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New Drugs May Make A Dent In Lung, Ovarian Cancer

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CHICAGO (AP) - For the first time in a decade, an experimental drug has extended the life of patients with advanced lung cancer who relapsed after standard chemotherapy.

But the benefit in the study was so small - six extra weeks, on average - that it is raising fresh questions about the value of some costly new cancer medicines.

Eli Lilly and Co.'s drug Cyramza (sih-RAM-zuh) was tested in more than 1,200 patients. It is sold now for stomach cancer and costs $6,000 per infusion.

The study was discussed Saturday at a cancer conference in Chicago where doctors also reported progress with new drugs against relapsed ovarian cancer and chronic lymphocytic leukemia, the most common type of leukemia in adults.

 

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