In this cohort study of 34,131 patients with cancer published in JAMA Oncology, trial ineligibility was associated with a greater likelihood of immune checkpoint inhibitor (ICI) monotherapy use compared with non-ICI therapy. Among trial-ineligible patients, there were no overall survival differences between treatment with ICI monotherapy, ICI combination therapy, and non-ICI therapy.
In a study in the journal Nature Cancer, the researchers found that in laboratory cell lines and tumor models novobiocin selectively killed tumor cells with abnormal BRCA1 or BRCA2 genes, which help repair damaged DNA. The drug, developed in the 1950s and largely supplanted by newer drugs, was effective even in tumors resistant to agents […]
In this JAMA Original Investigation, the researchers studied 19,529 patients with Medicare coverage who initiated first systemic therapy for advanced non–small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) using 1 of 4 regimens of checkpoint inhibitor immunotherapy, cytotoxic chemotherapy, and combined chemoimmunotherapy. The goal? To gauge the uptake and effectiveness of immunotherapy among older patients outside clinical trials.
As a TROP-2-directed antibody-drug conjugate with an SN-38 payload that has shown preliminary activity in metastatic urothelial carcinoma (mUC), sacituzumab govitecan (SG) – brand name Trodelvy –was evaluated and compared to current treatments to gauge whether SG objective response rates (ORRs) and median overall survival (OS) outperform the average of 10% ORR and 7 to […]
The Journal of Clinical Oncology presents a Rapid Communications summary of the PENELOPE-B trial, a double-blind, placebo‐controlled, phase III study in women with HR+, HER2- primary breast cancer without a pathological complete response after taxane‐containing NACT and at high risk of relapse. With about one-third of women relapsing, palbociclib – a cyclin-dependent kinase 4 and […]
In this Q&A with Dr. Jorge Cortes, the Director of the Georgia Cancer Center, the drug asciminib is discussed based on its utility as a third-generation TKI as well as its favorable, unique characteristics. Early data has shown promising results with few adverse events, possibly illuminating the drug as a potential first-in-class agent.
According to research presented at the virtual ASCO GI Cancers Symposium from the phase 3 ALTER0703 trial, anlotinib was beneficial in Chinese patients with refractory metastatic colorectal cancer (CRC), with particular overall survival (OS) improvement – the primary endpoint – among patients with RAS/KRAS/BRAF-wildtype.
Dr. David P. Carbone, Director of the Thoracic Oncology Center at Ohio State University, comments on a study evaluating the efficacy of anti–PD1/PD-L1 monotherapy for patients with NSCLC and active brain metastases: “…the initial hope that PD‑1 inhibitors could be active on brain metastases has not been fully fulfilled, and the aggressive use of stereotactic […]
From the pages of Clinical Advances in Hematology & Oncology comes this Q&A with Jennifer A. Woyach, MD, a Professor of Medicine in the Division of Hematology at the Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center. Dr. Woyach provides extensive commentary on BTK, BCL2, and PI3K inhibitors, FCR usage, and the importance of clinical trials when […]
In June 2020, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) granted accelerated approval to tazemetostat (Tazverik, Epizyme), an oral EZH2 inhibitor for the treatment of adult patients with relapsed/refractory follicular lymphoma (FL). Clinical Advances in Hematology & Oncology takes a closer look at this new treatment through a conversation with Dr. Connie Lee Batlevi from […]