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ASCO 2020 Lung, Breast, and Liver Cancer Update

This year, ASCO 2020 was held as a virtual conference due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This is a summary of key trials presented at ASCO, focusing primarily on breast cancer, liver cancer, and lung cancer.

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U.S. FDA approved immunecheckpoint inhibitors U.S. FDA approved immunotherapies for cancer U.S. FDA approved immunotherapies for cancer

US FDA approved immune-checkpoint inhibitors updated 05-Jun-2020

Know all the United States Food and Drug Administration (U.S. FDA) approved immune-checkpoint inhibitors. Members of MediPaper can download the free PPT slides summarising the U.S. FDA approved immune-checkpoint inhibitors and other U.S. FDA approved immunotherapies.

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ASCO 2019 Lung Cancer: 36 Oral Presentations of the ASCO19 lung cancer track summarised

Non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) was a key feature of the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) 2019 annual meeting. This year, exciting results with neoadjuvant immunotherapy (I-O) from the LCMC3, NEOSTAR, and GECP16/03_NADIM studies as well as combinations of I-O  and PARP-inhibitors with chemoradiation therapy, and more. A summary of 36 oral presentations on NSCLC, SCLC, and Mesothelioma.

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Atezolizumab FDA approved for extensive-stage small cell lung cancer (SCLC)

On 18 March 2019, the FDA approved atezolizumab (Tecentriq®, Genentech) plus carboplatin and etoposide as front-line treatment of adult extensive-stage small cell lung cancer (ES-SCLC) patients.

Frontline atezolizumab plus bevacizumab and chemotherapy FDA approved for metastatic non-squamous NSCLC

On 6 December 2018, the FDA approved atezolizumab (Tecentriq®, Roche/Genentech) plus bevacizumab and chemotherapy with paclitaxel and carboplatin for the frontline treatment of metastatic non-squamous non-small cell lung cancer (NSq NSCLC) patients not harbouring any EGFR or ALK genomic tumour aberrations.

Lorlatinib FDA approved for metastatic ALK-positive NSCLC

On November 2nd 2018, lorlatinib (LORBRENA®, Pfizer) received accelerated approval by the FDA for the second- and third-line treatment of patients with metastatic, anaplastic lymphoma kinase (ALK)-positive, non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC). Third-line patients should have had progression on crizotinib and another ALK-inhibitor for metastatic disease, and second-line patients should have had progression on either alectinib or ceritinib in the first-line for metastatic disease.

Pembrolizumab plus chemotherapy approved for metastatic squamous NSCLC

On October 30th 2018, the FDA approved the use of programmed death 1 (PD-1) inhibitor pembrolizumab (Keytruda®, Merck) in combination with carboplatin plus paclitaxel or nab-paclitaxel for the first-line treatment of patients with metastatic squamous non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC).

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Anti-PD1 sintilimab plus biosimilar bevacizumab receive IND-status by China NMPA

SUZHOU, China, Oct. 14, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — The combination therapy of novel programmed death 1 (PD-1) antibody IBI308 (sintilimab, Innovent Biologics) with biosimilar bevacizumab antibody IBI305 (Innovent Biologics) has received the investigational new drug (IND) application for clinical development approval by the National Medical Products Administration (NMPA, formerly known as CFDA) in China.

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IMpower133 first-line atezolizumab plus chemotherapy in extensive-stage small-cell lung cancer

IMpower133: first-line atezolizumab plus chemotherapy in extensive-stage small-cell lung cancer

Atezolizumab (Tecentriq®, Roche/Genentech) plus standard chemotherapy for the first-line treatment of extensive-stage small-cell lung cancer (SCLC) was associated with a significantly longer overall survival (OS) and progression-free survival (PFS) when compared with chemotherapy alone.

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Pembrolizumab plus chemotherapy effective in squamous NSCLC

Pembrolizumab plus chemotherapy effective in squamous NSCLC

Pembrolizumab (Keytruda®, Merck) in combination with chemotherapy was associated with longer overall survival (OS) and progression-free survival (PFS) when compared to placebo plus chemotherapy in patients with untreated metastatic squamous cell non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC).

Pembrolizumab plus chemotherapy effective in squamous NSCLC
Brigatinib prolongs PFS compared to crizotinib in ALK-Positive NSCLC

Brigatinib prolongs PFS compared to crizotinib in ALK-Positive NSCLC

Brigatinib (Alunbrig®, Ariad) significantly prolongs the progression-free survival (PFS) in anaplastic lymphoma kinase (ALK) inhibitor-naïve patients with ALK-rearranged non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) when compared to crizotinib, as resulted from the ALTA-1L study.

Brigatinib prolongs PFS compared to crizotinib in ALK-Positive NSCLC
JAVELIN Lung 200 avelumab vs docetaxel in patients with pretreated advanced non-small cell lung cancer NSCLC

JAVELIN Lung 200: avelumab vs docetaxel for pretreated NSCLC

Avelumab (Bavencio®, Merck KGaA) does not improve the overall survival (OS) in non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) patients previously treated with platinum-doublet chemotherapy, as resulted from the JAVELIN Lung 200 study (NCT02395172). The safety profile favoured avelumab over docetaxel.

