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Latest RAD001 Study Results Show Further Increase in Time Without Tumor Growth in Patients With Advanced Kidney Cancer
Date:9/15/2008

is an investigational drug being studied in multiple tumor types. In cancer cells, RAD001 provides continuous inhibition of mTOR, a protein that acts as a central regulator of tumor cell division, cell metabolism and blood vessel growth. If approved, RAD001 will become the first oral, once-daily therapy that targets mTOR to treat advanced kidney cancer.

The safety and efficacy profile of RAD001 has not yet been established in oncology and there is no guarantee that RAD001 will become commercially available for oncology indications. The active ingredient in RAD001 is everolimus, which is available in different dosage strengths under the trade name Certican(R) for the prevention of organ rejection in heart and kidney transplant recipients. Certican was first approved in the EU in 2003.

In addition to renal cell carcinoma (RCC), RAD001 is being evaluated as a single agent or in combination with existing therapies in neuroendocrine tumors, lymphoma, breast, gastric, lung and other cancers, as well as tuberous sclerosis.

About renal cell carcinoma (RCC)

In the US, kidney cancer accounts for approximately 3% of all adult cancers. RCC, the most common type of kidney cancer, accounts for approximately 90% of malignant kidney tumors. In RCC, cancer cells develop in the lining of the kidney's tubes and grow into a tumor.

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