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Cell Therapeutics, Inc. (CTI) Announces Presentations at AmericanSociety of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) Annual Meeting

SEATTLE, May 27, 2008 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Cell Therapeutics, Inc. (CTI) today announced that the following presentations will be made on its product Zevalin(R) (Ibritumomab Tiuxetan) and its development product OPAXIO(TM) (paclitaxel poliglumex, formerly XYOTAX(TM)) at the 44th American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) Annual Meeting, May 30 through June 3, 2008, in Chicago.

    Date     Time        Poster #       Title


    Sat.,    8:00 AM     47D(8565)      Phase I trial of yttrium 90

    May 31   poster                     ibritumomab tiuxetan (90Y-RIT)

                                        with autologous stem cell

                                        transplantation (ASCT) in

                                        patients with relapsed or

                                        refractory B-cell non-

                                        Hodgkin's lymphoma (NHL)

    Sat.,    8:00 AM     56E(8615)      Yttrium-90 ibritumomab

    May 31   poster                     tiuxetan combined with high-

                                        dose BEAM chemotherapy and

                                        autologous stem cell

                                        transplantation for

                                        relapsed/refractory B-cell

                                        non-Hodgkin's lymphoma

    Sun.,    2:00 PM     20D(3075)      Retrospective study of RIT

    June 1   poster                     (radiolabelled immunotherapy)

                                        with 90Y-IT (90Y-ibritumomab

                                        tiuxetan) in relapsing FL

                                        (follicular lymphoma) after

                                        autologous (BM) bone marrow

                                        transplant (ABMT)

    Mon.,    2:00 PM     32A(1063)      Phase II trial of paclitaxel

    June 2   poster                     poliglumex (PPX) with

                                        capecitabine (C) for

                                        metastatic breast cancer


For more information about the ASCO annual meeting, please refer to the conference Web site at

About Zevalin(R)

Zevalin(R) (Ibritumomab Tiuxetan) is a form of cancer therapy called radioimmunotherapy and is indicated as part of the Zevalin therapeutic regimen for treatment of relapsed or refractory, low-grade or follicular B-cell non-Hodgkin's lymphoma, including patients with rituximab refractory follicular NHL. It was approved by the FDA in February of 2002 as the first radioimmunotherapeutic agent for the treatment of NHL.

Rare deaths associated with an infusion reaction symptom complex have occurred within 24 hours of rituximab infusions. Yttrium-90 Zevalin administration results in severe and prolonged cytopenias in most patients. Severe cutaneous and mucocutaneous reactions have been reported. The most serious adverse reactions of the Zevalin therapeutic regimen were primarily hematologic, including neutropenia, thrombocytopenia, and anemia. Infusion- related toxicities were associated with pre-administration of rituximab. The risk of hematologic toxicity correlated with the degree of bone marrow involvement prior to Zevalin therapy. Myelodysplasia or acute myelogenous leukemia was observed in 2 percent of patients (8 to 34 months after treatment). Zevalin should only be used by health care professionals qualified by training and experience in the safe use of radionuclides.

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About Cell Therapeutics, Inc.

Headquartered in Seattle, CTI is a biopharmaceutical company committed to developing an integrated portfolio of oncology products. For additional information, please visit

     Media Contact:

     Dan Eramian

     T: 206.272.4343

     C: 206.854.1200

     Investors Contact:

     Leah Grant

     T: 206.282.7100

     F: 206.272.4434


     Medical Information Contact:

     T: 800.715.0944


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Posted: May 2008