HOME >> MEDICINE >> NEWS
Northwestern researchers launch Avastin trial for pancreatic tumors

A Phase II clinical trial is under way at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in conjunction with the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine to determine if bevacizumab (also referred to as Avastin, an anti-angiogenesis drug that is designed to inhibit the growth of blood vessels in tumors) in combination with abdominal radiation therapy and chemotherapy can reduce localized pancreatic tumors that have not metastasized or spread to other systems or organs in the body. Northwestern Memorial is the sole clinical site where the research trial is being conducted.

Mark Talamonti, MD, chief of the Division of Surgical Oncology at Northwestern Memorial Hospital, associate professor of surgery at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine and co-investigator on the study recently reported on a complementary trial, which looked at the effects of combining only chemotherapy and radiation on localized tumors. The results appeared in the February 2006 issue of the Annals of Surgical Oncology.

"Our findings from the previous study suggest that the combination of chemotherapy and radiation is a safe and effective treatment method to reduce the local extent of pancreatic tumors," said Dr. Talamonti.

"The current study, which will be conducted over two years, will help us evaluate whether adding Avastin may also provide an effective combination to reduce the tumor and increase survival rates," added William Small, Jr., MD, radiation oncologist, Northwestern Memorial Hospital, associate professor, Radiation Oncology, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine and principal investigator for the trial.

Avastin is designed to inhibit Vascular Endothelial Growth Factor (VEGF), a protein that plays an important role in tumor angiogenesis or blood vessel formation, and maintenance of existing tumor vessels. By inhibiting VEGF, Avastin is thought to interfere with the blood supply to tumors, a process that is critical to t
'"/>

Contact: Molly Rabinovitz
mrabinov@nmh.org
312-926-9632
Northwestern Memorial Hospital
21-Feb-2006


Page: 1 2

Related medicine news :

1. Northwestern chemists develop new method for synthesizing anti-cancer flavonoids
2. $15M Northwestern grant funds heart research
3. Northwestern surgeon invents teaching technology for scary patient exams
4. Northwestern Memorial earns magnet status for nursing excellence
5. Heart transplant program at Northwestern Memorial Hospital celebrates anniversary
6. Evanston Northwestern Healthcare first to use latest robotic surgical system
7. Northwestern Memorial Hospital named Bariatric Surgery Society Center of Excellence
8. Northwestern receives major award for nanotechnology cancer center
9. Northwestern Memorial named one of 100 Best Places for Working Mothers
10. Northwestern Memorial named among 100 Most Wired Hospitals for sixth consecutive year
11. Northwestern Memorial Hospital installs 64-Slice CT scanner, now available for clinical use

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


(Date:10/18/2018)... ... October 18, 2018 , ... With a team of highly ... comprehensive Women’s Center, Mount Sinai Doctors Long Island celebrated the grand opening of ... in Greenlawn, Suffolk County. , With highly-trained physicians, nurses, and medical staff ...
(Date:10/18/2018)... ... October 18, 2018 , ... Dr. Steven Sigalove, a board-certified ... joined Dr. Robert Cohen ( http://www.robertcohenmd.com ), one of the top plastic ... a plastic surgeon of Dr. Sigalove's caliber join my practice and provide patients ...
(Date:10/18/2018)... ... October 18, 2018 , ... ... of a research study demonstrating the company’s automated preclinical image data analysis ... imaging systems. The technology finds applications in preclinical imaging of small animal ...
(Date:10/17/2018)... ... 17, 2018 , ... The Jacobs & Cushman San Diego Food Bank’s CEO, ... a meeting of its Board of Directors. , California Association of Food Banks ... CAFB provides its member food banks with a range of support services, direct service ...
(Date:10/17/2018)... NORTHRIDGE, Calif. (PRWEB) , ... October 17, 2018 , ... The Myers’ have ... 6-8 p.m. at their office, 11141 Tampa Ave., Northridge, CA 91326. , “The Harvest ... and at the same time help the kids at Children’s Hospital LA,” said Kris and ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:10/13/2018)... ... October 12, 2018 , ... David Young was the inventor ... in the Lockheed F22 Aircraft. Today, he announces the invention of the Two-Dimensional ... lead to sudden cardiac death (SCD). , The Two-Dimensional Arrhythmia Monitor has the ...
(Date:10/11/2018)... ... October 11, 2018 , ... doeLEGAL, a ... law departments and law firms, today announced it is sponsoring the 2018 ACC ... to learn how corporate legal departments are using smart data, intelligently delivered to ...
(Date:10/11/2018)... ... 11, 2018 , ... In the last four months it has also obtained ... allowance of six more in USA, China and Japan from three other patent families ... and security products. , The patents assigned from QinetiQ include US 7113092, titled “Ferromagnetic ...
Breaking Medicine Technology:
Cached News: