Treatment for metastatic pancreatic cancer has seen progress in recent years, but outcomes remain poor and treatment advances that can prolong patients’ lives, even for a few months, are eagerly awaited. Two papers published today in the scientific journal Nature Medicine report that a new combination of two drugs that are FDA-approved for other conditions may significantly delay progression of pancreatic cancer in cells and in mice. Furthermore, the first patient treated with this combination experienced a prolonged response that lasted almost 6 months.
Musella Foundation, Cancer Commons, xCures and Oncoceutics announced the initiation of a collaboration to develop ONC201 as a new treatment for diffuse intrinsic pontine glioma (DIPG) and other H3 K27M-mutant gliomas.
Critical to the collaboration is $1M in funding from The Musella Foundation, Michael Mosier Defeat DIPG Foundation and The Cure Starts Now Foundation. Cancer Commons and xCures will contribute additional resources to the success of the collaboration. “The Musella Foundation, Michael Mosier Defeat DIPG Foundation and The Cures Starts Now Foundation are excited to partner with Oncoceutics to translate a new molecularly-targeted therapeutic concept,” said Al Musella, DPM, President and Founder of the Musella Foundation.
Due to the tumor location within the midline region of the brain, as well as patients with a specific mutation called H3 K27M, patients often have significant neurological symptoms from their disease. There are no proven therapeutic options other than palliative radiotherapy. However, emerging clinical results have shown that some patients with H3 K27M-mutant glioma treated with single agent ONC201 have had their tumor stabilize or shrink and have had improvements in neurological symptoms, such as paralyses of peripheral and cranial nerves. Continue reading…