Drug Combo Proves Powerful Against Lung Cancer Monroe NY

A two-drug combination treatment in Monroe 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

White Plains Hospital Center Dickstein Cancer Treatment Center
(914) 681-2700

White Plains, NY
Cancer Center At Glens Falls Hospital
(518) 926-6670
102 Park St
Glens Falls, NY
Jaski John W MD
(518) 587-7670
31 Myrtle St
Saratoga Springs, NY
Glens Falls Hospital
(518) 926-6670

Glens Falls, NY
Castro Michael P MD
(518) 926-6620
102 Park St
Glens Falls, NY
Cichanowicz Cynthia Anp
(631) 204-9700
325 Meeting House Ln
Southampton, NY
Cancer Center At Glens Falls Hospital
(518) 926-6620
102 Park St
Glens Falls, NY
Avvento Louis MD
(631) 204-9700
325 Meeting House Ln
Southampton, NY
Avvento Louis MD
(631) 727-8500
1333 E Main St
Riverhead, NY
Radiation Oncology Associates of Long Island
(516) 932-6007
688 Old Country Rd
Plainview, NY

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
- Risks for Childhood Cancer Survivors Monroe NY
People who survived cancer as children face a high lifelong risk for developing another cancer, a new study has found. A study that appears online May 26 in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute went further than earlier studies by following people from birth through age 79. The researchers analyzed data on more than 47,000 people who had been diagnosed with cancer before the age of 20.
- Hormone Therapy for Breast Cancer Monroe NY
- Hormone Therapy for Lung Cancer Monroe NY
- Genetic Clues for Skin Cancer Therapies Monroe NY
- Side Effect Of Chemotherapy Drugs Monroe NY
- Exercise for Breast Cancer Survival Monroe NY
- Exercise for Prostate Cancer Monroe NY
- Fungal Infection Treatments Monroe NY
- Delayed Prostate Cancer Therapy Monroe NY