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FDA approved lusutrombopag (Mulpleta, Shionogi Inc.) for thrombocytopenia in adults with chronic liver disease who are scheduled to undergo a medical or dental procedure. More Information.  July 31, 2018.

FDA approved mogamulizumab for adult patients with relapsed or refractory CTCL

On the 8th of August 2018, the FDA approved mogamulizumab-kpkc (Poteligeo®, Kyowa Kirin), a CC chemokine receptor type 4 (CCR4) directed monoclonal antibody, for use in adult patients with relapsed or refractory cutaneous T-cell lymphoma (CTCL).

FDA approved lusutrombopag (Mulpleta, Shionogi Inc.) for thrombocytopenia in adults with chronic liver disease who are scheduled to undergo a medical or dental procedure. More Information.  July 31, 2018.

Lusutrombopag FDA approved for thrombocytopenia in adult chronic liver disease patients

On the 31st of July 2018, the FDA approved lusutrombopag (Mulpleta®, Shionogi) for thrombocytopenia in adult chronic liver disease (CLD) patients scheduled for an invasive medical or dental procedure.

Iobenguane I-131 FDA approved for rare adrenal neuroendocrine tumours

On July 30, 2018, the FDA approved iobenguane I-131 (Azedra®, Progenics Pharmaceuticals), a radioactive therapeutic agent, for the treatment of adult and paediatric patients ≥12 years with iobenguane scan positive, locally advanced or metastatic pheochromocytoma or paraganglioma (PPGL) not amenable to surgery and indicated for systemic therapy.

Osimertinib in patients with T790M-positive advanced non-small cell lung cancer and brain metastases (AURA3)

Osimertinib is active in the second-line treatment of patients with T790M-positive advanced non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) and central nervous system (CNS) metastases, as reported by the investigators of the Phase III AURA3 study.

Ivosidenib FDA approved for relapsed or refractory acute myeloid leukemia

On July 20, 2018, the US FDA approved ivosidenib (Tibsovo©, Agios Pharmaceuticals) for use in adult patients with relapsed or refractory acute myeloid leukaemia (AML) harbouring a susceptible IDH1 mutation as detected by an FDA-approved companion diagnostic (CDx) test, the Abbott RealTime IDH1 Assay.

FDA approved enzalutamide (XTANDI, Astellas Pharma US, Inc.), for patients with castration-resistant prostate cancer (CRPC). More Information.  July 13, 2018

Filgrastim-aafi FDA approved as Filgrastim Biosimilar

On July 20, the FDA approved filgrastim-aafi (Nivestym®, Pfizer), as a biosimilar to filgrastim (Neupogen, Amgen). The label includes all indications of the reference product.

U.S. FDA Approved Immune-Checkpoint Inhibitors Updated 19-Jul-2018

Since 2011, when the United States Food and Drug Administration (U.S. FDA) approved ipilimumab (Yervoy®) for malignant melanoma, several immune-checkpoint inhibitors have been granted marketing authorisation. Do you know all the indications? MediPaper made an overview of all the U.S. FDA approved immune-checkpoint inhibitors and other U.S. FDA approved immunotherapies.

Ribociclib FDA label updated to include pre- and perimenopausal women

On July 18, 2018, the US FDA expanded the ribociclib (Kysqali©, Novartis)  approval. Ribociclib plus an aromatase inhibitor as initial endocrine-based therapy is no longer limited to postmenopausal HR-positive, HER2-negative advanced or metastatic breast cancer patients alone and now includes pre- and perimenopausal women. Furthermore, the FDA has added the combination ribociclib plus fulvestrant as initial endocrine-based therapy for postmenopausal women with HR-positive, HER2-negative advanced or metastatic breast cancer.

FDA approved enzalutamide (XTANDI, Astellas Pharma US, Inc.), for patients with castration-resistant prostate cancer (CRPC). More Information.  July 13, 2018

Enzalutamide FDA approved for castration-resistant prostate cancer (CRPC)

On July 13, the FDA approved enzalutamide (Xtandi©, Astellas), for use in patients with castration-resistant prostate cancer (CRPC).

