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Paclitaxel is a drug used to treat breast cancer, ovarian cancer, and AIDS-related Kaposi sarcoma. It is also used together with another drug to treat non-small cell lung cancer. Paclitaxel is also being studied in the treatment of other types of cancer. It blocks cell growth by stopping cell division and may kill cancer cells. It is a type of antimitotic agent. Also called Taxol.

The Paclitaxel compound is extracted from the Pacific yew tree Taxus brevifolia with antineoplastic activity. Paclitaxel binds to tubulin and inhibits the disassembly of microtubules, thereby resulting in the inhibition of cell division. This agent also induces apoptosis by binding to and blocking the function of the apoptosis inhibitor protein Bcl-2 (B-cell Leukemia 2). Check for active clinical trials or closed clinical trials using this agent.

FDA approves Cyramza to treat patients with advanced stomach cancer

Based on results of a clinical trial led by Dana-Farber Cancer Institute scientists, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved a molecularly targeted drug as second-line treatment in advanced stomach cancer that has progressed after standard chemotherapy has failed. [More]

FDA approves molecularly targeted drug as second-line treatment for advanced stomach cancer

Based on results of a clinical trial led by Dana-Farber Cancer Institute scientists, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved a molecularly targeted drug as second-line treatment in advanced stomach cancer that has progressed after standard chemotherapy has failed. [More]
Effects of PectaSol-C modified citrus pectin in prostate cancer patients to be studied in phase III trial

Effects of PectaSol-C modified citrus pectin in prostate cancer patients to be studied in phase III trial

A phase III clinical trial conducted at the Meir Medical Center in Kfar-Saba, Israel is now recruiting participants to study the effects of dietary supplement PectaSol-C modified citrus pectin (MCP) in controlling prostate specific antigen (PSA) levels in prostate cancer patients. [More]
Inhibiting cancer-promoting prolactin causes unconventional cell death in preclinical research

Inhibiting cancer-promoting prolactin causes unconventional cell death in preclinical research

Under stress from chemotherapy or radiation, some cancer cells dodge death by consuming a bit of themselves, allowing them to essentially sleep through treatment and later awaken as tougher, resistant disease. [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]
Bayer and Onyx announce Phase 3 trial evaluating use of NEXAVAR for patients with HCC after local ablation

Bayer and Onyx announce Phase 3 trial evaluating use of NEXAVAR for patients with HCC after local ablation

Bayer HealthCare Pharmaceuticals Inc. and Onyx Pharmaceuticals, Inc., an Amgen subsidiary (Nasdaq: AMGN), today announced that a Phase 3 trial evaluating the investigational use of NEXAVAR® (sorafenib) tablets as an adjuvant treatment for patients with hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC), or liver cancer, who had no detectable disease after surgical resection or local ablation, did not meet its primary endpoint of improving recurrence-free survival. [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]
Verastem presents preliminary data from VS-6063 Phase 1 trial in Japanese patients with solid tumors

Verastem presents preliminary data from VS-6063 Phase 1 trial in Japanese patients with solid tumors

Verastem, Inc., focused on discovering and developing drugs to treat cancer by the targeted killing of cancer stem cells, today presented preliminary data from an ongoing First-in-Asia Phase 1 trial of VS-6063 in Japanese patients with advanced solid tumors, including one patient with mesothelioma. The Phase 1 study assessed the safety and pharmacokinetics of single agent VS-6063. [More]
ACCRU opens phase III clinical trial of eribulin compared to paclitaxel for metastatic breast cancer

ACCRU opens phase III clinical trial of eribulin compared to paclitaxel for metastatic breast cancer

Academic and Community Cancer Research United (ACCRU) today announced the opening of a two-arm, randomized phase III, FDA registration trial of eribulin compared to standard weekly paclitaxel as first- or second-line chemotherapy for individuals with human epidermal growth factor receptor 2 (HER2) negative, locally recurrent, unresectable or metastatic breast cancer. [More]
Motesanib boosts carboplatin/paclitaxel efficacy in NSCLC

