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.
(Posted: 06/15/2012) - Two studies reported June 7, 2012, in the New England Journal of Medicine indicate that the drug vismodegib (Erivedge™) can elicit responses in people with advanced or metastatic basal cell carcinoma and help shrink or prevent tumors in those with basal cell nevus syndrome.
Expanding the Playing Field: Immune-Based Therapy Shows Potential for Lung, Other Cancers
(Posted: 06/15/2012) - Results from two early-phase clinical trials presented at the 2012 American Society of Clinical Oncology annual meeting provide further evidence that priming the immune system to attack tumors has potential as a treatment for certain cancers.
Preoperative Chemotherapy, Radiation Improve Survival in Esophageal Cancer
(Posted: 06/14/2012) - Patients with esophageal cancer who received chemotherapy and radiation before surgery survived, on average, nearly twice as long as patients treated with surgery alone, according to results of a randomized clinical trial published May 31, 2012, in the New England Journal of Medicine.
Study Suggests New Treatment Option for Some Lymphomas
(Posted: 06/13/2012) - Updated findings from a large European clinical trial indicate that patients with some types of lymphoma could initially be treated with the chemotherapy drug bendamustine (Treanda) and the targeted agent rituximab (Rituxan).
More Chemotherapy May Help after Initial Treatment for Childhood Leukemia Fails
(Posted: 06/07/2012) - A study suggests that at least some children diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia who respond poorly to initial chemotherapy may do better if they receive additional chemotherapy rather than a stem cell transplant.