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.
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.
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 […]
In addition to reducing pack-years history of smoking, the recommendation calls for annual screening for lung cancer at age 50 years instead of age 55 years, an update of the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) guidance on lung cancer screening issued 7 years ago.
The Journal of Clinical Oncology published the double-blind, phase 3 KEYNOTE-604 clinical trial study results, which sought to compare pembrolizumab plus etoposide and platinum (EP) with placebo plus EP in treatment-naïve patients with ES-SCLC.
The findings, recently published in the Journal of Thoracic Oncology, suggested that patients with ALK rearrangements may benefit from prophylactic anticoagulation, and venous thromboembolism risk prediction scores may improve if ALK rearrangement status is incorporated.
The approval of capmatinib and its companion diagnostic is the first of its kind for this specific diagnosis, using next-generation sequencing to perform comprehensive genomic profiling of solid tumors. It now has FDA approval for 21 different agents.
According to the results of a single-arm, multicenter phase 2 trial in JAMA Oncology, low-dose erlotinib may be a safe and effective option for frail or elderly patients with EGFR mutation-positive NSCLC.
Based on monotherapy data from an open-label, multi-center, single-arm study of 105 adults with platinum-sensitive and platinum-resistant SCLC that progressed after platinum-based chemotherapy, the FDA granted accelerated approval to lurbinectedin (Zepzelca; Jazz Pharmaceuticals and PharmaMar).
On May 31, 2020, at the virtual scientific program of the 2020 American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) Annual Meeting Plenary Sessions, late-breaking data dropped for three potentially practice-changing studies: JAVELIN Bladder 100, KEYNOTE-177, and ADAURA.