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Dec 24, 2005

Pancreatic Cancer: Looking Forward To Skin Rash!

Pancreatic Cancer: Looking Forward To Skin Rash!
Probably you all know that a new drug combination Tarceva and Gemzar has been FDA approved recently for the treatment of pancreatic cancer. Did you know that, if you are developing a bad skin rash while on this treatment it is a good sign! I am not kidding, the study that led to the approval of this combination was presented in the American Society of Clinical Oncology meeting in 2005. This study has shown that the combination of Tarceva and Gemzar works best in patients who had a bad skin rash!

Skin rash is a very common side effect of Tarceva. Past studies have shown a co-relational between skin rash and the activity of the drug. In this Tarceva Gemzar study patients were divided into three groups based on the severity of skin rash. The first group comprised of patients who had no skin rash and the second group comprised of patients who had mild skin rash and the third group comprised of patients who had significant or severe skin rash.

When the investigators analyzed the data, they found that patients who developed significant or severe skin rash performed much better compared to the other two groups. The median survival in patients who had no skin rash or mild skin rash was 5 months while those who developed significant or sever skin rash lived a median period of more than 10 month. Only 16 percent of patients who had no skin rash and 11 percent of patients who had only mild skin rash were alive at one year after starting treatment. Compared to this poor performance, 43 percent of patients who had significant or severe skin rash were alive at one year after starting treatment

So if you are on Tarceva and Gemazar for the treatment of pancreatic cancer, look forward to your bad skin rash. That may be your lifeline.


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