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Late-Breaking Data Highlighting Research Advances in Several Blood Disorders to Be Presented At the American Society of Hematology Annual Meeting
Date:12/6/2008

survival was defined as death from any cause between the date of randomization and longest amount of follow-up available. All analyses were pre-specified in a peer-reviewed protocol, and an independent steering committee agreed on all analyses and interpretations.

The study found that in all patients with cancer, the use of ESAs increased on-study mortality by 17 percent (factor 1.17) and worsened overall survival by 6 percent (1.06). For patients undergoing chemotherapy, the increase in on-study mortality and overall survival was less pronounced (10 percent, or factor 1.10, and 4 percent, or factor 1.04, respectively). This study found that the risks associated with ESAs must be balanced against the benefits for the individual patient when treating chemotherapy -- induced anemia.

American Society of Hematology 50thAnnual Meeting

The study authors and press program moderator will be available for interviews after the press conference or by telephone. Additional press briefings will take place throughout the meeting on combating blood clots, therapeutic strategies for platelet disorders, and improvements in stem cell therapies.

The American Society of Hematology (www.hematology.org) is the world's largest professional society concerned with the causes and treatment of blood disorders. Its mission is to further the understanding, diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of disorders affecting blood, bone marrow, and the immunologic, hemostatic, and vascular systems, by promoting research, clinical care, education, training, and advocacy in hematology. In September, ASH launched Blood:The Vital Connection (www.bloodthevitalconnection.org), a credible online resource addressing bleeding and clotting disorders, anemia, and cancer. It provides hematologist-approved information about these blood c
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