JAVELIN Lung 200 avelumab vs docetaxel in patients with pretreated advanced non-small cell lung cancer NSCLC

Dacomitinib FDA approved for the first-line treatment of metastatic EGFR-mutated NSCLC

On September 27, 2018, the FDA approved dacomitinib (Vizimpro®, Pfizer) as first-line treatment for patients with metastatic non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) harbouring epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) exon 19 deletions (ex19del) or exon 21 L858R mutations as confirmed by an FDA-approved test.

Front-line atezolizumab plus chemotherapy improves PFS in NSCLC

Frontline atezolizumab plus chemotherapy improves PFS in NSCLC

An interim analysis of the Phase III IMpower132 study showed that atezolizumab (Tecentriq®, Roche/Genentech) plus platinum-based chemotherapy (cisplatin or carboplatin) with pemetrexed improves the median progression-free survival (PFS) in treatment-naïve patients with non-squamous non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC). The median PFS for atezolizumab plus pemetrexed and a platinum salt was 7.6 months vs 5.2 months with chemotherapy alone (HR=0.60, 95% CI: 0.49-0.72; p<0.0001).

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First-line osimertinib vs EGFR-TKI in Asian patients with advanced NSCLC

First-line osimertinib vs EGFR-TKI in Asian patients with advanced NSCLC

First-line osimertinib was associated with a clinically meaningful progression-free survival (PFS) improvement when compared to a standard-of-care (SOC) epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR)-tyrosine kinase inhibitor (TKI) in a sub-analysis of Asian patients who participated in the FLAURA trial (NCT02296125).

First-line osimertinib vs EGFR-TKI in Asian patients with advanced NSCLC

Capmatinib plus gefitinib promising in MET-dysregulated NSCLC

The combination capmatinib (INC280, Novartis) plus gefitinib (Iressa®, AstraZeneca) showed promising, early phase efficacy in patients with mesenchymal-epithelial transition factor (MET)-dysregulated and epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR)-mutated non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC).

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Blood-based TMB-assay predicts response to atezolizumab in NSCLC patients

Plasma TMB predicts response to atezolizumab in NSCLC patients

A high tumour mutational burden in the plasma (bTMB) is a clinically actionable biomarker for atezolizumab (Tencentriq®, Roche) treatment in patients who failed 1st-line platinum-based therapy for advanced non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC).

Blood-based TMB-assay predicts response to atezolizumab in NSCLC patients

First-in-Class Oncology Vaccine BIL06v Starts Phase 1 Evaluation

Biosceptre has announced the initiation of its Phase 1 clinical study with the peptide vaccine BIL06v. BIL06v is a peptide-protein conjugate that recruits the patient’s immune system to make antibodies specifically targeted at nfP2X7-expressing cancer cells resulting in tumour cell death.

First-in-Class Oncology Vaccine BIL06v Starts Phase 1 Evaluation

Nivolumab FDA approved for patients with metastatic small cell lung cancer (SCLC)

On the 16th of August 2018, the FDA granted accelerated approval to nivolumab (Opdivo®, Bristol-Myers Squibb) for use in patients with metastatic small cell lung cancer (SCLC) who progressed after two lines of therapy, including one line of platinum-based chemotherapy.

Nivolumab FDA approved for patients with metastatic small cell lung cancer (SCLC)
Pembrolizumab plus pemetrexed-platinum approved for use in the 1st-line treatment of metastatic non-squamous NSCLC

Pembrolizumab plus pemetrexed-platinum FDA approved for first-line treatment of metastatic non-squamous NSCLC

On 20th of August 2018, the FDA granted regular approval for pembrolizumab (Keytruda®, Merck) plus pemetrexed and a platinum salt in the first-line treatment of patients with metastatic, non-squamous non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC), not harbouring any EGFR or ALK genomic tumour aberrations.

Pembrolizumab plus pemetrexed-platinum approved for use in the 1st-line treatment of metastatic non-squamous NSCLC

Pan-EGFR TKI pirotinib has commenced into Phase II clinical testing in China

HONG KONG, CHINA – 13 August 2018 – Sihuan Pharmaceutical Holdings Group Ltd. (HKEx: 0460), announced that its innovative in-house developed oncology drug pirotinib has commenced into Phase II Clinical testing in China following the completion of a Phase I clinical trial in three renowned cancer research centres in the United States. 

Pan-EGFR TKI pirotinib has commenced into Phase II clinical testing in China

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.

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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).

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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).

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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).

AACR 2018 First-line Nivolumab-Ipilimumab in TMB-high NSCLC front-line immunotherapy for non-small cell lung cancer tumour-mutation burden CheckMate 227 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.

Ribociclib FDA label updated to include pre- and perimenopausal women

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)

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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.

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Crizotinib beneficial for East-Asian NSCLC-patients with ROS1 alterations crizotinib asian crizotinib ros1 crizotinib asian nsclc patients crizotinib asian non-small cell lung cancer patients

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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Making sense of immunotherapy in NSCLC

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.

Making sense of immunotherapy in NSCLC
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PD-L1 Biomarker: a Comparison of ASCO2016 PD-1 and PD-L1 Data

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