EBV, MSI, and CPS predict pembrolizumab outcome in gastric cancer

Metastatic gastric cancer (mGC) patients with microsatellite instability-high (MSI-H) or Epstein-Barr virus (EBV)-positive tumours, or those with a positive (≥1%) combined positive score (CPS) respond best to pembrolizumab PD-1 immunotherapy.

Ipilimumab plus nivolumab FDA approved for MSI-H and dMMR pre-treated mCRC

On July 10th, the FDA granted accelerated approval to ipilimumab (Yervoy©, Bristol-Myers Squibb) for use in combination with nivolumab (Opdivo©) for the treatment of adult and paediatric patients ≥12 years of age with microsatellite instability-high (MSI-H) or mismatch repair deficient (dMMR) metastatic colorectal cancer (mCRC) that has progressed following treatment with a fluoropyrimidine, oxaliplatin, and irinotecan.

Combination encorafenib plus binimetinib for unresectable/metastatic BRAF V600E or V600K-positive melanoma FDA approved

On June 27th, the FDA approved Array Biomarpharma's combination encorafenib (BRAFTOVI®) plus binimetinib (and MEKTOVI®) for patients with unresectable or metastatic melanoma harbouring a BRAF V600E or V600K mutation detected by an FDA-approved test.

ASCO 2018 NSCLC: The ASCO18 Lung Cancer Track Summarised

Non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC): a key feature of the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) 2018 annual meeting. This year, encouraging results with single-agent immunotherapy (I-O) and combinations of I-O with chemotherapy (CTx), including the CheckMate 227 with nivolumab (NIVO), IMpower131 and IMpower150 studies with atezolizumab (ATEZO), and KEYNOTE-042 and KEYNOTE-407 studies with pembrolizumab (PEMBRO). Furthermore, important Asian data on treatments for epidermal growth-factor recptor (EGFR) mutation-positive (mu+) NSCLC (ARCHER 1050, NEJ009, NEJ026, and JO25567).

FDA  has limited the use of Tecentriq and Keytruda for patients with locally advanced or metastatic urothelial cancer who are not eligible for cisplatin-containing therapy.  More Information.  June 19, 2018

FDA limits use of atezolizumab and pembrolizumab in urothelial carcinoma

On June 19, the FDA limited the use of atezolizumab and pembrolizumab for the treatment of locally advanced or metastatic urothelial cancer patients ineligible for cisplatin-containing therapy.

ASCO 2018 Breast Cancer: The ASCO18 breast cancer track summarised

Breast cancer: a front-runner when it comes to the development of novel therapeutic strategies. With the advent of newer targeted- and immunotherapies, oncologists have an increment of options to offer their patients. The American Society of Clinical Oncology’s (ASCO) 2018 Breast Cancer track offered an extensive look at the latest advancements and updates from on-going trials covering the various subtypes of breast cancer.

Bevacizumab in combination with carboplatin and paclitaxel FDA approved for several types of gynaecological cancers

 

  • On June 13, 2018, the FDA approved bevacizumab (AvastinⓇ, Genentech, Inc.) in combination with carboplatin and paclitaxel, followed by single-agent bevacizumab for use after surgical resection in patients with stage III or IV epithelial ovarian, fallopian tube, or primary peritoneal cancer.

FDA approved pembrolizumab for 3rd-line PMBCL in adult and pediatric patients

 

  • On June 13, 2018, the US FDA has granted accelerated approval to pembrolizumab (KeytrudaⓇ, Merck & Co. Inc.) for the treatment of adult and pediatric patients with primary mediastinal large B-cell lymphoma (PMBCL), relapsed after two or more prior lines of prior therapy.

FDA approved pembrolizumab for chemotherapy-refractory r/m cervical cancer with PD-L1 CPS ≥1 

 

  • On June 12, 2018 the FDA approved pembrolizumab (KeytrudaⓇ, Merck & Co. Inc.) for patients with chemotherapy-refractory recurrent or metastatic (r/m) cervical cancer and with a combined positive score (CPS)≥1 PD-L1 level expression.

