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Chemotherapeutic / Anti-Neoplastic


Two encouraging trials commenced at the start of 2015 for anti-cancer therapy Mocetinostat. Both studies, sponsored by Mirati Therapeutics, focus on this powerful and selective inhibitor of HDAC 1, 2, 3 and 11, which all are major players in the regulation of cancer gene expression. As an orally-bioavailable therapy, Mocetinostat has been at the forefront[…]

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Reassuring findings were presented at the American Society of Hematology Annual Meeting at the beginning of December 2014 regarding the use of the immunomodulatory drug Lenalidomide. Concerns for patients with myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS) being administered this potent anti-cancer drug were quelled, when a comprehensive study revealed that this lifesaving treatment did not lead to a[…]

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Alemtuzumab, also known as the brand name MS drug Lemtrada, has recently gained a long awaited FDA approval. Genzyme spent over a decade developing this long-acting agent designed to effectively treat patients with relapsing Multiple Sclerosis. The unique method of dispensing Alemtuzumab is a significant plus for patients who do not tolerate current medication regimens[…]

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Ewing sarcoma tumors disappeared and did not return in more than 70% of mice treated with combination therapy that included Irinotecan and Temozolomide, which are experimental agents developed to fight breast cancer, reported St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital scientists. The study will appear in the November 6 edition of the scientific journal Cell Reports. The treatment paired two chemotherapy drugs currently[…]

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The early EU approval for Ibrutinib was granted by the European Commission (EC), for Ibrutinib to be sold in the 28 European Union (EU) member states. Ibrutinib is a first-in-class, oral, once-daily, non-chemotherapy treatment option, and will be used to treat adult patients with relapsed or refractory mantle cell lymphoma (MCL) and chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL).[…]

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Gilead Sciences has been granted marketing authorization by the European Commission for its Idelalisib 150mg tablets (to be marketed as Zydelig) to treat the two incurable blood cancers Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia (CLL) and Follicular Lymphoma (FL). This formidable first-in-class oral inhibitor of phosphoinositide 3-kinase (PI3K) delta, plays a key role in the activation, proliferation and[…]

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Impressive news was revealed from Roche and Exelixis on June 14, 2014 with successful Phase III study results from their melanoma trial. This comprehensive trial involved Exelixis’s Cobimetinib and Zelboraf, which is marketed by Roche, for treating patients with advanced cases of melanoma. All of the 495 patients had specific mutations of the BRAF gene[…]

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Positive findings were recently revealed from Taiho Oncology Inc. with the revelation of their global Phase 3 trial coined RECOURSE. This extensive trial was of the anticancer combination duo Tipiracil and Trifluridine, also called TAS-102. Data disseminated from this Phase 3 trial demonstrated that TAS-102 reduced the risk of mortality for patients with unresectable colon[…]

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Gilead has announced the July 23, 2014 Idelalisib FDA approved news. The Idelalisib (or the brand name Zydelig) approval was long awaited, to combat three forms of blood cancer. The FDA extended a nod to this powerful drug, which is estimated to earn roughly 1.2 billion dollars by the year 2020. Approved to treat three type[…]

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Boehringer Ingelheim recently shared exciting Phase II results from their anti-cancer breakthrough drug Volasertib. Patients enrolled in this landmark study, revealed July 8, 2014, had acute myeloid leukemia, or AML, and were considered to have unresectable cases. The study encompassed an elderly patient population, with every participant being over the age of 65. Results have[…]

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