Vidyya Medical News Service
Volume 5 Issue 136 Published - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 16-May-2003 Next Update - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 17-May-2003
little clear gif used for spacer

FDA approves Velcade For multiple myeloma treatment
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) today announced the approval of Velcade (bortezomib) injection, a new treatment for multiple myeloma, a cancer of the bone marrow. FDA reviewed the application for this drug in less than four months. Velcade is the first in a new class of anticancer agents known as proteasome inhibitors.  more

Information for patients: Questions and answers on Velcade
What is Velcade and how does it work? What is Velcade used for? Are proteasomes found in only cancer cells? What is Multiple Myeloma? What are the symptoms of Multiple Myeloma? How many clinical studies were performed with Velcade and what did they show? Answers for patients and clinicians, to these questions and more, today in Vidyya.  more


Broccoli chemical can block the growth of prostate cancer cells
Those seeking yet another reason to eat their veggies, take note. Researchers at the University of California, Berkeley, have found that a chemical produced when digesting such greens as broccoli and kale can stifle the growth of human prostate cancer cells.  more

Study finds portion of population resistant to infectious Norwalk virus
Noroviruses, which have been especially problematic in the cruise industry in recent years, cause digestive tract infection or irritation resulting in an estimated 23 million infections, 50,000 hospitalizations and 300 deaths nationwide each year. more

Prescribing information: Velcade (bortezomib)
Velcade should only be used in people who have already been treated with two other types of chemotherapy (drugs used to kill cancer cells), and whose cancer has still progressed on the most recent therapy. Velcade is a new type of cancer drug called a proteasome inhibitor. Proteasomes are enzymes found in cells, and play a role in regulating cell function and growth. Velcade blocks the activity of proteasomes. This blockade can lead to death of cancer cells.  more

little clear gif used for a space