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Nexavar Significantly Extends Overall Survival by 44% in Liver,Cancer Patients

2, VEGFR-3, PDGFR-B, KIT, FLT-3 and RET. Preclinical models have also demonstrated that the Raf/MEK/ERK pathway has a role in HCC; therefore blocking signaling through Raf-1 may offer therapeutic benefits in HCC.

Nexavar is currently approved in more than 50 countries, including the United States and those in the European Union, for the treatment of patients with advanced kidney cancer. In Europe, Nexavar is approved for the treatment of patients with advanced renal cell carcinoma (RCC) who have failed prior interferon-alpha or interleukin-2 based therapy or are considered unsuitable for such therapy. Nexavar is also being evaluated by the companies, international study groups, government agencies and/or individual investigators as a single agent or combination treatment in a wide range of other cancers, including adjuvant therapy for kidney cancer, metastatic melanoma, breast cancer and non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC). The Phase 3 ESCAPE (Evaluation of sorafenib, carboplatin, and paclitaxel efficacy in NSCLC) trial recently completed enrollment of more than 900 previously untreated patients with NSCLC of all histologies.

"HCC is the second tumor type in which Nexavar has demonstrated a clinical benefit. We intend to move swiftly with our partner Onyx to file these data for health authority review," said Susan Kelley, MD, Vice President, Therapeutic Area Oncology, Bayer HealthCare Pharmaceuticals. "Our strategy of leveraging the unique attributes of Nexavar, the only approved orally administered anti-angiogenic that targets the Raf pathway, has led to a robust ongoing clinical program that could bring the potent cancer fighting properties of this oral multi-kinase inhibitor to an even broader number of patients in the coming years."

Important Safety Considerations for U.S. Patients Taking Nexavar

Based on the currently approved package insert for the treatment of patients with advanced kidney cancer, hypertension may occur early in the
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