Lilly, a leading innovation-driven corporation, is developing a growing portfolio of pharmaceutical products by applying the latest research from its own worldwide laboratories and from collaborations with eminent scientific organizations. Headquartered in Indianapolis, Ind., Lilly provides answers – through medicines and information – for some of the world's most urgent medical needs.

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