Motesanib boosts carboplatin/paclitaxel efficacy in NSCLC

Adding motesanib to carboplatin/paclitaxel significantly improves overall survival in Asian patients with nonsquamous non-small-cell lung cancer compared with carboplatin/paclitaxel alone, researchers report. [More]
Biothera’s Phase 2b clinical trial in NSCLC presented at International Association for the Study of Lung Cancer

Biothera’s Phase 2b clinical trial in NSCLC presented at International Association for the Study of Lung Cancer

Biothera presented results of its Phase 2b clinical trial in non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) this past weekend to top clinicians and scientists at the invitation-only International Association for the Study of Lung Cancer meeting on targeted therapies in Santa Monica, CA. [More]

Unusual EGFR mutation should influence advanced NSCLC treatment choice

Non-small-cell lung cancer patients with very unusual epidermal growth factor receptor mutations may be more likely to be benefit from first-line chemotherapy than a tyrosine kinase inhibitor, research suggests. [More]
Study: Recurrence of SCCOP may differ in HPV-positive and HPV-negative patients

Study: Recurrence of SCCOP may differ in HPV-positive and HPV-negative patients

Patients with HPV-positive squamous cell carcinoma of the oropharynx (SCCOP) had a longer time to development of distant metastasis (DM) after initial treatment, and had more metastatic sites in more atypical locations compared to HPV-negative patients, according to research presented today at the 2014 Multidisciplinary Head and Neck Cancer Symposium. [More]

Avastin can prolong the lives of women with advanced cervical cancer

New data showing cancer treatment Avastin (bevacizumab) can extend the lives of women with advanced cervical cancer compared to chemotherapy alone has been published in the New England Journal of Medicine. [More]

Matching the right tumor with the right drug

There are three common drugs for advanced ovarian cancer: paclitaxel, cyclophosphamide, and topotecan. Like a shell game, if you pick the right drug a patient is likely to respond. And, unfortunately, picking the wrong drug can lead to treatment failure. As reported in this month's issue of the journal PLoS ONE, a University of Colorado Cancer Center and University of Virginia study used a sophisticated model of ovarian cancer genetics to match the right tumor with the right drug. Patients who were matched in this way lived an average 21 months longer than patients who were not matched. [More]

A non-invasive method developed to fight heart disease

Clemson University researchers have developed nanoparticles that can deliver drugs targeting damaged arteries, a non-invasive method to fight heart disease. [More]

Combination of infused vitamin C and conventional chemotherapy drugs stops ovarian cancer

Scientists at the University of Kansas Medical Center have determined that high doses of vitamin C, administered intravenously with traditional chemotherapy, helped kill cancer cells while reducing the toxic effects of chemotherapy for some cancer patients. [More]

AVEO Oncology, Astellas Pharma decide to discontinue BATON breast cancer clinical trial

AVEO Oncology today announced that AVEO and Astellas Pharma Inc. have jointly decided to discontinue the BATON (Biomarker Assessment of Tivozanib in ONcology) breast cancer clinical trial, a Phase 2 study in patients with locally recurrent or metastatic triple negative breast cancer (TNBC), due to insufficient enrollment. [More]

Cell Therapeutics completes patient enrollment in Phase 3 clinical trial of Opaxio in ovarian cancer

Cell Therapeutics, Inc.today announced that the Gynecologic Oncology Group informed CTI that it has completed patient enrollment in the GOG-0212 Phase 3 clinical trial of investigational agent paclitaxel poliglumex as maintenance therapy in ovarian cancer. [More]

Biothera enhances innate immune responses to Imprime PGG drug candidate

Biothera has enhanced innate immune responses to its cancer immunotherapy drug candidate Imprime PGG in subjects regardless of biomarker status, demonstrating the opportunity to treat a larger patient population. The in vitro research will be presented today at the Cambridge Healthtech Institute's Antibody-Drug Conjugates/Engineering Targeted Therapeutics conference in Palm Springs, CA. [More]