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Innovative Compounds, Combination Therapies Improve Care of Patients with Wide Range of Blood Disorders
Date:12/8/2013

NEW ORLEANS, Dec. 8, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A series of studies presented today during the 55th American Society of Hematology Annual Meeting and Exposition in New Orleans uncover promising efficacy and safety results for several unique compounds and combination treatments, each aimed at improving long-term outcomes for patients with blood disorders ranging from clots to cancer.

Recent advances have helped hematologists better understand the cellular activity of blood cancers and non-malignant blood disorders. These developments have paved the way for the development of new molecules that selectively target disease-causing mechanisms and, as a result, may improve treatment success. Furthermore, researchers are now identifying combinations of existing therapies, in addition to new targeted therapies, that can more effectively prevent disease progression while reducing the toxic side effects of current standard treatments.

The encouraging efficacy of these novel therapies in patients has allowed researchers to focus on developing strategies that aim to increase patients' long-term survival while reducing toxicity. For example, several new investigational therapies being discussed in today's press conference have been designed to target specific proteins on the cell surface that fuel cancer growth. Additional studies look at existing anti-cancer compounds in new ways to better understand drug interactions, reduce toxicity, increase response rates and improve outcomes among patients with disease that might be resistant to current treatments. Yet another study harnesses the therapeutic value of clot-busting snake venom, translating it into a powerful new investigational therapy.

"Our research efforts in hematology continue to focus on identifying 'next-generation' treatments that will make treatment easier and more tolerable for patients with blood disorders," said '/>"/>

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