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Docetaxel is approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to be used alone or with other drugs to treat certain types of breast and non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC). It is also approved to be used with other drugs to treat squamous cell carcinoma of the head and neck (SCCHN) and certain types of gastric and prostate cancer.

Docetaxel is a semi-synthetic, second-generation taxane derived from a compound found in the European yew tree Taxus baccata. Docetaxel displays potent and broad antineoplastic properties; it binds to and stabilizes tubulin, thereby inhibiting microtubule disassembly which results in cell- cycle arrest at the G2/M phase and cell death. This agent also inhibits pro-angiogenic factors such as vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) and displays immunomodulatory and pro-inflammatory properties by inducing various mediators of the inflammatory response. Docetaxel has been studied for use as a radiation-sensitizing agent.
AR-V7 status does not affect response to taxane chemotherapy in patients with mCRPC

AR-V7 status does not affect response to taxane chemotherapy in patients with mCRPC

Findings from a small prospective study suggest that androgen receptor V7 (or AR-V7) status does not significantly affect response to taxane chemotherapy in men with metastatic castration-resistant prostate cancer (mCRPC). Treatment outcomes were largely similar for the 17 patients with AR-V7-positive prostate cancer and the 20 patients with AR-V7-negative disease included in this analysis. [More]
Cabazitaxel therapy may be more effective in treating prostate cancer

Cabazitaxel therapy may be more effective in treating prostate cancer

Prostate cancer is the second leading cause of cancer for men in the United States. Only one class of chemotherapy called taxanes is effective against the disease. [More]

Hospira announces record fourth-quarter and FY 2014 results

Hospira, Inc., the world's leading provider of injectable drugs and infusion technologies, and a global leader in biosimilars, today reported results for the fourth quarter and full year ended Dec. 31, 2014. [More]
Study shows targeted therapeutic after chemotherapy kills transitional cancer cells

Study shows targeted therapeutic after chemotherapy kills transitional cancer cells

Timing may be decisive when it comes to overcoming cancer's ability to evade treatment. By hitting breast cancer cells with a targeted therapeutic immediately after chemotherapy, researchers from Brigham and Women's Hospital (BWH) were able to target cancer cells during a transitional stage when they were most vulnerable, killing cells and shrinking tumors in the lab and in pre-clinical models. [More]
LUME-Lung 1 shows QoL, symptoms benefits

LUME-Lung 1 shows QoL, symptoms benefits

LUME-Lung 1 trial patients’ reports of symptoms and health-related quality of life support the use of second-line nintedanib for the treatment of advanced non-small-cell lung cancer. [More]
Celator Pharmaceuticals' CPX-351 receives FDA Fast Track designation for secondary AML treatment

Celator Pharmaceuticals' CPX-351 receives FDA Fast Track designation for secondary AML treatment

Celator Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a biopharmaceutical company that is transforming the science of combination therapy and developing products to improve patient outcomes in cancer, today announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration granted Fast Track designation for CPX-351 (cytarabine:daunorubicin) for the treatment of elderly patients with secondary Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML). [More]
OncoGenex executes initial agreement with Teva to regain rights to custirsen

OncoGenex executes initial agreement with Teva to regain rights to custirsen

OncoGenex Pharmaceuticals, Inc. today announced that it has executed an initial agreement with Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd. to regain rights to custirsen, an investigational compound currently being evaluated in Phase 3 clinical development as a treatment for prostate and lung cancers. [More]
Lilly receives FDA approval for CYRAMZA (ramucirumab)

Lilly receives FDA approval for CYRAMZA (ramucirumab)

Eli Lilly and Company has received its third U.S. Food and Drug Administration approval for CYRAMZA (ramucirumab). [More]
Myriad Genetics highlights three new studies at SABCS 2014

Myriad Genetics highlights three new studies at SABCS 2014

Myriad Genetics, Inc. today announced results from a new study that demonstrated the ability of the myRisk Hereditary Cancer test to detect 105 percent more mutations in cancer causing genes than conventional BRCA testing alone. The Company also presented two key studies in triple negative breast cancer (TNBC) that show the myChoice HRD test accurately predicted response to platinum-based therapy in patients with early-stage TNBC and that the BRACAnalysis molecular diagnostic test significantly predicted response to platinum-based drugs in patients with metastatic TNBC. [More]
BeyondSpring Pharmaceuticals plans to initiate Plinabulin Phase 3 pivotal trial in NSCLC patients

