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New Cancer Treatments Hailed

Wednesday, 05 December 2012 10:33 AM

New therapies for patients with cancers of the breast, throat, prostate, and colon have been hailed as the “top cancer advances of the year” by the American Society of Clinical Oncology.
The society, which issues an annual report on the state of clinical cancer science, suggested 2012 has been a year marked by “major achievements in precision medicine, cancer screening, and overcoming treatment resistance” to cancer therapies.
"Consistent, significant achievements are being made in oncology care with novel therapeutics, even in malignancies that have previously had few treatment options, as well as defining factors that will predict for response to treatment,” said Dr. Bruce Roth, MD, who authored the report. "ASCO's report distills the most significant of these advances that are impacting the lives of cancer patients today."
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The report noted many of the top clinical advances of 2012 involve therapies that are tailored to individual patients and their tumors. Seven new anti-cancer agents were approved for use by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration this year, some of which will help patients with treatment-resistant forms of cancer.
Among the top 17 “major cancer advances” detailed in the report:
• Two new therapies that delay the progression of advanced breast cancer — including the use of hormones to treat postmenopausal women with hormone receptor-positive breast cancer.
• Using what oncologists have dubbed a "smart bomb" approach called TDM-1 that selectively delivers medicine to breast cancer cells, leaving healthy cells alone.
• Utilizing pre-operative chemotherapy and radiation to improve the survival odds for patients with esophageal cancer.
• New screening tests with flexible sigmoidoscopy to reduce colorectal cancer cases and deaths.
• A novel targeted treatment program that extends survival for patients with advanced prostate cancer.
To view the full report, go to www.cancerprogress.net/cca.

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