[MOL] More on pain related to Aredia and advanced breast cancer [02519] Medicine On Line

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[MOL] More on pain related to Aredia and advanced breast cancer

A press piece which ran on the Associated Press wire (more on 
Aredia and pain related to advanced breast cancer...)

"Drug eases bone pain of advanced breast cancer

BOSTON (AP) - A bone-protecting drug can significantly reduce pain and
fractures in women with spreading breast cancer, a study found. 

The drug, called Aredia or pamidronate, slows the destruction of bone
that is a common and painful complication of some forms of cancer. 

Aredia has been on the market since 1991 for other cancer-related bone
disorders. It was approved by the Food and Drug Administration in July
for treating breast cancer that has spread to the bone. 

Researchers said the medicine might also be useful for the skeletal
complications of some other tumors, including cancer of the lung,
kidney and prostate. 

The study, led by Dr. Gabriel N. Hortobagyi of M.D. Anderson Cancer
Center in Houston, was conducted on 382 women at hospitals in the
United States, Canada, Australia and New Zealand. 

The drug delayed the start of bone complications in these women by six

The research was paid for by Ciba-Geigy Corp., which makes Aredia. The
findings were published in today's issue of the New England Journal of

Copyright Lubbock Avalanche-Journal 1996"


Mary Elizabeth Zimnik
Office of Public Relations
Agnes Scott College
141 East College Avenue
Decatur, GA 30030

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