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MD Anderson study finds weekly dose reduces a targeted drug's side effects but not its activity against acute lymphocytic leukemia

  • Posted: December 12, 2012

A potent chemotherapy agent wrapped within a monoclonal antibody selectively destroys the malignant cells responsible for acute lymphocytic leukemia (ALL) in either weekly or monthly dosing, researchers report at the 54th ASH Annual Meeting and Exposition. This "Trojan horse" assault on the cancer cells has significantly increased the response rate among patients with ALL, and now an MD Anderson Cancer Center clinical trial finds that weekly dosing works well and reduces side effects.

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