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Lung cancer blog: New clinical trial for patients with bronchioloalveolar carcinoma (BAC) of lung

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Aug 22, 2005

New clinical trial for patients with bronchioloalveolar carcinoma (BAC) of lung

New clinical trial for patients with bronchioloalveolar carcinoma (BAC) of lung Bronchioloalveolar carcinoma (BAC) of the lung is a subtype of non-small cell lung cancer. About 20 percent of all non-small cell patients belong to this subtype. It is estimated that currently about 30,000 patients are living with BAC in the United States. Some data suggest that the incidence of BAC may be increasing, especially in younger, non-smoking women. Patients who have this subtype of non-small cell lung cancer typically do not respond very well to the conventional chemotherapy drugs.

Now enrollment is under way for a new clinical trial to study the effectiveness of an investigational agent in patients with bronchioloalveolar carcinoma (BAC). The trial is called PEAK trial, which is a multicenter, open-label, phase II trial that will be led in Seattle by Dr. Howard West, a leading oncology researcher affiliated with the Swedish Cancer Institute. The PEAK trial will enroll up to 150 male and female patients at 40 centers in the United States and 10 sites in Europe and Canada.

"While some patients with BAC are able to respond to therapies currently on the market, there is a subset of patients who try and fail on several rounds of chemotherapy, which can be a devastating process," says Dr. West. "This trial provides us with an additional opportunity to treat these patients while investigating the overall response rate for patients treated with this therapy."

If you are interested in participating in the PEAK trial you may call Jane Arthur, R.N. at (206) 386-6921. For general information on the trial, patients and physicians can call 1-866-835-2233.

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