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Dec 2, 2005

ASCO Lists Top Treatment Advances for 2005

ASCO Lists Top Treatment Advances for 2005
With another two major cancer meeting to take place namely the meeting of the American Society of Hematology and the San Antonio Breast cancer meeting to occur in December, American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) is listing the most important break breakthroughs in the year 2005.

Their list of the most important breakthroughs includes:
  • Herceptin (trastuzumab) combats breast cancer: Up to 30 percent of breast cancer patients have malignancies that overproduce the HER-2 protein, and these cancers have been notoriously resistant to therapy. However, a recent study found Herceptin slashed cancer recurrence in this high-risk group by half. "Many in the breast cancer community feel this is one of the most important breast cancer advances in decades,"
  • Chemotherapy boosts survival after lung-cancer surgery: A major study found that "adjuvant" (post-surgery) chemotherapy greatly reduced the risk of tumor recurrence in patients with early-stage non-small cell lung cancers. Experts have debated the usefulness of adjuvant chemotherapy against these tumors for years, and "these findings resolve the debate,"
  • Avastin (bevacizumab) fights advanced lung and colon cancers: This "angiogenesis inhibitor" drug, which cuts off the tumor's blood supply, proved effective in a recent trial in extending survival for patients with tough-to-treat advanced colon and non-small cell lung cancers. "This is the first study to show that a targeted therapy added to [standard] chemotherapy could improve survival."
  • Chemotherapy before surgery boosts stomach cancer survival: Updated results from a major British trial showed that a combination of chemotherapy drugs given before surgery significantly increased five-year survival for patients with stomach cancer. "These findings are changing the way gastric cancer is treated in the United States," said Dr. Roy S. Herbst, ASCO's chairman of cancer communications.
  • Two new cervical cancer vaccines adding protection: While Pap smears have nearly eliminated cervical cancer in the developed world, the disease still kills thousands of women each year in poorer countries. However, two new vaccines appear to protect women against infection with the human papilloma virus (HPV), which is thought to trigger most cervical cancers.


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