Genentech, Inc. Release: First FDA-Approved Treatment To Improve Survival For Patients With The Aggressive Form Of Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma In More Than 25 Years

NEW YORK, Feb. 10 /PRNewswire/ -- Patients with non-Hodgkin's lymphoma, any cancer of the lymphoid tissue in which lymphocytes proliferate and grow uncontrollably, now have a new weapon in the battle against an aggressive form of the disease. The US Food and Drug Administration has approved Rituxan for use in the first-line treatment of patients with diffuse large B-cell CD20-positive, non-Hodgkin's lymphoma (DLBCL), in combination with CHOP (cyclophosphamide, doxorubicin, vincristine and prednisone) or other anthracycline-based chemotherapy regimens.

With this approval, Rituxan in combination with chemotherapy becomes the first FDA-approved treatment to improve survival for patients with this type of Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma since the introduction of a specific kind of chemotherapy called CHOP more than 25 years ago.

An estimated 360,000 Americans have NHL and more than 58,000 new cases are diagnosed annually.

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NEWS: FDA Approves Rituxan(R) for Diffuse Large B-Cell Lymphoma: An Aggressive Form of Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma

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