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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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paclitaxel, cobimetinib, Cotellic, MEK, Exelixis, atezolizumab, Tecentriq, nab-paclitaxel pembrolizumab, Keytruda, Merck, MSD, eribulin mesylate, Halaven, pertuzumab, trastuzumab, Herceptin, Perjeta, docetaxel, Taxotere, Sanofi, trastuzumab-dkst, Ogivri, Mylan, Biocon, margetuximab, MacroGenics, capecitabine, Xeloda, Genentech, gemcitabine, Gemzar, vinolrebine, pyrotinib, Jiangsu HengRui Medicine, neratinib, Nerlynx, Puma, lapatinib, Tykerb, carboplatin, T-DM1, ado-trastuzumab emtansine, Kadcyla doxorubicin, cisplatin, olaparib, Lynparza, cyclophosphamide, epirubicin, Ellence, Pharmorubicin, letrozole, Femara, Novartis, AI, NSAI, capivasertib, capivasertib, AZD5363, AKT, hormonal therapy, endocrine therapy, CDK4/6, RAD001, mTOR, fulvestrant, Faslodex, abemaciclib, Verzenio, Eli Lilly, ribociclib, Kisqali, goserilin, Zoladex, AstraZeneca, everolimus, Afinitor, exemestane, Aromasin, Pfizer, palbociclib, Ibrance, #ASCO2019, AKT1, AZ, BRCA, chemotherapy, CNS metastases, ER-positive, ESR1, GnRH, HER2-negative, HER2-positive, HR-positive, LABC, neoadjuvant, OfS, PARP, PARPi, pCR, PD-L1, postmenopausal, PR-positive, premenopausal, RB1, TAC, taxane, TNBC, trastuzumab, triptorelin

ASCO 2019 Breast Cancer: The ASCO19 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) 2019 Breast Cancer track offered an extensive look at the latest advancements and updates from on-going trials covering the various subtypes of breast cancer.

paclitaxel, cobimetinib, Cotellic, MEK, Exelixis, atezolizumab, Tecentriq, nab-paclitaxel pembrolizumab, Keytruda, Merck, MSD, eribulin mesylate, Halaven, pertuzumab, trastuzumab, Herceptin, Perjeta, docetaxel, Taxotere, Sanofi, trastuzumab-dkst, Ogivri, Mylan, Biocon, margetuximab, MacroGenics, capecitabine, Xeloda, Genentech, gemcitabine, Gemzar, vinolrebine, pyrotinib, Jiangsu HengRui Medicine, neratinib, Nerlynx, Puma, lapatinib, Tykerb, carboplatin, T-DM1, ado-trastuzumab emtansine, Kadcyla doxorubicin, cisplatin, olaparib, Lynparza, cyclophosphamide, epirubicin, Ellence, Pharmorubicin, letrozole, Femara, Novartis, AI, NSAI, capivasertib, capivasertib, AZD5363, AKT, hormonal therapy, endocrine therapy, CDK4/6, RAD001, mTOR, fulvestrant, Faslodex, abemaciclib, Verzenio, Eli Lilly, ribociclib, Kisqali, goserilin, Zoladex, AstraZeneca, everolimus, Afinitor, exemestane, Aromasin, Pfizer, palbociclib, Ibrance, #ASCO2019, AKT1, AZ, BRCA, chemotherapy, CNS metastases, ER-positive, ESR1, GnRH, HER2-negative, HER2-positive, HR-positive, LABC, neoadjuvant, OfS, PARP, PARPi, pCR, PD-L1, postmenopausal, PR-positive, premenopausal, RB1, TAC, taxane, TNBC, trastuzumab, triptorelin
Immunoncology I-O drugs and immunotherapy for renal cancer RCC

Combinations: upcoming treatment strategies in metastatic renal cell carcinoma

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ESMO 2018 HCC: The ESMO18 hepatobiliary cancer track summarised

Whereas this year’s American Society of Clinical Oncology Annual Meeting (ASCO 2018) boasted two Phase III studies and four Phase II studies with notable results in hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC), the trend did not continue to the European Society for Medical Oncology Conference (ESMO 2018), held in Münich, Germany between October 19-23, 2018. The focus for this years ESMO was mostly on biliary-tract cancers (BTC). Welcome to the hepatobiliary track of ESMO 2018.

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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.

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CheckMate 032 Nivolumab ipilimumab metastatic esophagogastric cancer

CheckMate 032: Nivolumab +/- ipilimumab for metastatic esophagogastric cancer

Immunotherapy with either nivolumab (Opdivo®, Bristol-Myers Squibb) alone or the combination nivolumab plus ipilimumab (Yervoy®, Bristol-Myers Squibb) in patients with chemotherapy-refractory esophagogastric cancer leads to durable responses and encouraging long-term overall survival with a manageable safety profile, concluded the investigators of the CheckMate 032 study. 

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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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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.

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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.

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

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.

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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.
Ribociclib FDA label updated to include pre- and perimenopausal women

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.

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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).

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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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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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2017 CICS immunooncology annual meeting oncology medical writer medipaper medical communications

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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PD-L1 Biomarker for Response DAKO 22C3 - MediPaper Medical Communications

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

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Biomarkers Ipilimumab Treatment MediPaper Medical Communications

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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Ki67 breast cancer medical writer epotomics

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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