BeyondSpring Pharmaceuticals plans to initiate Plinabulin Phase 3 pivotal trial in NSCLC patients

BeyondSpring Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a clinical stage biopharmaceutical company focused on the development of innovative cancer therapies, today announced that it plans to initiate a Phase 3 pivotal trial of lead product candidate, Plinabulin, in patients with non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) in the first quarter of 2015. [More]
Biomarker-directed chemotherapy detrimental in NSCLC

Biomarker-directed chemotherapy detrimental in NSCLC

Treating non-small-cell lung cancer patients with chemotherapy customised according to expression of BRCA1 and receptor-associated protein 80 does not improve progression-free survival compared with nonselected, cisplatin-based chemotherapy, show study findings. [More]
Zytiga is commonly prescribed for second-line treatment of mCRPC patients

Zytiga is commonly prescribed for second-line treatment of mCRPC patients

Decision Resources Group finds that Johnson & Johnson/Janssen Biotech/Janssen Cilag/AstraZeneca's Zytiga is the clear agent of choice for second-line treatment of metastatic castrate-resistant prostate cancer (mCRPC) patients, according to surveyed oncologists from France, Germany, Italy, Spain, and the United Kingdom (EU5). [More]
Eisai, Helsinn Group announce FDA approval of AKYNZEO for prevention of CINV

Eisai, Helsinn Group announce FDA approval of AKYNZEO for prevention of CINV

Helsinn Group and Eisai Inc. announced today that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved AKYNZEO® for the prevention of acute and delayed nausea and vomiting associated with initial and repeat courses of cancer chemotherapy, including, but not limited to, highly emetogenic chemotherapy. [More]
Pemetrexed/docetaxel with cisplatin achieve similar progression-free survival in NSCLC patients

Pemetrexed/docetaxel with cisplatin achieve similar progression-free survival in NSCLC patients

The first direct comparison of treating non-squamous lung cancer with either pemetrexed or docetaxel in addition to cisplatin has shown that the two combinations achieve similar progression-free survival, although docetaxel was associated with more frequent adverse events. [More]
Ramucirumab effective second-line option for NSCLC

Ramucirumab effective second-line option for NSCLC

The monoclonal antibody ramucirumab, when added to second-line docetaxel, significantly improves the overall survival of patients with stage IV non-small-cell lung cancer, show the findings of the REVEL trial. [More]
EGFR biomarkers predict NSCLC response to vandetanib

EGFR biomarkers predict NSCLC response to vandetanib

Biomarker analyses of tumour samples from the ZODIAC study indicate that epidermal growth factor receptor gene copy number and mutation status may help identify the non-small-cell lung cancer patients most likely to benefit from treatment with vandetanib plus docetaxel. [More]
Merck reports results from global EMEND Phase 3 study for CINV prevention in pediatric cancer patients

Merck reports results from global EMEND Phase 3 study for CINV prevention in pediatric cancer patients

Merck, known as MSD outside the United States and Canada, today announced results from a global, investigational Phase 3 study to evaluate the safety and efficacy of EMEND (aprepitant) in the prevention of chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting (CINV) in pediatric cancer patients, aged 6 months to 17 years. [More]
BIND Therapeutics inks research agreement with Roche to discover novel nanomedicines

BIND Therapeutics inks research agreement with Roche to discover novel nanomedicines

BIND Therapeutics, Inc., a clinical-stage nanomedicine platform company developing targeted and programmable therapeutics called Accurins, today announced that it has entered into a research agreement with Roche to discover novel nanomedicines using Accurins for the treatment of diseases in therapeutic areas outside of oncology. [More]

Protein test predicts NSCLC survival benefit for chemotherapy over erlotinib

Italian study results confirm that a multivariate serum protein test predicts improved survival after treatment with chemotherapy versus erlotinib for non-small-cell lung cancer, but only among patients who are likely to have a poor outcome with the latter treatment type. [More]
Survival differences after docetaxel, erlotinib are EGFR dependent

Survival differences after docetaxel, erlotinib are EGFR dependent

Results from the DELTA trial indicate no significant differences in progression-free or overall survival after treatment with docetaxel versus erlotinib in non-small-cell lung cancer patients unselected for their epidermal growth factor receptor mutation status. [More]