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European study of pancreatic cancer to use Utah equipment

Published February 21, 2012 10:55 am

Treatment • BSD Medical's hyperthermia system enters next phase of clinical trials.
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Utah's BSD Medical said a new clinical study is being launched in Europe to further measure the benefits of combining the use of hyperthermia with chemotherapy for the treatment of pancreatic cancer.

The study, which will be carried out at four sites in Germany, will compare using chemotherapy combined with BSD's heat-treatment system to using chemotherapy alone.

BSD said the Phase III study is being sponsored by the European Society for Hyperthermic Oncology.

The Utah company said an earlier Phase II study that used chemotherapy and hyperthermia to treat 21 inoperable pancreatic cancer patients produced an overall patient survival rate of 16.9 months versus six months using chemotherapy alone.

The difference between a Phase II and Phase III study is that in the later patients will be assigned to the two treatment groups at random, said Dixie Sells, vice president of regulatory affairs at BSD Medical. "A Phase III study is considered the gold standard for clinical research."

The study is scheduled to open for patient enrollment on April 1. Researchers will be accepting patients from the United States, but they will have to travel to Germany for treatment, Sells said.

The coordinating investigator will be Rolf D. Issls, a doctor with the Department of Medical Oncology at the Munich University Medical School in Germany.

BSD Medical, whose shares are listed on the Nasdaq stock market and are trading in the $2.50 range, manufacturers hyperthermia systems that treat cancers using heat that is produced from focused radio-frequency and microwave energy.

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