Dana-Farber study finds new oral drug overcomes resistance in patients with rare sarcoma after failure of standard targeted therapies
A new targeted drug demonstrated its ability to control metastatic gastrointestinal stromal tumor, an uncommon and life-threatening form of sarcoma, after the disease had become resistant to all existing therapies, report investigators at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute who led the worldwide clinical trial. The new study, whose results are being published in The Lancet, demonstrated that the oral drug regorafenib, which inhibits several cancer-promoting kinase enzymes, was able to control GIST for nearly four months longer than placebo in patients for whom imatinib (Gleevec) and sunitinib (Sutent) were no longer effective, a result that was highly significant statistically.
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