ASCO 2018 HCC: The ASCO18 hepatocellular cancer track summarised

This year’s American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) annual meeting includes two Phase III studies in the second-line treatment of the disease. Moreover, data with several immune-checkpoint inhibitors were presented, including the KEYNOTE-224 with pembrolizumab. Welcome to the summary of the ASCO 2018 HCC track.

FDA approves venetoclax in 2nd-line for patients with CLL or SLL

 

  • FDA granted regular approval to venetoclax (VENCLEXTA,  AbbVie Inc. and Genentech Inc.) for patients with chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL) or small lymphocytic lymphoma (SLL), with or without 17p deletion, who have received at least one prior therapy.

FDA approved biosimilar pegfilgrastim to decrease the chance of febrile neutropenia in patients with non-myeloid cancers on myelosuppressive chemotherapy

 

  • FDA approved Fulphila (pegfilgrastim-jmdb, Mylan GmbH), a biosimilar of Neulasta (pegfilgrastim, Amgen, Inc.) to decrease the chance of infection due to febrile neutropenia in patients receiving myelosuppressive chemotherapy with clinically significant incidence of febrile neutropenia and with non-myeloid cancers.

AACR 2018: first-line atezolizumab, bevacizumab plus chemotherapy active in non-squamous NSCLC

First-line atezolizumab plus bevacizumab, carboplatin and paclitaxel improves PFS in patients with non-squamous NSCLC. Two presentations on the IMPower150 study by Martin Reck (ELCC 2018) and Mark Socinski (AACR 2018) discussed the frontline addition of atezolizumab to bevacizumab and chemotherapy in different lung cancer subgroups (NCT02366143).

US FDA approved CAR-t cell BiTE DAR-T cell CD19 Immunotherapies blinatumomab axicabtagene ciloleucel tisagenlecleucel

US FDA approved CAR-T cell and BiTE immunotherapy - Updated 2-May-2018

The two CAR-T cell immunotherapies axicabtagene ciloleucel (Yescarta®) and tisagenlecleucel (Kymriah®) and the BiTE blinatumomab (Blincyto®) have in common that they target CD19 on the cancer cells. Do you know all the US FDA approved CAR-T and BiTE immunotherapies?

Adjuvant dabrafenib plus trametinib FDA approved for BRAF V600E or V600K melanoma

The FDA granted regular approval to dabrafenib (Tafinlar®, Novartis) and trametinib (Mekinist®, Novartis) in combination for the adjuvant treatment of patients with melanoma with BRAF V600E or V600K mutations, as detected by an FDA-approved test, and involvement of lymph node(s), following complete resection. 

Nivolumab-Ipilimumab Combination: A New Option for TMB-High NSCLC (CheckMate 227)

AACR 2018: First-line nivolumab-ipilimumab in TMB-high NSCLC with was associated with a more than tripled 1-year progression-free survival (PFS) rate compared to platinum-based chemotherapy in the Phase III CheckMate 227 trial (NCT02477826).

FDA approved osimertinib for the 1st-line treatment of patients with EGFR exon 19 deletions or exon 21 L858R mutations positive metastatic non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC)

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FDA approved osimertinib (Tagrisso, AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals LP) for the 1st-line treatment of patients with metastatic non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) whose tumors have epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) exon 19 deletions or exon 21 L858R mutations, as detected by an FDA-approved test.

Frontline Combination of Pembrolizumab and Chemotherapy: A New Standard of Care for Non-squamous NSCLC

AACR 2018: Frontline pembrolizumab plus chemotherapy in NSCLC reduces the risk of death by more than 50%. The Phase III KEYNOTE-189 trial combined pembrolizumab (Keytruda®) plus standard of care platinum-based chemotherapy in non-squamous non–small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) without EGFR or ALK genetic aberrations (NCT0278680)

Frontline nivolumab plus ipilimumab approved for intermediate or poor risk advanced RCC

The FDA granted approvals to nivolumab and ipilimumab (Opdivo and Yervoy, Bristol-Myers Squibb) in combination for the treatment of intermediate or poor risk, previously untreated advanced renal cell carcinoma.

