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FDA approves Dendreon's cancer drug Provenge

NEW YORK (AP) - The Food and Drug Administration says it has approved a drug that is designed to stimulate a patient's immune system to fight prostate cancer.

The agency says it cleared marketing of Dendreon Corp.'s drug treatment Provenge, which is intended to treat prostate cancer that has spread elsewhere in the body and is not responding to hormone therapy.

 Provenge is made by taking immune cells from a patient's blood and exposing them to a protein found in most prostate cancers. That encourages the cells to attack the cancer. Shares of Seattle-based Dendreon jumped 19 percent to new highs ahead of the news.

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