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US Oncology Helps Deliver Latest Cancer Therapies Through Local Community Access to Cutting Edge Research
Date:8/19/2010

THE WOODLANDS, Texas, Aug. 19 /PRNewswire/ -- US Oncology, Inc., the nation's leading integrated oncology company, announced today that in less than two decades it has played a role in the development of 42 novel cancer therapies approved by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

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Tasigna® (nilotinib) capsules, a medicine developed by Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation, was the most recent therapy to benefit from clinical trials conducted in part by physicians and patients within the US Oncology Research network. The drug, which was recently approved by the FDA, is for the treatment of adult patients with newly diagnosed Philadelphia chromosome-positive chronic myeloid leukemia (Ph+CML) in chronic phase.

"US Oncology Research contributed more patients in the United States to this study than any other group," said Kathryn Kolibaba, MD, lead investigator in the US Oncology Research network for the Tasigna clinical trial and medical oncologist with Northwest Cancer Specialists-Vancouver Cancer Center. "One of the strengths of the US Oncology Research network is in being able to find patients with less common diseases. CML is such a disease."

US Oncology is affiliated with 500 sites of care throughout the nation and its network treats more than 850,000 patients a year.  Whether it's to treat a common cancer like breast or prostate or a disease more rare like CML, the ability of the US Oncology Research network to reach patients in their local communities
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