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Pharmion and MethylGene Start Phase 2 Combination Clinical Trial With MGCD0103 and Vidaza(R) in Patients With Relapsed or Refractory Hodgkin Lymphoma or Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma
Date:1/9/2008

targeting two separate epigenetic pathways simultaneously, the combination of drugs targeting DNA methylation and histone deacetylation can either increase the susceptibility of cancer cells to standard chemotherapy or act as a potent therapeutic regimen in its own right.

About Hodgkin Lymphoma

Hodgkin lymphoma (HL) is a cancer of the lymphatic system that begins in the lymph nodes and progresses to other organs, including the lungs, liver, bone and bone marrow. It is characterized by the presence of Reed-Sternberg cells. Currently, there is no known cause of the disease, but epigenetic alterations including changes in histone acetylation, have been identified. In addition, the Epstein-Barr virus, HIV and familial history are known risk factors. The disease is slightly more prevalent in men than women, and the median age of diagnosis is 38.

About Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma

Non-Hodgkin lymphoma (NHL) are any of a large group of cancers of the immune system. NHLs can occur at any age and are often marked by enlarged lymph nodes, fever, and weight loss. There are many different types of NHL, which can be divided into aggressive (fast-growing) and indolent (slow-growing) types and can be classified as either B-cell or T-cell NHL. B-cell NHLs include Burkitt lymphoma, diffuse large B-cell lymphoma, follicular lymphoma, immunoblastic large cell lymphoma, precursor B-lymphoblastic lymphoma, and mantle cell lymphoma. T-cell NHLs include mycosis fungoides, anaplastic large cell lymphoma, and precursor

T-lymphoblastic lymphoma. Lymphomas related to lymphoproliferative disorders following bone marrow or stem cell transplantation are usually B-cell NHLs. Currently, there is no known cause of the disease, but epigenetic alterations including histone acetylation, have been identified. In addition, the Epstein-Barr virus, HIV, Hepatitis-C and familial history are known risk factors.

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