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May 17, 2011 • Volume 8 / Number 10


Chemotherapy Regimen Extends Survival in Advanced Pancreatic Cancer Patients

The most common type of pancreatic cancer, an adenocarcinoma (Photo by Ed Uthman) A four-drug chemotherapy regimen has produced the longest improvement in survival ever seen in a phase III clinical trial of patients with metastatic pancreatic cancer, one of the deadliest types of cancer. Patients who received the regimen, called FOLFIRINOX, lived approximately 4 months longer than patients treated with the current standard of care, gemcitabine (11.1 months compared with 6.8 months). Results from the trial, which was conducted at 48 hospitals in France, were published in the May 12 New England Journal of Medicine. Read more > >


NCI Cancer Bulletin Receives First Place NAGC Gold Screen Award

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On May 11, the National Association of Government Communicators (NAGC) awarded the NCI Cancer Bulletin first place in the E-Newsletter category of the 2011 Blue Pencil & Gold Screen Awards. The annual competition recognizes superior government communication products and those who produce them. A complete list of award winners is available here.




  • FDA Update

    • FDA Approves Drug to Treat Pancreatic Neuroendocrine Tumors
  • Legislative Update

    • Senate Appropriators Hold Hearing on President's 2012 Budget Request for NIH
  • Notes

    • Portrait of Former NCI Director Dr. John E. Niederhuber Unveiled
    • Dr. Philip Castle Wins Flemming Award
    • New Resources Raise Awareness about Skin Cancer in Minority Populations
    • Meet NCI Experts at ASCO 2011

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