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Phase III TAS-102 study for metastatic colorectal cancer shows improved survival

Phase III TAS-102 study for metastatic colorectal cancer shows improved survival

The new combination agent TAS-102 is able to improve overall survival compared to placebo in patients whose metastatic colorectal cancer is refractory to standard therapies, researchers said at the ESMO 16th World Congress on Gastrointestinal Cancer in Barcelona. [More]
patients with KRAS wild-type MCRC can benefit from Cetuximab Or Bevacizumab With Combi Chemo Equivalent For patients with KRAS wild-type MCRC

patients with KRAS wild-type MCRC can benefit from Cetuximab Or Bevacizumab With Combi Chemo Equivalent For patients with KRAS wild-type MCRC

For patients with KRAS wild-type untreated colorectal cancer, adding cetuximab or bevacizumab to combination chemotherapy offers equivalent survival, researchers said at the ESMO 16th World Congress on Gastrointestinal Cancer in Barcelona. [More]
SLU researchers discover pain pathway and potential way to block it

SLU researchers discover pain pathway and potential way to block it

In a recently published study in the Journal of Biological Chemistry, Saint Louis University professor of pharmacological and physiological sciences Daniela Salvemini, Ph.D. describes two discoveries: a molecular pathway by which a painful chemotherapy side effect happens and a drug that may be able to stop it. [More]
Amgen presents extended analysis of PEAK study data at ASCO

Amgen presents extended analysis of PEAK study data at ASCO

Amgen today announced results from the Phase 2 PEAK study that reinforce the improved overall survival (OS) benefit of panitumumab (Vectibix®) when used in combination with FOLFOX, an oxaliplatin-based chemotherapy regimen, compared to bevacizumab (Avastin) plus FOLFOX as first-line treatment in patients with wild-type RAS metastatic colorectal cancer (mCRC). [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]
Starpharma receives approvals to commence phase 1 human clinical trial for DEP-Docetaxel

Starpharma receives approvals to commence phase 1 human clinical trial for DEP-Docetaxel

Starpharma today announced that it has received the necessary approvals to commence a phase 1 human clinical trial for its dendrimer-enhanced docetaxel (Taxotere®) chemotherapeutic product, referred to as DEP™-Docetaxel. [More]
Market research report on injectable generic and biosimilar drugs

Market research report on injectable generic and biosimilar drugs

Reportlinker.com announces that a new market research report is available in its catalogue: Injectable Generic and Biosimilar Drugs - Potential Opportunities for Developers 2013 [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]
Researchers evaluate mangafodipir for relief of oxaliplatin-associated neuropathies

Researchers evaluate mangafodipir for relief of oxaliplatin-associated neuropathies

An unfortunate side effect of the platinum-chemotherapy drug oxaliplatin is the development of neurotoxicity, which can adversely affect a patient's quality of life; therefore, the benefit of oxaliplatin-based therapy must be balanced with prevention of neuropathies. Currently, there are no therapeutic interventions available to relieve oxaliplatin-associated neurological symptoms, which are thought to be a result of reactive oxygen species-associated damage. [More]
Findings could have important implications for personalized treatment of colon cancer

Findings could have important implications for personalized treatment of colon cancer

A common observation in oncology is the phenomenon that a patient with a tumor receives a drug and responds very well, but after a few months the cancer comes back and is now resistant to previously administered chemotherapy. What happened? Many mechanisms contribute to explain this effect called "acquired resistance", but today the group Manel Esteller, Director of Epigenetics and Cancer Biology at the Bellvitge Biomedical Research Institute, ICREA researcher and Professor of Genetics at the University of Barcelona, describes in the official Journal of the National Cancer Research Center in the United States, The Journal of The National Cancer Institute, the existence of epigenetic differences that explain the lack of response of the tumor recurs. [More]
Mouse study highlights importance of microorganisms in optimal cancer treatment outcomes

Mouse study highlights importance of microorganisms in optimal cancer treatment outcomes

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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]
Soy peptide injection dramatically reduces colon cancer metastasis in mice

Soy peptide injection dramatically reduces colon cancer metastasis in mice

After a recent University of Illinois study showed that injection of the soy peptide lunasin dramatically reduced colon cancer metastasis in mice, the researchers were eager to see how making lunasin part of the animals' daily diet would affect the spread of the disease. [More]
Adding chemotherapy after surgery for patients with advanced gastric cancer can reduce mortality risk

Adding chemotherapy after surgery for patients with advanced gastric cancer can reduce mortality risk

For patients with advanced gastric cancer, treatment with chemotherapy after surgery can reduce the risk of cancer related death by 34% over five years compared to surgery alone, researchers said at the 15th ESMO World Congress in Gastrointestinal Cancer. [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]
Surgery extends life for metastatic colorectal cancer patients

Surgery extends life for metastatic colorectal cancer patients

Individuals with colorectal cancer that has metastasized to the liver or lung live longer after curative surgery plus chemotherapy than their counterparts who receive palliative chemotherapy alone, report researchers. [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]