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Gemcitabine is the active ingredient in a drug that is used to treat pancreatic cancer that is advanced or has spread. It is also used together with other drugs to treat breast cancer that has spread, advanced ovarian cancer, and non-small cell lung cancer that is advanced or has spread. It is also being studied in the treatment of other types of cancer. Gemcitabine blocks the cell from making DNA and may kill cancer cells. It is a type of antimetabolite
FDA, EMA accept filing applications for Boehringer Ingelheim's afatinib to treat patients with advanced SCC of the lung

FDA, EMA accept filing applications for Boehringer Ingelheim's afatinib to treat patients with advanced SCC of the lung

Boehringer Ingelheim today announced that both the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the European Medicines Agency have accepted filing applications for afatinib for the treatment of patients with advanced squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) of the lung progressing after treatment with first-line chemotherapy. [More]
Researchers develop new way to personalize treatments for aggressive bladder cancer

Researchers develop new way to personalize treatments for aggressive bladder cancer

Researchers at UC Davis, in collaboration with colleagues at Jackson Laboratory, have developed a new way to personalize treatments for aggressive bladder cancer. [More]
Study: Omega-3 fatty acids may help improve treatment response, quality of life for patients with cancer

Study: Omega-3 fatty acids may help improve treatment response, quality of life for patients with cancer

Adding omega-3 fatty acids to anti-tumor medications may improve treatment response and quality of life for cancer patients according to a new study by researchers at the University Hospitals of Leicester in the United Kingdom. [More]
SQUIRE phase III study shows necitumumab improves median overall survival in squamous NSCLC patients

SQUIRE phase III study shows necitumumab improves median overall survival in squamous NSCLC patients

This week, Lancet Oncology reports results of a 1,093-person phase III clinical trial of the drug necitumumab (IMC-11F8) combined with chemotherapies gemcitabine and cisplatin against stage IV squamous non-small cell lung cancer. With addition of necitumumab, median overall survival was 11.5 months compared with median survival of 9.9 months with the two chemotherapies alone. [More]
Apatorsen added to first-line chemotherapy benefits metastatic bladder cancer patients

Apatorsen added to first-line chemotherapy benefits metastatic bladder cancer patients

OncoGenex Pharmaceuticals, Inc. announced that results from an exploratory analysis of the Phase 2 Borealis-1 trial showed that metastatic bladder cancer patients with poor prognostic features benefited from apatorsen 600mg added to first-line chemotherapy compared to chemotherapy alone. [More]
Decipher genomic analysis platform predicts tumor responsiveness to neoadjuvant chemotherapy in MIBC patients

Decipher genomic analysis platform predicts tumor responsiveness to neoadjuvant chemotherapy in MIBC patients

GenomeDx Biosciences today announced that the robust Decipher genomic analysis platform, successfully classified various subtypes of bladder cancer based on the genomic expression of certain biomarkers, including one type associated with resistance to cisplatin-based chemotherapy. Importantly, this unique genomic signature has potential as a tool to predict tumor responsiveness to neoadjuvant chemotherapy in patients with muscle-invasive bladder cancers (MIBC). [More]
Halozyme announces positive Phase 2 results of PEGPH20 drug for treating metastatic pancreatic cancer patients

Halozyme announces positive Phase 2 results of PEGPH20 drug for treating metastatic pancreatic cancer patients

Halozyme Therapeutics, Inc., a biotechnology company developing novel oncology and drug-delivery therapies, today announced interim findings from the ongoing phase 2 clinical study of its investigational new drug PEGPH20 for the potential treatment of patients with metastatic pancreatic cancer. [More]
PharmaEngine files NDA with Taiwan FDA for MM-398 to treat post-gemcitabine metastatic pancreatic cancer

PharmaEngine files NDA with Taiwan FDA for MM-398 to treat post-gemcitabine metastatic pancreatic cancer

PharmaEngine, Inc. today announced that a New Drug Application (NDA) has been submitted to the Taiwan Food and Drug Administration (TFDA) for MM-398 (irinotecan liposome injection, also known as nal-IRI) in patients with metastatic adenocarcinoma of the pancreas who have been previously treated with gemcitabine-based therapy. [More]
Clinical utility of Caris Molecular Intelligence in five studies to be presented at ASCO 2015

Clinical utility of Caris Molecular Intelligence in five studies to be presented at ASCO 2015

Caris Life Sciences, a leading biotechnology company focused on fulfilling the promise of precision medicine, today announced the presentation of data from five studies that demonstrate the clinical utility of Caris Molecular Intelligence®, the company's panomic comprehensive tumor profiling service, in helping to identify targeted treatment options for patients with rare and/or aggressive tumors. [More]
Ventana, Halozyme partner to develop companion diagnostic assay for cancer treatment

Ventana, Halozyme partner to develop companion diagnostic assay for cancer treatment

