Drug Combo Proves Powerful Against Lung Cancer Auburn NY

A two-drug combination treatment in Auburn proved successful in safely slowing advanced non-small cell lung cancer in a recent clinical trial. In the study, a phase 3 trial involving 768 people with the disease, those who had erlotinib (Tarceva) added to their dose of the bevacizumab (Avastin) saw the progression of the disease slow more than if on bevacizumab alone.

Local Companies

Peter Sadowitz
315-488-9162
Camillus, NY
MARGARET BOUFAL, DO
(315) 255-3331
17 E Genesee Street
Auburn, NY
NORMAN KRAUSE, MD
(607) 257-0157
77 Nelson Street
Auburn, NY
Peter David Sadowitz, MD
315-488-9162
2731 W Foxhill Ln
Camillus, NY
Syracuse Hematology Oncology PC
(315) 472-4584
2200 E Genesee St Ste A
Syracuse, NY
Roger Tinsley
315-255-3331
82 Copeland Ave
Auburn, NY
Michael W Graber
(315) 492-5096
4900 Broad Rd
Syracuse, NY
ROGER TINSLEY, MD
(315) 255-3331
17 E Genesee Street
Auburn, NY
Roger Wendell Tinsley, MD
315-255-3331
17 E Genesee St Ste 101
Auburn, NY
Gerard M Mc Phee, MD
315-492-6284
4910 Broad Rd
Syracuse, NY
Data Provided by:
    

Provided By:

SATURDAY, May 30 (HealthDay News) -- A two-drug combination treatment proved successful in safely slowing advanced non-small cell lung cancer in a recent clinical trial.

In the study, a phase 3 trial involving 768 people with the disease, those who had erlotinib (Tarceva) added to their dose of the bevacizumab (Avastin) saw the progression of the disease slow more than if on bevacizumab alone. People on the combo therapy tolerated the drugs well and survived an average of 4.8 months before the disease grew worse, compared with 3.7 months for those on bevacizumab alone.

Non-small cell lung cancer, often linked to past tobacco use, is the most common of all lung cancers, according to the National Cancer Institute.

"This is the first study to show the addition of erlotinib to maintenance therapy prolongs progression-free survival in patients with advanced non-small cell lung cancer," the study's co-author, Dr. Vincent Miller, a thoracic oncologist at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York City, said in a news release from the center. "Knowing which patients will get the greatest benefit from this combination, based on the identification of biomarkers, will be an important next step in this research."

Maintenance therapy aims to slow a disease from getting worse and better the chance of surviving while recovering from stronger chemotherapy treatments, which can weaken and sicken the person.

Miller was to present the findings Saturday at the annual meeting American Society of Clinical Oncology, in Orlando, Fla.

Bevacizumab and erlotinib have previously shown promise in treating non-small cell lung cancer by blocking tumor growth.

More information

The American Cancer Society has more about non-small cell lung cancer.

SOURCE: Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, news release, May 30, 2009

Copyright © 2009 ScoutNews, LLC. All rights reserved.

Read Article at HealthDay.com

Related Articles
- Side Effect Of Chemotherapy Drugs Auburn NY
Lung cancer remains the biggest cancer killer, projected to claim 163,510 lives this year. Paclitaxel will be used in the attempt to save the lives of many of these patients. However, one little-known effect of Paclitaxel is that in a subset of these patients there will be up to a fivefold increase in the production of Interleukin. Read on and learn more.
- Risks for Childhood Cancer Survivors Auburn NY
- Exercise for Prostate Cancer Auburn NY
- Hormone Therapy for Lung Cancer Auburn NY
- Hormone Therapy for Breast Cancer Auburn NY
- Genetic Clues for Skin Cancer Therapies Auburn NY
- Exercise for Breast Cancer Survival Auburn NY
- Delayed Prostate Cancer Therapy Auburn NY
- Fungal Infection Treatments Auburn NY