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Saturday, October 1, 2011

'Micro'-Chemo and Cancer Pill Combo Tested in Liver Cancer Patients

ScienceDaily (Sep. 30, 2011) — A combination of an oral drug, called sorafenib, and a method for injecting microbeads of chemotherapy directly into tumors has been proven safe for liver cancer patients and may improve outcomes for those who have these fast-growing, deadly tumors whose numbers are on the rise in the U.S.

Reporting in the Sept. 12 online version of the Journal of Clinical Oncology, Johns Hopkins investigators tested the combination in 35 patients with advanced, inoperable liver cancer. Both sorafenib and the chemotherapy drug used in this study, doxorubicin, have independently -- but not in combination -- been approved to treat liver cancer.

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