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  • Posted: 12/11/2012

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NCI Cancer Center News

Dana-Farber researchers find experimental graft-versus-host disease treatment equivalent to standard care in phase 3 trial

An experimental drug combination for preventing graft-versus-host disease (GVHD) was not significantly better than the standard regimen on key endpoints, according to a report of a phase 3 trial at the American Society of Hematology annual meeting. The combination of two immunosuppressive compounds – tacrolimus plus sirolimus – did not provide a statistically significant, GVHD-free survival benefit over the long-used standard of care, tacrolimus plus methotrexate, said researchers from Dana-Farber Cancer Institute who led the multi-center trial.

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