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Video: Data on More Than 15 Novartis Oncology Compounds at ASCO Highlight Progress Toward Targeted Therapies for Diverse Tumor Types
Date:5/27/2009

- Oral presentation on Sandostatin(R) LAR Depot Phase III data shows significant antitumor benefit in patients with advanced neuroendocrine tumors of the midgut

- Early data show that at eight weeks of treatment, Afinitor(R) stabilized or reduced tumor size in 61% of patients with advanced liver cancer

- New data reveal postmenopausal women with breast cancer taking Femara(R) experience better cognitive function than those taking tamoxifen

- Phase II data show potential of Glivec(R) in treating patients with advanced KIT-mutated melanoma; other Novartis data on advanced melanoma also presented

EAST HANOVER, N.J., May 28 /PRNewswire/ -- Novartis announced today that data on more than 15 compounds in its robust oncology portfolio will be included at the 2009 American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) annual meeting. These studies provide new research on multiple tumor types and rare cancers.

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"Our strong presence at ASCO showcases our continued progress in developing innovative therapies for patients with cancer through our comprehensive discovery and development program," said David Epstein, President and CEO, Novartis Oncology, Novartis Molecular Diagnostics. "We look forward to continuing to explore novel ways to help patients in need of new treatments."

Sandostatin LAR in metastatic neuroendocrine midgut tumors

Data from the PROMID study (abstract #4508)* show Sandostatin(R) LAR Depot (octreotide acetate for injectable suspension) demonstrated a significant antitumor effect in patients with metastatic neuroendocrine tumors (NET) of the midgut(1).

Sandostatin LAR, when compared to placebo, more than doubled time without tumor growth (15.6 m
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