Sunday, May 19, 2013

Antiangiogenic Agent Thalidomide No Good in Mesothelioma

Malignant pleural or peritoneal mesothelioma is invariably fatal cancer with options that are largely supportive in nature. The current first-line chemotherapy regimens including pemetrexed with or without cisplatin or carboplatin do not provide long-term survival. This cancer is highly angiogenic and thus preclinical and early data supported the use of anti-angiogenic agent thalidomide.

However, a recent clinical trial published in this month's issue of the journal Lancet Oncology shows that thalidomide when added to chemotherapy does not provide any additional benefit.  

Thursday, May 2, 2013

The Specter of Rising Cancer Deaths in Latin America and Caribbean

Latin America and the Caribbean are the next hotspots of cancer-related deaths in the world and countries in this region are woefully ill-prepared to face this growing epidemic. A report by Latin American Cooperative Oncology Group (LACOG) presented at the LACOG Conference 2013 on April 26-27, 2013, at Sao Paulo, Brazil, put these facts in depressing hard numbers: currently 13 people of 22 diagnosed with cancer die in Latin America and the Caribbean in contrast to 13 of 37 in US or 13 of 30 in Europe. This translates to 59% of cancer patients dying of cancer in Latin America and the Caribbean compared to 35% in US or 43% in EU.

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Upcoming meeting: Tumor Models, Boston, July 23-25, 2013

Better Preclinical Models. Better Predictions. Better Patient Response.

Tumor Models gives you the tools to develop and utilize the very best preclinical oncology models. 
This is a meeting for drug developers who are looking for answers to the difficulties faced with preclinical oncology models that are currently being used to test new cancer drugs. This is a forum to learn what you really need to know about the models pharma are using that are superior in predicting efficacy and mimicking tumor activity in patients. It’s also the best way to identify what preclinical questions need to be answered and make the best possible translational decisions. Decisions that will lead to more effective drug performance in the clinic.