Rare Cancers

By improving chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy (CIPN), administration of duloxetine may enable patients with advanced pancreatic cancer to continue their treatment regimen of gemcitabine plus nab-paclitaxel.
Although it is a rare disorder, approximately 14,000 new cases of sarcoma are diagnosed in the United States each year.
A dual vaccine strategy improved survival more than single vaccination of patients with metastatic pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma (PDAC). Data from a randomized phase 2 trial were reported by Dung T. Le, MD, at the 2014 Gastrointestinal Cancers Symposium.
Sorafenib has become the first drug in years to prove effective in the treatment of differentiated thyroid cancer (DTC) that has become resistant to radioactive iodine (RAI), according to phase 3 study results reported at the 2013 American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) Annual Meeting.
Interest in pancreatic neuroendocrine tumors (pNETs) has grown since the recent approval of targeted agents for advanced disease, as was evident by the attendance at several sessions during the European Society for Medical Oncology (ESMO) 2012 Congress in Vienna, Austria.1
Interest in pancreatic neuroendocrine tumors (pNETs) has grown since the recent approval of targeted agents for advanced disease, as was evident by the attendance at several sessions during the European Society for Medical Oncology (ESMO) 2012 Congress in Vienna, Austria.1

Pancreatic neuroendocrine tumor (PNET) refers to several tumor types located in the pancreas. These tumors are classified as functional or nonfunctional depending on production and secretion of bioactive hormones. Functional PNETs cause clinical symptoms associated with their tumor classification.

CHICAGO—Patients with myelodysplastic syndromes (MDS) treated with hypomethylating agents (HMAs), especially decitabine, are more likely to achieve hematologic responses when treated with a greater number of cycles, investigators from Georgia Cancer Specialists in Marietta reported at the 2010 annual meeting of the American Society of Clinical Oncology.


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