Halozyme Therapeutics, Inc. and Ventana Medical Systems, Inc., a member of the Roche Group, announced today a global agreement to collaborate on the development of, and for Ventana to ultimately commercialize, a companion diagnostic assay for use with Halozyme's investigational new drug, PEGPH20 [More]
Positive clinical data of CytRx's aldoxorubicin to be presented at ASCO 2015

Positive clinical data of CytRx's aldoxorubicin to be presented at ASCO 2015

CytRx Corporation, a biopharmaceutical research and development company specializing in oncology, today announced an upcoming poster presentation regarding its lead drug candidate, aldoxorubicin, at the 2015 American Society of Clinical Oncology Annual Meeting, which is being held May 29 - June 2, 2015 in Chicago. [More]
Stereotactic body radiotherapy appears to be safe, effective for some pancreatic cancer patients

Stereotactic body radiotherapy appears to be safe, effective for some pancreatic cancer patients

Two studies from Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center researchers add to preliminary evidence that high-dose radiation treatment, called stereotactic body radiotherapy, appears to be safe and as effective as standard radiation treatment for certain patients with pancreatic cancer whose tumors are advanced but have not spread. [More]
Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany granted FDA Fast Track designation for development of evofosfamide

Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany granted FDA Fast Track designation for development of evofosfamide

Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany, a leading company for innovative and top-quality high-tech products in healthcare, life science and performance materials today announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has granted Fast Track designation for the development of evofosfamide (previously known as TH-302), administered in combination with gemcitabine, for the treatment of previously untreated patients with metastatic or locally advanced unresectable pancreatic cancer. [More]
Oncolytics' REOLYSIN granted EMA Orphan Drug Designation for pancreatic cancer treatment

Oncolytics' REOLYSIN granted EMA Orphan Drug Designation for pancreatic cancer treatment

Oncolytics Biotech Inc., a clinical-stage biotechnology company focused on the development of oncolytic viruses as potential cancer therapeutics, today announced that the European Medicines Agency has granted Orphan Drug Designation for its lead product candidate, REOLYSIN, for the treatment of pancreatic cancer. [More]
Merrimack completes submission of MM-398 NDA for treatment of post-gemcitabine metastatic pancreatic cancer

Merrimack completes submission of MM-398 NDA for treatment of post-gemcitabine metastatic pancreatic cancer

Merrimack Pharmaceuticals, Inc. and Baxter International Inc. today jointly announced that Merrimack has completed the rolling submission of the New Drug Application (NDA) for MM-398 (irinotecan liposome injection), also known as "nal-IRI," to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. [More]
Oncologists publish review of advanced clinical treatments for pancreatic cancer

Oncologists publish review of advanced clinical treatments for pancreatic cancer

The oncologists Manuel Hidalgo, Director of the Clinical Research Programme of the Spanish National Cancer Research Centre, and Ignacio Garrido-Laguna, member of the Experimental Therapeutics Program at Huntsman Cancer Institute of the University of Utah (USA), have recently published a review of state-of-the-art clinical treatments for pancreatic cancer -- including the most current therapies and innovative research -- in the prestigious scientific journal Nature Reviews Clinical Oncology. [More]
Ibrutinib (IMBRUVICA) may be effective for pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma

Ibrutinib (IMBRUVICA) may be effective for pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma

Ibrutinib (IMBRUVICA) data presented yesterday by Pharmacyclics, Inc. at the American Association for Cancer Research Annual Meeting suggest that ibrutinib may be an effective therapeutic option for pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma (PDAC), as shown in both a transgenic mouse model and an in-vivo model of patient-derived xenograft (PDX) mice (grafts of tissue taken from a pancreatic cancer patient and grafted into a mouse). [More]
Caris Life Sciences study may have potentially significant benefit in patients with uterine cancer

Caris Life Sciences study may have potentially significant benefit in patients with uterine cancer

Caris Life Sciences today announced the presentation of a study that found drugs targeting specific pathways may have potentially significant benefit in a select subset of patients with uterine cancer. The study results were highlighted today in an oral presentation in a Plenary Session at the Society of Gynecologic Oncology 2015 Annual Meeting on Women's Cancer in Chicago, Ill. [More]
Pancreatic cancer cells know a way to sidestep chemotherapy, reveal Fox Chase researchers

Pancreatic cancer cells know a way to sidestep chemotherapy, reveal Fox Chase researchers

Pancreatic cancer is one of the deadliest forms of the disease. The American Cancer Society's most recent estimates for 2014 show that over 46,000 people will be diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and more than 39,000 will die from it. Now, research led by Timothy J. Yen, PhD, Professor at Fox Chase Cancer Center, reveals that one reason this deadly form of cancer can be so challenging to treat is because its cells have found a way to sidestep chemotherapy. [More]
SRS fails to improve survival for NSCLC brain metastases patients

SRS fails to improve survival for NSCLC brain metastases patients

Phase III trial findings suggest that carrying out stereotactic radiosurgery before chemotherapy does not improve overall survival for non-small-cell lung cancer patients with asymptomatic brain metastases compared with chemotherapy alone. [More]
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