PhRMA compiled a report – released April 1, 2009 – regarding all the “medicines in the research pipeline for cancer” as a result of President Obamas call for “curing cancer in our time.” The report includes those drugs that are currently in human clinical trials as well as those awaiting FDA approval. No wonder my cancer center friends have been so busy!
The top 4 types of cancer being researched include:
- 122 drugs for lung cancer
- 107 for breast cancer
- 103 for prostate cancer
- 70 for colorectal cancer
A unique application is the use of scorpions (actually, using a synthetic substance derived from them) to directly treat brain tumors.