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Dana-Farber study finds adding drug to standard chemotherapy provides no survival benefit for older lung cancer patients

  • Posted: April 18, 2012

Adding the drug bevacizumab (Avastin) to the standard chemotherapy regimen for non-small cell lung cancer – an approach approved by the FDA in 2006 – did not lead to significantly increase survival rates for patients over the age of 65 enrolled in Medicare, a new study by Dana-Farber Cancer Institute researchers has found. The study is published in the April 18 Journal of the American Medical Association, a theme issue on comparative effectiveness research.

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