People across the world are mourning the death of Apple co-founder Steve Jobs, who passed away Wednesday, Oct 5, following a battle with pancreatic cancer. Jobs' death has turned attention to rare form of cancer, for which the U.S. Food and Drug Administration this May approved a new drug - the first new option in nearly 30 years. Learn more about the drug, everolimus, and how it's helping patients with pancreatic neuroendocrine tumors.
By Lori Baker, MD Anderson Staff Writer
Not many emails make you cry. But tears of joy rolled down Carmen Jacobs' face when she read that the drug everolimus had been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for patients with pancreatic neuroendocrine tumors (pNET).
She considers this treatment one of her biggest efforts as a research nurse, and this news meant it had just been delivered to patients everywhere. It's a much-anticipated arrival, since this is the first new treatment option for these patients in nearly 30 years.
"I was there when Dr. Yao treated the first patient in the very first clinical trial about six years ago," says Jacobs, research nurse supervisor, Gastrointestinal (GI) Medical Oncology, who also worked on each subsequent trial. "I was so happy when I got his message saying it was approved. Now all of these patients have access to a new treatment that provides more hope for a longer and better life."