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Warning Over Global Cancer Levels

(BBC News) Sept 7, 2011 - The number of new cancer cases has increased by 20% in under a decade and now stands at 12 million a year, according to the World Cancer Research Fund.

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Winston Wong, PharmD (Posted: September 07, 2011)

quotesIs it really an increase in the incidence of cancer, or we simply getting better at detection? I suspect it is a little of both.quotes

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Pfizer's Future: A Niche Blockbuster

(Wall Street Journal) Aug 30, 2011 - Four years ago, Pfizer Inc. was on the verge of abandoning a cancer therapy that had shown little promise.

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Winston Wong, PharmD (Posted: August 30, 2011)

quotesSo the test runs $1500 as a battery, however what is the consistency of the test results when run by different labs. There needs to be some consistency between labs for us to even start to trust the results. As well, for the 5% that is the target population for Xalkori, comparative effectiveness trial results would be really helpful here with the $115k price tag.quotes

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Addition of Oxaliplatin Ups Survival in Stage II/III Colon CA

(MD News) Aug 29, 2011 - In patients with stage II/III colon cancer, the addition of oxaliplatin to fluorouracil plus leucovorin therapy is superior to FULV in improving disease-free survival, but not overall survival, but in patients younger than 70 years, oxaliplatin improves OS, according to a study published online Aug. 22 in the Journal of Clinical Oncology.

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Winston Wong, PharmD (Posted: August 30, 2011)

quotesToo bad 5-FU has joined the list of drugs in short supply.....for whatever reason.quotes

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