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This Drug Shrank Cancer in 80% of Patients

A clinical trial at the University of Michigan showed promise for oral drug zanubrutinib to combat a specific type of lymphoma.


A recent SciTechDaily article discussed a promising new study out of the University of Michigan that could change the way we treat lymphoma. The oral drug zanubrutinib was used to combat a specific type of slow-growing cancer known as marginal zone lymphoma. Results showed that the drug shrank cancer in 80% of the 20 subjects, with a fifth of them going into complete remission.

Zanubrutinib is a novel drug known as a Bruton Tyrosine Kinase inhibitor that blocks a specific enzyme that allows lymphomas to survive and grow. The clinical trial’s  results combined with a secondary study gained the drug FDA approval on a contingent basis for adults with that specific lymphoma that has otherwise been treated unsuccessfully.

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