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Lilly Presents New Data in Advanced Melanoma - A Difficult-To-Treat Cancer That Causes Majority of Skin Cancer Deaths
Date:5/20/2010

low red blood cell count).  Non-hematologic toxicities included fatigue, mucositis (inflammation of the mucous membrane) and stomatitis (inflammation of the mucous lining).

Tasisulam was granted orphan drug status for stage 2b-IV melanoma by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in late 2009.

"Encouraging results from these studies are confirmation that Lilly Oncology is moving in the right direction towards finding innovative solutions for difficult-to-treat cancers," said Richard Gaynor, M.D., vice president, product development and medical affairs at Lilly Oncology. "These studies are in keeping with Lilly's dedication to addressing patient populations that are most in need."

In total, there will be 13 studies presented at ASCO evaluating Lilly pipeline molecules.  Lilly has one of the largest oncology pipelines in the industry, with more than 20 molecules being evaluated for use in a wide range of cancers.

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About Melanoma

Melanoma is the deadliest form of skin cancer and is frequently attributed to exposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation.(1)  Although U.S. incidence rates for many cancers have been on the decline, new cases of melanoma have been increasing for the past 30 years.(2)  Recent estimates suggest that more than 68,000 people are diagnosed annually in the U.S. with melanoma.(2)  Melanoma has a pathological staging system, starting at 0 and rising to the severity of stage IV.(3)  The cancer can metastasize, or spread rapidly, moving from the skin to the blood and lymphatic vessels, and then on to the rest of the body.(1)

About Lilly Oncology

For more than four decades, Lilly Oncology, a division of E
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