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May 15, 2012 • Volume 9 / Number 10


Studies Support Expanded Role for Lenalidomide in Treating Multiple Myeloma

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Maintenance therapy with the drug lenalidomide (Revlimid) substantially lengthens the time patients with multiple myeloma live without their cancers progressing, according to the results of three randomized placebo-controlled clinical trials published May 10 in the New England Journal of Medicine. Overall survival was also improved in one of the trials, but according to several researchers, that conclusion is less definitive.

The results also showed that lenalidomide maintenance therapy carries an increased risk of second primary cancers. Read more > >


Coverage of ASCO Annual Meeting

NCI at ASCO 2012The American Society of Clinical Oncology's 48th Annual Meeting will take place June 1–5 in Chicago, IL. Click on the tile to learn more about sessions with NCI staff and activities at the NCI exhibit booth. Look for highlights from the meeting in the May 29 and June 12 issues of the NCI Cancer Bulletin.



  • NIH Update

    • NIH, Industry, and Researchers Collaborate to Find New Uses for Existing Drugs
  • Notes

    • NCI's Ann O'Mara Receives American Pain Society Award
    • Cancer Classroom Webinar: The Social Determinants of Health
    • What You Need to Know About Cancer Booklets Updated

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