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A protein kinase inhibitor is a type of enzyme inhibitor that specifically blocks the action of one or more protein kinases.
Researchers discover Hedgehog signaling pathway is key to formation of gastrointestinal stromal tumors

Researchers discover Hedgehog signaling pathway is key to formation of gastrointestinal stromal tumors

Researchers at University of California San Diego School of Medicine and Mayo Clinic provide the first evidence that the Hedgehog signaling pathway is central to the formation of gastrointestinal stromal tumors (GIST), which are frequently driven by the KIT oncogene. [More]
High out-of-pocket costs may delay Medicare patients' access to novel targeted treatment for cancer

High out-of-pocket costs may delay Medicare patients' access to novel targeted treatment for cancer

Significant out-of-pocket costs that cancer patients can face before Medicare insurance drug benefits kick in may delay the patients' treatment with a novel class of targeted therapies, according to a University of North Carolina Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center-led study. [More]
New drug holds potential for treating advanced mastocytosis

New drug holds potential for treating advanced mastocytosis

Most people have never heard of mastocytosis. It's a rare, sometimes deadly, immune disorder. Now new research may help those with advanced mastocytosis and possibly many more people, too. [More]
Researchers discover novel neuroprotection strategies to slow progression of Parkinson's disease

Researchers discover novel neuroprotection strategies to slow progression of Parkinson's disease

Using a robust model for Parkinson's disease, University of Alabama at Birmingham researchers and colleagues have discovered an interaction in neurons that contributes to Parkinson's disease, and they have shown that drugs now under development may block the process. [More]
Leukemia drug increases brain dopamine, lowers toxic proteins linked to Parkinson's or dementia

Leukemia drug increases brain dopamine, lowers toxic proteins linked to Parkinson's or dementia

A small phase I study provides molecular evidence that an FDA-approved drug for leukemia significantly increased brain dopamine and reduced toxic proteins linked to disease progression in patients with Parkinson's disease or dementia with Lewy bodies. [More]
ALK fusion variants could influence NSCLC crizotinib response

ALK fusion variants could influence NSCLC crizotinib response

In non-small-cell lung cancer patients with anaplastic lymphoma kinase rearrangement treated with crizotinib, progression-free survival varies according to the ALK fusion variant. [More]
Cabozantinib extends advanced RCC overall survival

Cabozantinib extends advanced RCC overall survival

Patients with advanced or metastatic renal cell carcinoma derive a significant overall survival benefit from second-line treatment with the multi-tyrosine kinase inhibitor cabozantinib relative to everolimus. [More]
Salvage alloSCT remains option for progressing CML patients

Salvage alloSCT remains option for progressing CML patients

Research demonstrates the continuing role of allogeneic stem cell transplantation as a salvage option for patients with chronic myeloid leukaemia who progress to accelerated phase or blast crisis after tyrosine kinase inhibitor failure. [More]
Maintenance TKI therapy 'feasible' for high-risk CML patients after allogeneic HSCT

Maintenance TKI therapy 'feasible' for high-risk CML patients after allogeneic HSCT

Patients with high-risk chronic myeloid leukaemia who undergo allogeneic haematopoietic stem cell transplantation may benefit from continuing with tyrosine kinase inhibitor therapy, US clinicians believe. [More]
Long-term dasatinib findings support first-line use in CML

Long-term dasatinib findings support first-line use in CML

Final DASISION study findings confirm dasatinib to be an effective, long-term treatment for patients with a new diagnosis of chronic phase-chronic myeloid leukaemia. [More]
AstraZeneca, MedImmune to provide update on extensive oncology pipeline at ASCO 2016

AstraZeneca, MedImmune to provide update on extensive oncology pipeline at ASCO 2016

AstraZeneca and its global biologics research and development arm, MedImmune, will provide an update on their extensive oncology pipeline at the annual meeting of the American Society of Clinical Oncology in Chicago, USA, on 3-7 June 2016. [More]
Allogeneic HSCT offers good survival for select TKI-refractory CML patients

Allogeneic HSCT offers good survival for select TKI-refractory CML patients

Allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation is associated with a high rate of survival for carefully chosen chronic myeloid leukaemia patients who do not respond well to tyrosine kinase inhibitor therapy, research suggests. [More]
Real-world CML management in line with ELN guidelines

Real-world CML management in line with ELN guidelines

The first-line treatment and monitoring of patients with chronic phase-chronic myeloid leukaemia is in accordance with the European LeukaemiaNet recommendations, finds a real-world clinical practice study. [More]
EPIC Results Shed Light On First-Line Ponatinib Risk-Benefit Profile

EPIC Results Shed Light On First-Line Ponatinib Risk-Benefit Profile

The primary endpoint of major molecular response at 12 months for ponatinib versus imatinib in patients with newly diagnosed chronic phase-chronic myeloid leukaemia remains undetermined, report the EPIC trial investigators. [More]
CML treatment-free remission criteria outlined

CML treatment-free remission criteria outlined

Treatment-free remission may be feasible in many patients with chronic myeloid leukaemia, say researchers who set out clinical and logistical requirements for discontinuing tyrosine kinase inhibitor therapy. [More]
Boehringer Ingelheim presents new data on OFEV® (nintedanib) in idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF)

Boehringer Ingelheim presents new data on OFEV® (nintedanib) in idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF)

New analyses presented at the American Thoracic Society’s 2016 annual conference (ATS 2016) further add to the efficacy and safety profile of OFEV® (nintedanib) in idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF). [More]
BCR-ABL halving time indicates CML prognosis during front-line TKI

BCR-ABL halving time indicates CML prognosis during front-line TKI

Calculating halving time of the BCR-ABL transcript after 3 months may help determine prognosis in chronic myeloid leukaemia patients undergoing first-line tyrosine kinase inhibitor therapy, say researchers. [More]
Bosutinib shows 'low' vascular, cardiac event risk profile

Bosutinib shows 'low' vascular, cardiac event risk profile

Third-generation tyrosine kinase inhibitor study findings suggest that bosutinib is associated with a low risk of vascular and cardiac events in patients undergoing first-line or subsequent treatment for chronic myeloid leukaemia. [More]
Frontline nilotinib supported for newly diagnosed CP-CML

Frontline nilotinib supported for newly diagnosed CP-CML

Long-term results from the ENESTnd trial indicate a favourable risk-benefit profile for frontline use of nilotinib in patients within 6 months of chronic phase-chronic myeloid leukaemia diagnosis. [More]
Pre-TKI cytokine profiling predicts CP-CML outcome

Pre-TKI cytokine profiling predicts CP-CML outcome

Measuring levels of transforming growth factor-α and interleukin-6 may help identify patients with newly diagnosed chronic phase-chronic myeloid leukaemia at risk of a poor outcome from tyrosine kinase inhibitor therapy, research suggests. [More]
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