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Combination of Avastin and Gemcitabine-cisplatin Helps in Lung Cancer

by Rajashri on September 16, 2008 at 1:44 PM
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 Combination of Avastin and Gemcitabine-cisplatin Helps in Lung Cancer

Swiss drugmaker Roche has revealed that latest studies indicate Avastin may be helpful in lung cancer patients when given in combination with gemcitabine-cisplatin chemotherapy

The study showed that such a combination extended the time patients are able to survive without lung cancer progression. The "Avail" trial found that patients with advanced non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) were able to live 30 percent longer without disease progression when Avastin was given in combination with other drugs.

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"Avail confirms for the second time that Avastin provides important clinical benefits and the longest survival reported for patients with advanced non-squamous NSCLC," said principal investigator Christian Manegold of Heidelberg University in Mannheim, Germany.

The details of the study were presented at the European Society of Medical Oncology in Stockholm.

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