Study Uncovers Drug Combination for Sarcomatoid Mesothelioma

Researchers in Spain have discovered a drug combination showing potential in treating the most difficult-to-treat type of malignant mesothelioma. Selumetinib and AZD8186, already being studied separately in clinical trials for other cancers, displayed efficacy when used in combination on mesothelioma of the sarcomatoid cell type. Researchers at the Spanish National Cancer Research Centre made the discovery during their study using mice models and human tumor cells in the laboratory. “The findings, we hope, are relevant,” Dr. Paco Real, who led the study, told The Mesothelioma Center at Asbestos.com. “We don’t know yet how important they are. We’re still being cautious in our predictions. Curing mice is different than curing patients.” Cancer Research published the findings Jan. 7. Pushing for Clinical Trial Help Real wants to begin a clinical trial with human patients as soon as possible, but he still needs one of the major drug companies to participate. “The most important thing now is persuading the pharmaceutical industry to support a clinical trial,” he said. “We’re pushing hard in that direction. We’ve done all we can do to reach this point. Without a pharmaceutical company willing to help, though, we’re wasting our time.” Although costs of clinical trials are often minimal for patients, it costs hundreds of thousands of dollars — even for the beginning phases of drug development — ...
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Date: Friday, 02 28, 2020; Speaker: Jonathan Wasserman, Staff Physician, SickKids; BG 10-CRC; FAES 1&2
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Authors: Maruta M, Miyoshi T, Matsuo N, Yamashina T, Irie K, Tsuruta M, Tsukada H, Tsuruyama M, Nagano M, Hiraki Y Abstract We administered FOLFOX (oxaliplatin (L-OHP) plus infusional 5-fluorouracil (5-FU) and leucovorin) to an hemodialysis (HD) patient with advanced gastric cancer (AGC), and investigated pharmacokinetics (PKs) and dialyzability of L-OHP. The patient was a 54-year-old Japanese man with a diagnosis of inoperable AGC. FOLFOX was instituted 3 h prior to the start of a 4 h HD period with the L-OHP and 5-FU doses reduced by 50% for the first cycle, and 30% reduced dose was administered for...
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