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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.

  • Targeted Therapies May Be Effective Against Rare Pancreatic Cancer
    (Posted: 04/08/2011) - In two phase III clinical trials published February 9, 2011, in the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM), the targeted therapies sunitinib and everolimus improved outcomes for patients with pancreatic neuroendocrine tumors.
  • Some Women May Not Need More Extensive Lymph Node Surgery for Breast Cancer
    (Posted: 03/31/2011) - Results from a randomized clinical trial published February 9, 2011, in the Journal of the American Medical Association demonstrate that axillary lymph node dissection provided no additional survival benefit when compared with sentinel lymph node biopsy in women with small breast tumors and minimal lymph node metastasis who were treated with lumpectomy, whole-breast radiotherapy, and adjuvant systemic therapy.
  • When Combined with Chemotherapy, Bevacizumab Is Associated with Increased Risk of Death
    (Posted: 03/30/2011) - Cancer patients who receive the targeted therapy bevacizumab (Avastin) in combination with chemotherapy are at increased risk of serious side effects that may lead to death, according to a meta-analysis of 16 clinical trials that was published February 2, 2011, in JAMA.
  • Can Aspirin Reduce Cancer Risk and Mortality?
    (Posted: 03/30/2011) - A meta-analysis of eight clinical trials involving regular aspirin use showed a substantial reduction in mortality for a number of different cancers.
  • Vaccine Reduces HPV Infections in Young Men
    (Posted: 03/29/2011) - An international randomized clinical trial has shown that the vaccine Gardasil can reduce the incidence of anogenital human papillomavirus (HPV) infections in young men 16 to 26 years of age at the time of vaccination.
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