October 9, 2010

Personalized Cancer Treatment

1 Targeted Therapy Successful Against Lung Cancer

The pharmaceutical company Roche has developed two drugs, MetMab and Tarceva that specifically target molecules involved in lung cancer with promising results. A phase III trial involving 165 Chinese patients with non-small lung cancer with a mutation in the epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) had a progression-free survival of 13.1 months compared to 4.6 for those on chemotherapy. In another study, 128 patients in America whose lung tumors expressed a molecule called MET were treated with either Tarceva and MetMab, which is considered experimental, or Tarceva and a placebo. Taking both drugs decreased progression of the disease by 44 percent. The development of these new drugs demonstrates that personalized treatment is being focused on more in the fight against lung cancer.

More at Yahoo! Reuters | Posted 7 years ago by Kristie Hayes

Previously: Eating Vegetables May Reduce Lung Cancer Risk

Tags: Lung Cancer, Non-Small Lung Cancer, MetMab, Tarceva, MET, Epidermal Growth Factor Receptor, EFGR, Personalized Cancer Treatment

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Education About Dangers Lacking

2 Chinese Cigarettes Laced with Heavy Metals

As if cigarettes are not already dangerous enough, an international research project has found high levels of heavy metals such as lead, cadmium and arsenic in Chinese cigarettes. The study noted that "All 13 Chinese cigarette brands tested were found to have significantly elevated levels of heavy metals. . .” About 1,000,000 people in China die due to tobacco-related diseases and about 100,000 from being exposed to second-hand smoke. The study also pointed out that "If current trends continue, China's death toll from tobacco will reach two million per year by 2020." Education about the dangers of smoking in China is inadequate as warnings about the risk placed on packets are often written in English minus the graphic pictures that show how smoking can damage one’s health.

More at Yahoo! AFP | Posted 7 years ago by Kristie Hayes

Previously: Quit Smoking for Better Fracture Healing

Tags: Cadmium, Lead, Second Hand Smoke, Chinese Cigarettes, Arsenic

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