14 Mar '11, 2am

New drug trial for lung cancer patients

LUNG cancer patients here will qualify for a new drug trial scheduled to start before the year end. Developed entirely in Singapore, the oral drug, called SB939, is targeted at lung cancer patients suffering from a particular strain called adenocarcinoma, which affects mainly Asian non-smokers. In the Republic, lung cancer is the second-most common form of cancer affecting men, and third-most common among women. About one-third of lung cancer patients here suffer from the adenocarcinoma strain. The trial will admit 35 to 50 such patients from Singapore and the region, chosen from volunteers and doctor referrals. It is expected to last between a year and 11/2 years. The drug is the result of a collaboration among the National University Cancer Institute, Singapore; the Cancer Science Institute of Singapore and local biotechnology company S*BIO. Read the full story in Monday...

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