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Cancer Drug Avastin Fights Brain Tumors too

by Medindia Content Team on  February 24, 2007 at 3:17 PM Drug News   - G J E 4
Cancer Drug Avastin Fights Brain Tumors too
Lung and colorectal cancer drug Avastin has been tested for the first time against the most common and deadly form of brain cancer.
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Duke University researchers used Avastin, known chemically as bevacizumab, in combination with a standard chemotherapy agent in patients with recurrent brain tumors called gliomas. Good news -- the two drugs together stopped tumor growth for twice as long as any other therapy.

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Gliomas are mostly incurable in all cases, but this new treatment approach may extend life and may help preserve physical and mental function for a longer period of time for patients fighting this deadly disease.

"These results are exciting because of the possible implications for a patient population that currently has the poorest possible prognosis going into treatment -- those with malignant brain tumors that have recurred after initial treatment," says the lead researcher whose findings appear in the journal Clinical Cancer Research.

Source: Bio-Bio Technology
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