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Pembrolizumab effective in frontline NSCLC with low PD-L1 expression

Pembrolizumab (Keytruda®) as single-agent immunotherapy in the frontline setting of any histology NSCLC with a PD-L1 expression ≥1% was associated with improved overall survival (OS) when compared to platinum-doublet chemotherapy in the KEYNOTE-042.

Everolimus suspension approved in TSC-associated partial-onset seizures

On April 10, the FDA approved everolimus tablets for oral suspension (Afinitor Disperz®, Novartis) for the adjunctive treatment of adult and pediatric patients ≥2 years with tuberous sclerosis complex (TSC)-associated partial-onset seizures.

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I-O in Special Populations: Diabetes and Concomitant Steroids

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Crizotinib beneficial for East-Asian NSCLC patients with ROS1 alterations

Crizotinib in Asian NSCLC patients with ROS1 alterations was associated with a 71.7% objective response rate (ORR) with a median duration of response (DOR) of 19.7 months (95% CI, 14.1 months - not reached). Learn more about the results with crizotinib in East-Asian non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) patients harbouring c-ros oncogene 1 (ROS1) rearrangements.

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Nivolumab for NPC: immunotherapy active in nasopharyngeal carcinoma (NCI-9742)

Nivolumab (OpdivoⓇ) immunotherapy is active in nasopharyngeal carcinoma (NPC). A study published in JCO by Brigette Ma (CUHK) and a team of researchers from Hong Kong, Singapore, and the US showed promising results with nivolumab in NPC. Read more about immunotherapy in NPC.

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Making sense of 1st-line immunotherapy in non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC)

The expansion of therapeutic options with immunotherapies will reflect a dramatic change in the guidelines for lung cancer, where immunotherapies mostly compete with the use of chemotherapeutic agents. A brief communication on immunotherapies for NSCLC.

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Advances in the Prophylaxis of Chemotherapy-Induced Nausea and Vomiting: From Multi-Dose to Single Dose Control

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Achieving Long-Term Survival in the First-Line Treatment of Metastatic Renal Cell Carcinoma; A Balancing Act of Efficacy and Side-Effects

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Do you know your lifetime risk on Pancreatic Cancer?

November turns purple for pancreatic cancer awareness. Focus is on one of the most difficult-to-treat tumours with the final objective: to double the survival of pancreatic cancer by 2020. What is your risk to develop pancreatic cancer? And how likely are you to get cured of the disease?

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Luminal Breast Cancer: can CDK4/6 Inhibition by Palbociclib Improve on Chemotherapy?

Can chemotherapy be avoided in women with hormone-sensitive breast cancer? This is a prominent question in the treatment of breast cancer around the globe.

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Pembrolizumab approved for advanced gastric cancer

On September 22, 2017, the FDA granted accelerated approval to pembrolizumab (KEYTRUDA, Merck) for use in patients with locally advanced or metastatic, gastric or gastroesophageal junction (GEJ) adenocarcinoma positive for PD-L1 as determined by an FDA-approved companion diagnostic (CDx) and progressing after ≥2 prior systemic therapies, including a fluoropyrimidine- and platinum-containing regimen, and, when appropriate, HER2-targeted therapy.

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Nivolumab approved for sorafenib-refractory HCC

On September 22, 2017, the Food and Drug Administration granted accelerated approval to nivolumab (OPDIVO, Bristol-Myers Squibb Co.) for the treatment of hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) in patients who have been previously treated with sorafenib. Approval was based on a 154-patient subgroup of CHECKMATE-040 (NCT 01658878), a multicenter, open-label trial conducted in patients with HCC and [...]

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Nivolumab for Renal Carcinoma: Getting the Most Out of PD-1 Immunotherapy

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Should all Women with Endocrine-Sensitive and Operable Breast Cancer Receive Adjuvant Hormonal Therapy?

One in six women with early, operable breast cancer may not need years of adjuvant hormonal therapy after primary treatment. This was the conclusion of a recent study published in JAMA (the Journal of the American Medical Association) Oncology.

