Researchers announced earlier this summer at the 2008 American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) Annual Meeting that gemcitabine (Gemzar) is effective as a treatment after
surgery for patients diagnosed with early-stage pancreatic cancer.
Gemzar is currently used as standard treatment for patients with advanced pancreatic cancer that can not be removed by surgery. Previous results presented in 2005 showed that
Gemzar increases the length of time a patient is free of cancer. The study was extended to see if Gemzar would affect survival. Results showed treatment with Gemzar more than
doubled the five-year survival rate among patients, when used after surgery.
Each year researchers, doctors, and other health care professionals come together to discuss new findings and improvements in cancer care at the ASCO Annual Meeting.
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