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Irinotecan hydrochloride is approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to be used with other drugs to treat colorectal cancer that has metastasized (spread to other parts of the body). It is also approved to treat metastatic colorectal cancer that has recurred (come back) or gotten worse after earlier chemotherapy. In addition to the uses that have been approved by the FDA, irinotecan hydrochloride is sometimes used to treat other types of cancer. Irinotecan hydrochloride is also being studied in the treatment of other types of cancer.
Amrubicin regimen inferior to irinotecan for extensive SCLC

Amrubicin regimen inferior to irinotecan for extensive SCLC

Irinotecan plus cisplatin remains the gold standard for Japanese patients with extensive small-cell lung cancer, say researchers, after amrubicin plus cisplatin failed to improve survival in their randomised phase III trial. [More]
Tgen professor to receive 2014 Hope Funds Award for developing numerous cancer treatments

Tgen professor to receive 2014 Hope Funds Award for developing numerous cancer treatments

Dr. Daniel D. Von Hoff, who has been instrumental in developing numerous new cancer treatments, is among this year's recipients of the Award of Excellence from the Hope Funds for Cancer Research. [More]
Dr. Daniel D. Von Hoff named one of ASCO's 50 Oncology Luminaries

Dr. Daniel D. Von Hoff named one of ASCO's 50 Oncology Luminaries

In association with its 50th anniversary, the American Society of Clinical Oncology has named Dr. Daniel D. Von Hoff one of ASCO's 50 Oncology Luminaries, celebrating 50 doctors who over the past half-century have significantly advanced cancer care. [More]
Bayer enrolls patients for Phase III trial of Stivarga (regorafenib) tablets in colorectal cancer

Bayer enrolls patients for Phase III trial of Stivarga (regorafenib) tablets in colorectal cancer

Bayer HealthCare today announced that the company has begun to enroll patients in the COAST trial studying Stivarga® (regorafenib) tablets in colorectal cancer (CRC) patients with resected liver metastases. [More]
Researchers find biological weakness in the workings of mutated gene involved in human cancers

Researchers find biological weakness in the workings of mutated gene involved in human cancers

NYU Langone Medical Center researchers have found a biological weakness in the workings of the most commonly mutated gene involved in human cancers, known as mutant K-Ras, which they say can be exploited by drug chemotherapies to thwart tumor growth. [More]
Etoposide plus cisplatin remains best for limited-stage SCLC

Etoposide plus cisplatin remains best for limited-stage SCLC

Etoposide plus cisplatin, given alongside accelerated hyperfractionated thoracic radiotherapy, remains the gold standard regimen for patients with limited-stage small-cell lung cancer, Japanese researchers say. [More]
Agenus' Prophage vaccine Phase 2 study hailed in Neuro-Oncology journal

Agenus' Prophage vaccine Phase 2 study hailed in Neuro-Oncology journal

Agenus Inc., a biotechnology company developing novel immune system activating treatments for cancers and infectious diseases, announced that Phase 2 results of Prophage G-200 vaccine in recurrent patients with glioblastoma multiforme were hailed as 'exciting' and a 'very promising therapy' in an editorial published in Neuro-Oncology, the leading journal of the Society of Neuro-Oncology. [More]

Research confirms superior antitumor activity of novel anticancer agent FL118

A team led by Fengzhi Li, PhD, of Roswell Park Cancer Institute has reported significant new findings regarding the chemical structure of the novel anticancer agent FL118. The research, which included comparative analysis of the agent and several similar compounds, confirms the broad, superior antitumor activity of FL118 and suggests promising directions for further studies. [More]
European Commission approves update of Erbitux  to treat patients with RAS wild-type mCRC

European Commission approves update of Erbitux to treat patients with RAS wild-type mCRC

Merck Serono, the biopharmaceutical division of Merck, today announced that the European Commission has approved the Type II variation to amend the Erbitux(cetuximab) product information, updating the indication for Erbitux to the treatment of patients with RAS wild-type metastatic colorectal cancer (mCRC). [More]
Neuro-Oncology publishes promising phase 2 results from Agenus’ brain cancer vaccine study

Neuro-Oncology publishes promising phase 2 results from Agenus’ brain cancer vaccine study

