HOME >> MEDICINE >> NEWS
New class of targeted cancer drugs shows promise in slowing progression of recurrent prostate cancer

A new class of targeted anti-cancer drugs that blocks the human epidermal growth factor (HER) receptor family shows promise in prolonging the lives of patients with recurrent prostate cancer, a new Cedars-Sinai study shows. The drug, a molecular targeted compound called pertuzumab, works by binding to and inhibiting the function of HER2 receptors, interrupting a key pathway that leads to cancer growth.

The study, published in the February 20 issue of the Journal of Clinical Oncology, involved 41 patients with treatment-resistant prostate cancer who had experienced progression of their disease after prior chemotherapy. Patients received the drug every three weeks until disease progression. MRI and CAT scans were used to evaluate the tumors during the period of drug therapy. While no shrinkage of tumors was reported, retrospective analysis showed that survival rate was prolonged to 16.4 months with the drug as compared to a median average of 10.7 months in a historical control group with similar baseline prognostic features.

Advanced prostate cancer is difficult to treat and the drug therapies currently available to these patients have not been very effective, especially in patients whose disease has progressed after chemotherapy treatment, said David B. Agus, M.D., principal investigator of the study and research director of Cedars-Sinais Louis Warschaw Prostate Cancer Center at the Samuel Oschin Comprehensive Cancer Institute. Pertuzumab may offer a new treatment approach for these patients when it is evaluated as a tool to slow not stop or shrink -- tumor growth.

The theory is that by significantly slowing progression of the cancer, patients will experience a good quality of life for a longer period of time, said Agus. Ultimately, we hope drugs like pertuzumab will help us reach the point where cancer can be viewed as a lifetime disease to be managed much like AIDS is looked at now. This would be major shift from the current
'"/>

Contact: Simi Singer
simi.singer@cshs.org
310-423-4768
Cedars-Sinai Medical Center
16-Feb-2007


Page: 1 2 3

Related medicine news :

1. W.M. Keck Foundation announces 2007 class of Distinguished Young Scholars in medical research
2. Early-morning Friday classes may prevent students from getting sloppy on thirsty Thursdays
3. Panel offers guidelines on skin reactions to new class of cancer drugs
4. UK researchers find new class of nontoxic cancer treatments
5. New class of HIV drug attacks previously untargeted enzyme
6. Sleep disturbances affect classroom performance
7. Simple classification can help define and predict limb-threatening diabetic infections
8. World-class Biomedical Research Center to be in West London
9. A new way of classifying addictive drugs
10. Phys ed class more effective when theres more talking
11. W.M. Keck Foundation announces 2006 class of Distinguished Young Scholars in Medical Research

Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:


(Date:6/24/2016)... ... June 24, 2016 , ... Global law firm Greenberg Traurig, P.A. ... The attorneys chosen by their peers for this recognition are considered among the top ... Shareholders received special honors as members of this year’s Legal Elite Hall of Fame: ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... ... 24, 2016 , ... Comfort Keepers® of San Diego, CA is excited to ... Recovery® program to drive cancer patients to and from their cancer treatments. Comfort ... quality of life and ongoing independence. Getting to and from medical treatments is ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... , ... June 24, 2016 , ... People across the ... Genome magazine’s Code Talker Award, an essay contest in which patients and their families ... to be presented at the 2016 National Society of Genetic Counselors (NSGC) Annual Education ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... , ... June 24, 2016 , ... ... is proud to recognize Dr. Barry M. Weintraub as a prominent plastic surgeon ... beautiful women in the world, and the most handsome men, look naturally attractive. ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... ... June 24, 2016 , ... Strategic Capital Partners, LLC (SCP) ... obtaining investment capital for emerging technology companies. SCP has delivered investment events ... in more than a million dollars of capital investment for five companies. ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:6/26/2016)... , June 26, 2016 One of Australia,s ... announced the formation of a new biotechnology company, Noxopharm Limited [ABN ... in an IPO and to list on the ASX. ... NOX66, ready to enter a Phase 1 clinical study later this ... to address one of the biggest problems facing cancer patients - ...
(Date:6/26/2016)... , June 27, 2016 Jazz Pharmaceuticals plc ... period under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act of 1976, ... of Celator Pharmaceuticals, Inc. ("Celator"; Nasdaq: CPXX ... (Eastern Daylight Time). As previously announced on ... a definitive merger agreement under which Jazz Pharmaceuticals has ...
(Date:6/26/2016)... Ontario , June 27, 2016  VMS Rehab ... Company,s Board will take whatever measures required to build ... Company,s stock which is currently listed on the OTC ... Wexler, Company Chairman and CEO, "We are seeing an ... difficult to understand, not only by the Company, but ...
Breaking Medicine Technology:
Cached News: