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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
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]
FDA removes partial clinical hold on CytRx's aldoxorubicin clinical trials

FDA removes partial clinical hold on CytRx's aldoxorubicin clinical trials

CytRx Corporation, a biopharmaceutical research and development company specializing in oncology, today announced that the United States Food and Drug Administration has removed the partial clinical hold on the Company's aldoxorubicin clinical trials. [More]
CytRx reports positive interim results from aldoxorubicin Phase 2 trial for HIV-related Kaposi's Sarcoma

CytRx reports positive interim results from aldoxorubicin Phase 2 trial for HIV-related Kaposi's Sarcoma

CytRx Corporation, a biopharmaceutical research and development company specializing in oncology, today announced positive interim results from its ongoing Phase 2 clinical trial evaluating the safety and efficacy of aldoxorubicin for the treatment of Kaposi's Sarcoma (KS) in HIV-infected patients. [More]
CytRx reports positive interim results from aldoxorubicin Phase 2 trial for treatment of GBM

CytRx reports positive interim results from aldoxorubicin Phase 2 trial for treatment of GBM

CytRx Corporation, a biopharmaceutical research and development company specializing in oncology, today announced positive interim results from its ongoing Phase 2 clinical trial with aldoxorubicin for the treatment of unresectable glioblastoma multiforme (GBM), a deadly form of brain cancer. [More]
Sugar-based molecular microcapsule eliminates toxicity of anticancer agent

Sugar-based molecular microcapsule eliminates toxicity of anticancer agent

Johns Hopkins researchers have developed a sugar-based molecular microcapsule that eliminates the toxicity of an anticancer agent developed a decade ago at Johns Hopkins, called 3-bromopyruvate, or 3BrPA, in studies of mice with implants of human pancreatic cancer tissue. The encapsulated drug packed a potent anticancer punch, stopping the progression of tumors in the mice, but without the usual toxic effects. [More]
Johns Hopkins researchers discover new way to treat triple-negative breast cancer

Johns Hopkins researchers discover new way to treat triple-negative breast cancer

Triple-negative breast cancer is as bad as it sounds. The cells that form these tumors lack three proteins that would make the cancer respond to powerful, customized treatments. Instead, doctors are left with treating these patients with traditional chemotherapy drugs that only show long-term effectiveness in 20 percent of women with triple-negative breast cancer. [More]
CytRx's clinical trials for aldoxorubicin placed on partial clinical hold

CytRx's clinical trials for aldoxorubicin placed on partial clinical hold

CytRx Corporation, a biopharmaceutical research and development company specializing in oncology, today announced that the Company has received written notice from the United States Food and Drug Administration that its clinical trials for aldoxorubicin have been placed on partial clinical hold. [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]
CytRx provides overview of clinical development programs, reports 2014 Q3 financial results

CytRx provides overview of clinical development programs, reports 2014 Q3 financial results

CytRx Corporation (CYTR), a biopharmaceutical research and development company specializing in oncology, today reported financial results for the three months ended September 30, 2014, and also provided an overview of recent accomplishments by and upcoming milestones for its clinical development programs. [More]
SOFIE BIOSCIENCES awarded NCI Phase II SBIR contract to develop [18F]FAC PET

SOFIE BIOSCIENCES awarded NCI Phase II SBIR contract to develop [18F]FAC PET

SOFIE BIOSCIENCES, a leader in the field of Positron Emission Tomography (PET) imaging, including probes, scanners, and chemistry systems, announced today that the National Cancer Institute has awarded the company a Phase II Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) contract for approximately $1.5M over two years. [More]
CytRx begins Phase 1b trial of aldoxorubicin plus gemcitabine in patients with metastatic solid tumors

CytRx begins Phase 1b trial of aldoxorubicin plus gemcitabine in patients with metastatic solid tumors

CytRx Corporation, a biopharmaceutical research and development company specializing in oncology, today announced the initiation of enrollment in an open-label Phase 1b clinical trial designed to investigate the preliminary safety and activity of aldoxorubicin plus gemcitabine in subjects with metastatic solid tumors. [More]
Halozyme's PEGPH20 receives FDA Orphan Drug designation for treatment of pancreatic cancer

Halozyme's PEGPH20 receives FDA Orphan Drug designation for treatment of pancreatic cancer

Halozyme Therapeutics, Inc. today announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has granted Orphan Drug designation for PEGylated recombinant human hyaluronidase (PEGPH20) for the treatment of pancreatic cancer. [More]
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