Bloomberg Anywhere Login


Connecting decision makers to a dynamic network of information, people and ideas, Bloomberg quickly and accurately delivers business and financial information, news and insight around the world.


Financial Products

Enterprise Products


Customer Support

  • Americas

    +1 212 318 2000

  • Europe, Middle East, & Africa

    +44 20 7330 7500

  • Asia Pacific

    +65 6212 1000


Industry Products

Media Services

Follow Us

Abraxis Chemotherapy Drug Prolongs Life in Pancreatic Cancer

May 20 (Bloomberg) -- Abraxis BioScience Inc.’s drug Abraxane benefitted more than one-third of pancreatic-cancer patients who didn’t respond to a standard treatment, a study found.

In the trial, 19 patients whose cancer didn’t improve on Eli Lilly & Co.’s chemotherapy drug Gemzar were given Abraxane. At the six-month mark, 11 of the patients were alive. Five patients had survived at a one-year follow-up, including one patient whose disease had stabilized, according to data the company will present at the annual meeting of the American Society of Clinical Oncology next month.

More than 42,000 people in the U.S. were diagnosed with pancreatic cancer last year and about 35,000 people died of the disease, according to the National Cancer Institute in Bethesda, Maryland. The one-year survival rate is about 20 percent, making it one of the deadliest cancers.

“The success of Abraxane in patients with pancreatic cancer supports our belief and understanding of how the nab-driven chemotherapy leverages the tumor biology against itself to increase efficacy,” Patrick Soon-Shiong, executive chairman and founder of Los Angeles-based Abraxis, said in a statement.

Abraxane’s “nab” technology combines the proven chemotherapy paclitaxel, from New York-based Bristol-Myers Squibb, with the protein albumin, allowing the drug to be given at a higher dose, according to a company fact sheet. The median survival for patients getting the treatment was 7.3 months.

Abraxane is approved for treating metastatic breast cancer and is in testing for lung and pancreatic cancer.

The results on Abraxane were among 4,500 scientific summaries released today by the American Society of Clinical Oncology in advance of the organization’s conference in Chicago, which begins June 4. Another Abraxis presentation on June 7 will show the results of a study of Abraxane as a first-line treatment for patients with advanced lung cancer.

To contact the reporters on this story: Ellen Gibson in New York at;

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Reg Gale at

Please upgrade your Browser

Your browser is out-of-date. Please download one of these excellent browsers:

Chrome, Firefox, Safari, Opera or Internet Explorer.