New Drug Delays Breast Cancer

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New Drug Delays Breast Cancer
« on: 03/06/2006 21:25:54 »
Associated Press 09:20 AM Jun, 03, 2006

New Drug Delays Breast Cancer

ATLANTA -- A new experimental drug delayed the growth of advanced breast cancer in women who had stopped responding to the drug Herceptin and were out of treatment options, doctors reported Saturday.

The experimental drug, Tykerb, worked so well that an international study of it was stopped early, in April, based on results in 321 women.

Those who received Tykerb plus the chemotherapy drug Xeloda had no growth of their tumors for 8 1/2 months. That compares to 4 1/2 months for those given only Xeloda, said Dr. Charles Geyer Jr. of Allegheny General Hospital in Pittsburgh.

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