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FDA Approves New Treatment for CLL


The FDA has granted accelerated approval for GlaxoSmithKline and Genmab’s Arzerra™ (ofatumumab) for people with chronic lymphocytic leukemia whose cancer is no longer being controlled by other forms of chemotherapy. Arzerra is a monoclonal antibody that causes the body’s immune response to fight against both normal and malignant B cells.

The manufacturer is currently conducting a clinical trial in people with CLL to confirm that the addition of Arzerra to standard chemotherapy delays the progression of the disease.












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This article was published in Coping® with Cancer magazine, January/February 2010.