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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.

  • For Some Skin Cancers, Targeted Drug Hits the Mark
    (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.
  • 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).
  • Sigmoidoscopy Proves to Be Effective Screening Tool for Colorectal Cancer
    (Posted: 06/07/2012) - In a large randomized trial involving healthy men and women aged 55 to 74, sigmoidoscopy substantially reduced the incidence of and mortality from colorectal cancer.
  • Low-Dose Radioactive Iodine Destroys Thyroid Tissue Left after Surgery
    (Posted: 06/07/2012) - A low dose of radioactive iodine given after surgery for thyroid cancer destroyed (ablated) residual thyroid tissue as effectively as a higher dose, with fewer side effects and less exposure to radiation, according to two European randomized controlled trials published May 3, 2012 in the New England Journal of Medicine.
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