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Clinical Trial Results - Progress in Cancer Care

These summaries highlight recently released results from cancer clinical trials. The findings are significant enough that they are likely to influence your medical care.

The summaries are listed in reverse chronological order. You may also use the navigation tools on the left to search the summaries by keyword or type of cancer.

  • Combination Therapy Shows Promise for Treating Advanced Breast Cancer
    (Posted: 12/21/2011) - Adding the drug everolimus (Afinitor®) to exemestane helped postmenopausal women whose advanced breast cancer had stopped responding to hormonal therapy live about 4 months longer without the disease progressing than women who received exemestane alone.
  • New Therapies Offer Valuable Options for Patients with Melanoma
    (Posted: 07/19/2011, Updated: 12/07/2011) - Two phase III clinical trials of new therapies for patients with metastatic melanoma presented in June at the 2011 ASCO conference confirmed that the molecularly targeted agent vemurafenib and the immunotherapy agent ipilimumab (Yervoy™) offer valuable new options for a disease in which effective treatments have been lacking.
  • Second HPV Vaccine Shows Early Positive Results
    (Posted: 07/17/2007, Updated: 12/02/2011) - The vaccine Cervarix® was 90 percent effective against two types of human papillomavirus (HPV) that can cause cervical cancer, according to the June 30, 2007, Lancet.
  • Study Shows Aspirin Reduces Colorectal Cancer in Those at High Risk
    (Posted: 12/02/2011) - Findings from the first large clinical trial of its kind indicate that taking high doses of aspirin daily for at least 2 years substantially reduces the risk of colorectal cancer among people at increased risk of the disease.
  • Radiation Therapy after Breast-Conserving Surgery Improves Survival
    (Posted: 12/02/2011) - Radiation therapy after breast-conserving surgery substantially reduces the risk of cancer recurring in the breast and moderately reduces the risk of death from the disease, according to updated results from a meta-analysis by the Early Breast Cancer Trialists' Collaborative Group.
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