Released in the May problem of Cancer Cell.

Dr. William A. Weiss, from the Section of Neurology at the University of California, San Francisco and coworkers sought to recognize which PI3 kinase isoforms are crucial for growth and progression of malignant glioma cells. UCSF colleagues Zachary Knight and Kevan Shokat synthesized and characterized a number of novel inhibitors that period the various PI3 kinase isoforms . Qi-Wen Fan in the Weiss lab screened these brokers in glioma cell lines. One compound, PI-103, and potently blocked the growth of glioma cells uniquely.1 The GEICAM 8701 trial showed that in a prospectively defined subgroup of sufferers with node-negative disease, adjuvant FAC was connected with significant improvements in disease-free survival and overall survival in comparison with CMF,13 yet a lot more than 25 percent of patients treated with FAC had recurrent disease at a decade. In 2005, the St. Gallen panelists revised their risk classification, with node-negative disease which has features conferring a even worse prognosis put into an intermediate-risk category.20 This is an important consideration, since women with node-negative breast cancer may be offered chemotherapy much less often than people that have node-positive disease.21 The controversy surrounding the usage of adjuvant chemotherapy in patients with early-stage breast cancer who have a comparatively good prognosis results partly from concerns about long-term toxic effects and a high risk:benefit ratio .