Agenus Inc., a biotechnology company developing novel immune system activating treatments for cancers and infectious diseases, today announced results published from a Phase 2 study demonstrated that more than 90% of the patients treated with Prophage Series G-200 were alive at six months after surgery and 30% were alive at twelve months. [More]

CRAB CTC enrolls first patient into inaugural cancer clinical trial

Cancer Research And Biostatistics today announced enrollment of the first patient into the inaugural clinical trial sponsored by its Clinical Trials Consortium. The CRAB CTC mission is to ensure rapid clinical testing of new and innovative cancer treatments, and is focusing on lung cancer as its first target. By engaging frontline treating oncologists to push the boundaries of patient care, the aim is to improve the standard of care and extend overall survival. [More]
SillaJen executes definitive merger agreement to acquire Jennerex

SillaJen executes definitive merger agreement to acquire Jennerex

SillaJen, Inc., a privately-held biotherapeutics and contract research company focused on the development of targeted biological products for cancer, announced today that it had executed a definitive merger agreement to acquire San Francisco-based Jennerex, Inc. [More]
Research paves way towards personalized chronotherapy treatments

Research paves way towards personalized chronotherapy treatments

Cancer chronotherapy consists in administering treatment at an optimal time. Because the body is governed by precise biological rhythms, the efficacy of anti-cancer drugs can be doubled and their toxicity reduced five-fold depending on the exact timing of their administration. [More]
Biomarker analysis of Vectibix for mCRC published in New England Journal of Medicine

Biomarker analysis of Vectibix for mCRC published in New England Journal of Medicine

Amgen today announced the publication of a biomarker analysis of Vectibix (panitumumab) in combination with FOLFOX, a type of oxaliplatin-based chemotherapy, for the first-line treatment of patients with metastatic colorectal cancer. [More]
European Commission approves Stivarga tablets for treatment of patients with mCRC

European Commission approves Stivarga tablets for treatment of patients with mCRC

Bayer HealthCare and Onyx Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ: ONXX) announced today that the European Commission has approved Stivarga® (regorafenib) tablets for the treatment of adult patients with metastatic colorectal cancer (mCRC). [More]
Aflibercept drug shows minor added benefit for overall survival in colorectal cancer patients

Aflibercept drug shows minor added benefit for overall survival in colorectal cancer patients

The drug aflibercept (trade name: Zaltrap) has been approved in Germany since February 2013 in combination with a certain chemotherapy for adults with metastatic colorectal cancer in whom chemotherapy with oxaliplatin could not stop the disease from progressing. [More]
Bayer HealthCare to present new data on oncology portfolio at ASCO meeting

Bayer HealthCare to present new data on oncology portfolio at ASCO meeting

Bayer HealthCare announced today that new data on the oncology portfolio, including Nexavar (sorafenib) tablets, Stivarga (regorafenib) tablets and the recently U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved product Xofigo (radium Ra 223 dichloride) injection will be presented at the 49th Annual Meeting of the American Society of Clinical Oncology, May 31 – June 4, in Chicago, IL (USA). [More]
Bayer HealthCare: Patient enrollment underway in Phase III trial of Stivarga tablets for treatment of HCC

Bayer HealthCare: Patient enrollment underway in Phase III trial of Stivarga tablets for treatment of HCC

Bayer HealthCare announced today that patient enrollment is underway for RESORCE (Regorafenib after Sorafenib in Patients with Hepatocellular Carcinoma), an international Phase III trial to evaluate the efficacy and safety of Stivarga (regorafenib) tablets for the treatment of patients with hepatocellular carcinoma who have progressed on Nexavar (sorafenib) tablets, an anticancer medicine for the treatment of patients with unresectable HCC. [More]
Combination of cetuximab and chemotherapy improves tumor shrinkage, extends survival

Combination of cetuximab and chemotherapy improves tumor shrinkage, extends survival

New results from a clinical trial conducted in Shanghai, China, indicate that adding cetuximab (Erbitux) to standard chemotherapy enables some patients with otherwise inoperable liver metastases due to colorectal cancer have their metastases surgically removed. [More]

Taiho Pharmaceutical seeks Japanese approval for TAS-102 to treat colorectal cancer

Taiho Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd. announced on February 27 that it submitted an application on February 26 for approval of the manufacture and marketing of the novel oral nucleoside antitumor agent TAS-102 (combination of trifluorothymidine (FTD) and tipiracil hydrochloride (TPI)) to the Japanese Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare. [More]