Publication: ASH Clinical NewsOriginal Source: Journal of the National Care InstituteDesign: Assessment of longitudinal changes in memory, attention, and executive function in men and women with lymphoma (n=248; 62.5% male) prior to and six months after initiation of chemotherapy. A group of age- and sex-matched people without cancer was used as a control arm (n=212; […]
Reference Source: JAMA Network OpenDesign: Retrospective study of 8,953 patients from the National Cancer Database; compared the use of definitive treatment between 2004 and 2014 of 1,280 young adults (YAs, aged 18-39 years); 3,937 patients aged 40-64 years; and 3,756 patients age 65+.Results: Amputation – 8.1% (YAs), 5.5% (40-64), 5.3% (65+). Chemotherapy – 39.4% (YAs), […]
This version of the carboplatin AUC calculator includes a standard multi-clearance output to help you make an informed decision in determining an appropriate final carboplatin dose. Added bonus? Be sure to check the link to the “new version,” which includes the CKD-EPI equation (corrected for BSA) as an additional clearance equation.
Publication: JAMA Oncology Objective: With NSCLC having relatively poor outcomes and the significant data supporting the use of metformin as an antineoplastic agent, the researchers wanted to compare overall or progression-free survival in chemoradiation alone vs. chemoradiation + metformin stage III NSCLC patients. Design: Randomized clinical trial, open-label, phase 2 study; 167 eligible patients
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 […]
Published recently in Blood, the University of Guelph study highlights a compound only found in avocados – avocatin B – that inhibits the enzyme VLCAD, which is highly prevalent in acute myeloid leukemia (AML). Because the cancer cells rely on this pathway to survive, scientists are hoping to hold human clinical trials to gauge whether […]
The third case in a three-part series, this article chronicles the treatment journey of a 50-year-old male patient who had been diagnosed with left-sided colon cancer in January 2016. After multiple FOLFOX doses, FOLFIRI cycles, and resection, the patient began treatment with regorafenib in July 2020 as a third-line treatment, with the hope that this […]
From the pages of Blood Advances comes this Clinical Trials & Observations piece discussing the IDEAL trial. Backed by visual abstracts, tables, and charts supporting the data, the article explores two key points in augmenting chemotherapy efficacy: caloric restriction and using insulin and adiponectin as potential biomarkers of B-ALL chemosensitivity.
Although the MYSTIC phase 3 clinical trial examining durvalumab therapy for non–small-cell lung cancer (NSCLC) did not meet its primary end points – overall survival (OS) and progression-free survival (PFS) – it did show a numerically reduced risk for death with durvalumab (Imfinzi) versus chemotherapy in patients with PD-L1 expression on ≥25% of tumor cells.