The Fight Against Cancer

17 06 2010

This is the first installment of an ongoing column I have tentatively titled “The Fight Against Cancer” where I will pass on interesting information in the world of cancer research, treatment and technology.

I received the following information in an email from Team In Training and this is really great news for cancer treatment.  Gleevec has been magic for a lot of cancer patients who have found it to be effective.  For some more background on Gleevec check out the Gleevec Wikipedia page here: Gleevec Wikipedia Page.

“This week at the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) conference, results of long-term clinical trials were presented showing that the drugs Sprycel and Tasigna could potentially replace Gleevec as frontline therapy for treating newly diagnosed chronic myelogenous leukemia (CML) patients. LLS research funding helped advance all of these drugs.

As reported in the Wall Street Journal: ―Gleevec is one of the closest things to a miracle drug to come out of the battle against cancer in recent years. But new research suggests two newer drugs are even more effective for the form of leukemia whose treatment Gleevec has transformed.

Sprycel and Tasigna are currently approved to treat CML patients who did not benefit from Gleevec.  These new findings suggest that Sprycel and Tasigna may additionally prove to be curative. LLS-funded researchers and others are working to confirm this exciting possibility and to better understand the potential toxicities associated with these more potent drugs.”

This is really great news for cancer patients.  It’s always nice to hear about advancements being made.  When you work hard to raise money for cancer research, and when you are someone who donates money to cancer research, it’s a great feeling to know your money is being put to good use.

One step closer in the fight against cancer.




One response

17 06 2010
Dena Donnell

WOW…that is very exciting! Please share more as more research comes out OK??

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