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Multisite study shows drug offers relief for symptoms of myelofibrosis

  • Posted: March 1, 2012

People with a blood cancer — myelofibrosis — can benefit from a drug called ruxolitinib, according to a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled clinical trial that included patients and researchers from the Stanford University School of Medicine, MD Anderson Cancer Center, and the Mayo Clinic in Scottsdale, Ariz... Individuals with advanced forms of myelofibrosis develop worsening blood counts, spleen enlargement and other symptoms including fever, night sweats and pain in their bones and muscles... In the study, many patients who received the drug experienced a significant reduction in spleen volume and a lessening of symptoms.

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Read the press release from the MD Anderson Cancer Center.

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