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Interested in Attending an Immunooncology Conference?

The CICS Annual Conference on Immuno Oncology is offering the most significant advances in the world of oncology. The goal of the meeting is to convey the clinical and translational advances in various areas of cancer immunology to medical oncologists, medical students, and other health professionals.

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ESMO16 Breast Cancer: Palbociclib, Ribociclib and Abemaciclib Data

Cyclin-dependent Kinase 4 and 6 (CDK4/6) inhibitors have shown clinical activity in patients with endocrine-resistant metastatic breast cancer. During the European Society for Medical Oncology (ESMO) Annual Meeting 2016, significant updates on studies with CDK4/6 inhibitors ribociclib, palbociclib and abemaciclib were presented.

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PD-L1 Biomarker: a Comparison of ASCO2016 PD-1 and PD-L1 Data

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Novel Biomarker for Ipilimumab Treatment may aid Future Patient Selection in Several Malignancies

The number of different types of T-helper cells (Th) and cytotoxic T cells (CD8) may predict response to ipilimumab in several malignancies. This was concluded by Dr Juan Pablo Márquez Manríquez who presented the study at the ESMO conference on behalf of the investigators of the Sonora Cancer Research Center (CICS) in Mexico and the United States (U.S.).

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ESMO16 Ipilimumab data - Download the PPT

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ESMO16 Pembrolizumab data - Download the PPT

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ESMO16 Durvalumab, Avelumab, Tremelimumab Data - Download the PPT

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ESMO16 Atezolizumab data - Download the PPT

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ESMO16 Nivolumab data - Download the PPT

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Cancer symptom awareness linked to survival

Increased cancer awareness improves survival, according to a recent study by Cancer Research UK (CRUK) published in the British Journal of Cancer (BJC). The researchers matched cancer symptom awareness from a population-based survey in over 35,000 people across the UK with the cancer registry.

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ASCO Guideline NeoAdjuvant Chemotherapy for Ovarian Cancer Updated

In women with stage IIIC or IV ovarian cancer, primary cytoreductive surgery (PCS) may be preferred when there is a high chance to achieve cytoreduction to <1 cm with acceptable morbidity. This was concluded by an expert panel who published clinical guidelines in the Journal of Clinical Oncology (JCO) this week.

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IMM101 plus Gemcitabine Hopeful in Metastatic Pancreatic Cancer

A phase II proof-of-concept (POC) study investigating the safety and tolerability of immune modulator IMM-101 plus gemcitabine vs. single agent gemcitabine in advanced pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma (PDAC) showed significant improved progression-free survival (PFS) and overall survival (OS) in metastatic patients receiving the combination treatment.

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Palbociclib (Ibrance®): First in Class CDK4/6 Inhibitor

At the American Association for Cancer Research, 2014 annual meeting (AACR) Richard Finn presented the results of the PALOMA-1 study with Ibrance® (palbociclib), an oral inhibitor of cyclin-dependent kinase 4/6 (CDK4/6). Based on the results of this Phase 2 study, palbociclib was recently approved by the United States Drug and Food Administration (U.S. FDA). What is the current level of evidence on palbociclib in approved indications?

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Ki67 in Breast Cancer: an overview

Recent studies have shown new possible applications for Ki67. Huh et al. showed that low Ki67 levels in healthy breast tissue correlated with a lesser lifetime chance of breast cancer. Another study by Arnedos and colleagues concluded that palbociclib was able to invoke a significant Ki67-level drop. After a decade of Ki67-controversies, these results put the marker back in the spotlight.

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ASCO16 Ribociclib & Abemaciclib Data

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ASCO16 palbociclib (Ibrance©) Data

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ASCO16 Avelumab, Durvalumab, and Tremelimumab

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ASCO16 Atezolizumab (Tecentriq©) Data

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ASCO16 Ipilimumab (Yervoy©) Data

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ASCO16 Nivolumab (Opdivo©) Data

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ASCO16 Pembrolizumab (Keytruda©) Data

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