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Monday 19, Oct 2009

  Survival rate increased with Avastin in recurrent glioblastoma affected patients

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Survival rate increased with Avastin in recurrent glioblastoma affected patientsAccording to a recent study that was conduced at 11 centers across the country and published in the early online version of the Journal of Clinical Oncology, survival rate gets increased with Avastin in recurrent glioblastoma affected patients. It was revealed during the study that the targeted therapy Avastin, alone or in combination with CPT-11 (chemotherapy drug) can considerably increase progression-free survival times and survival rates in patients with a deadly form of recurrent brain cancer.

Dr. Timothy Cloughesy, director of the Neuro-Oncology Program at UCLA’s Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center and senior author of the study said that positive results from Avastin have promoted the FDA to an accelerated approval of Avastin in May 2009 for use in patients with recurrent glioblastomas.

Avastin is an angiogenesis inhibitor that neutralizes VEGF (vascular endothelial growth factor), which is a chemical signal stimulating the growth of new blood vessels and has already been approved for use in metastatic colorectal, breast, and kidney cancers as well as non-small cell lung cancer.

Monday 13, Jul 2009

  Inhaled Corticosteroids Reduce The Risk Of Lung Cancer

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Inhaled Corticosteroids Reduce The Risk Of Lung CancerA study claimed that taking inhaled corticosteroids may lower the risk of lung cancer among people with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Inhaled corticosteroids reduce inflammation in the airways thereby improving symptoms associated with the disease.

Researchers said inflammation in the lungs is thought to play an important role in both COPD and lung cancer, and the results suggest that daily use of inhaled corticosteroids may help fight inflammation and prevent the progression from COPD to lung cancer.

Previous studies have shown that inhaled corticosteroids reduce markers of inflammation such as C-reactive protein and reduce airway inflammation.

Smoking is a primary cause of COPD, which includes two inflammatory lung diseases that interfere with breathing: chronic bronchitis and emphysema. An estimated 11 million adults suffer from COPD which could lead to lung cancer.