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New Analyses Presented at ASCO Reaffirmed Efficacy and Safety of TORISEL in Patients With Advanced Kidney Cancer
Date:5/31/2008

d safety of TORISEL for the treatment of advanced RCC patients. Wyeth is committed to the continued exploration of mTOR inhibition with TORISEL for the treatment of a variety of cancers," says Joseph S. Camardo, M.D., Senior Vice President, Global Medical Affairs, Wyeth Pharmaceuticals.

Abstract 5050: Exploratory Analysis of the Influence of Nephrectomy Status on Temsirolimus Efficacy in Patients With Advanced Renal Cell Carcinoma and Poor-Risk Features

This retrospective subgroup analysis evaluated whether the nephrectomy status (whether or not patients had undergone surgery for removal of the affected kidney) of patients with advanced RCC enrolled in the pivotal phase 3 study had an effect on the observed overall survival benefit of TORISEL compared with interferon-alpha. Investigators determined that both overall survival and progression-free survival were longer for patients treated with TORISEL compared with those treated with interferon-alpha, regardless of whether they had undergone nephrectomy. In addition, among patients who had not undergone nephrectomy, more patients treated with TORISEL showed reductions in the size of their primary kidney tumor than those treated with interferon-alpha (58% vs. 31%).

Abstract 5116: Characterization of Hyperglycemia, Hypercholesterolemia and Hyperlipidemia in Patients With Advanced Renal Cell Carcinoma Treated With Temsirolimus or Interferon-Alpha

Another analysis presented at the ASCO meeting examined specific side effects seen in the pivotal phase 3 study of TORISEL for advanced RCC, including high levels of blood glucose (hyperglycemia), cholesterol (hypercholesterolemia), and lipids (hyperlipidemia). More patients treated with TORISEL, either with or without diabetes, developed hyperglycemia of grade 2 or higher (P=0.002 for diabetic patients, P=0.001 for non-diabetic patients), compared with those treated with interferon-alpha. TORISEL also was associated with the development of hyperchole
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