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News: December 12, 2009

Researchers Find New Drug To Shrink Breast Cancer Tumors

December 12, 2009

Boston (SmartAboutHealth) - Researchers have discovered a new antibody drug that has the ability to shrink breast cancer tumors that other drugs have failed to impact.
The study was carried out by researcher Dr. Ian Krop and colleagues at the Dana Farber Cancer Institute.
What they discovered is that a hybrid drug, T-DM1, was able to shrink or at least stop the growth of HER2-positive breast cancer tumors.
The drug is a combination of the antibody tratuzumab and the drug DM1, which has the ability to kill breast cancer cells.
The way in which the drug works is pretty remarkable, as it has the ability to cling onto and attack only breast cancer cells, not the healthy cells in the body.
The antibody can work in conjunction with chemotherapy, allowing the chemotherapy to work while not harming the rest of the body.
During the study, they found that the drug was effective in treating 40% of women who have the HER2-positive breast cancers.
The tumors were shrunk by a margin of 30% or more when it was used.
The drug was also found to stabilize the breast cancer tumors at a high rate as well.
The new drug was presented at the 32nd annual CTRC-AACR San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium.


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November 23, 2009 | Genetic Variant Slows AIDS Progression

Scientists report that a genetic variation appears to play a major role in slowing disease progression in HIV-infected patients.  In fact, those with the variation appear to take years longer to develop AIDS and die of complications of the disease.  "We're honing in on factors that vary across individuals ...

November 22, 2009 | FDA To Reduce the Misuse of Medications

The FDA wants to reduce the misuse of medications, saying that at least 50,000 hospitalizations a year could be prevented if physicians, pharmacists, patients and parents would be more careful. And the cost of these preventable injuries is estimated at about $4 billion annually by the Institute ...

November 21, 2009 | Diabetes Drug Byetta Linked to Kidney Problems

The FDA has received 78 reports of kidney problems related to Byetta, a drug by Amylin Pharmaceuticals and Eli-Lilly prescribed to treat type 2 diabetes. With the new findings, the drug's label will be updated to warn doctors and patients about this possible side effect.  Byetta (exenatide) was approved in 2005. It's known as an incretin mimetic, which copies the action of incretin GLP-1, a hormone that is ...

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