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Lung cancer is diagnosed in approximately 235,760 individuals in the United States each year, and 131,880 people die of the disease annually. Non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC), which accounts for 84% of these cases, has a dismal 5-year survival rate of 18%, and most patients will develop progressive disease within 5 months of their final cycle of first-line classical doublet chemotherapy. The use of tumor histology in determining optimal treatment strategies and relevant molecular biomarkers ha...

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Recently, the results of a phase 3 trial on camrelizumab were published in the Journal of Thoracic Oncology and presented at the European Lung Cancer Virtual Congress 2021. Camrelizumab was studied in the randomized, double-blind, multicenter trial as a treatment for advanced squamous non-small cell lung carcinoma (NSCLC). Patients with stages IIIB-IV squamous NSCLC were treated with carboplatin p...
Recently, the FDA approved idecabtagene vicleucel (Abecma®, Bristol Myers Squibb) for patients with relapsed or refractory multiple myeloma who have already been treated with four or more lines of therapy, including an immunomodulatory agent, a proteasome inhibitor, and an anti-CD38 monoclonal antibody. The approval was based on KarMMa, a phase 2 trial that confirmed the efficacy and safety of ide...
Recently, the FDA granted regular approval to sacituzumab govitecan (Trodelvy®, Immunomedics, Inc.) for patients with unresectable locally advanced or metastatic triple-negative breast cancer (TNBC) who have previously been treated with two or more systemic therapies, at least one of them for metastatic disease. The FDA had previously granted accelerated approval to sacituzumab govitecan based on ...
Melphalan flufenamide, a newly approved peptide-drug conjugate for multiple myeloma, specifically targets chemotherapy to tumor cells like a warhead on a guided missile. In the following interview, Dr. Paul Richardson, the Clinical Program Leader and Director of Clinical Research of the Jerome Lipper Multiple Myeloma Center at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, discusses the use of melflufen (Pepax...
Recently, the FDA approved pembrolizumab (Keytruda®, Merck Sharp & Dohme Corp.) in combination with platinum/fluoropyrimidine-based chemotherapy for patients with metastatic or locally advanced esophageal or gastroesophageal junction (GEJ) carcinoma who do not qualify for surgical resection or definitive chemoradiation. The approval was based on the results of KEYNOTE-590, a phase 3 trial that...
Approximately 3%–8% of patients with newly diagnosed breast cancer have synchronous distant metastases, which are associated with a poor prognosis. Because therapeutic strategies are guided by the status of lymph node metastases, accurate assessment is necessary in order to select the appropriate treatment for different patients. In a study recently published in JAMA Network Open, a team of invest...

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Myeloproliferative neoplasms, including myelofibrosis, polycythemia vera, and essential thrombocytopenia, affect approximately 13,000, 134,000, and 148,000 individuals in the United States, respectively. Due to difficulties in identifying the disease, low disease prevalence, a complicated symptom profile, differences in patient and provider perspectives regarding symptom burden and treatment goals...
A shortfall in knowledge in the use of biomarkers and patient-related factors for the personalization of treatment for patients with advanced urothelial carcinoma was identified in the baseline data collected from i3 Health's continuing medical education (CME)–approved visiting faculty meeting series titled New Thinking, New Strategies in Advanced Urothelial Carcinoma, led by Arjun V. Balar, MD, A...
When patients with hematological malignancies do not receive referrals for hematopoietic stem cell transplant (HSCT), they may face a risk of poorer outcomes. Common reasons behind this lack of referrals include provider confusion over eligibility criteria for HSCT, overestimation of the risks associated with transplant, and confusion regarding the benefit of HSCT. This educational gap regarding t...
Of all women diagnosed with cancer in the United States, 30% have breast cancer, which is the second-leading cause of cancer death in this group. Many women have benefitted from regular screening as well as earlier and improved treatment; however, 6% of women present with metastatic disease, and 30% with no initial lymph node involvement will develop metastatic disease. Women with metastatic breas...
Prostate cancer is the tumor type with highest incidence in men in the United States. Typically, the first line treatment for progressive disease is androgen deprivation therapy (ADT). However, most men eventually stop responding to ADT treatment and develop castration-resistant prostate cancer (CRPC). The therapeutic options for this highly heterogeneous disease process have expanded to include n...
Immune thrombocytopenia (ITP) is a heterogeneous disorder that involves a shortage of platelets, or thrombocytes, and can result in excessive bruising or bleeding. Diagnosis and treatment are challenging due to the lack of specific diagnostic criteria and the widely varying clinical features: some patients remain asymptomatic, whereas others experience troublesome bruising or even life-threatening...

Noteworthy Headlines

Thursday, May 06, 2021
The FDA has granted accelerated approval to pembrolizumab (Keytruda®, Merck & Co.) in combination with trastuzumab, fluoropyrimidine- and platinum-containing chemotherapy for first-line treatment ...
Tuesday, May 04, 2021
Recently, the FDA granted accelerated approval to sacituzumab govitecan (Trodelvy®, Immunomedics), an antibody-drug conjugate, for patients with locally advanced or metastatic urothelial cancer whose ...
Friday, April 30, 2021
Recently, the results of a phase 3 trial on camrelizumab were published in the Journal of Thoracic Oncology and presented at the European Lung Cancer Virtual Congress 2021. Camrelizumab was studied in...
Tuesday, April 27, 2021
Recently, the FDA approved idecabtagene vicleucel (Abecma®, Bristol Myers Squibb) for patients with relapsed or refractory multiple myeloma who have already been treated with four or more lines of the...
Monday, April 26, 2021
The FDA has granted accelerated approval to loncastuximab tesirine-lpyl (Zynlonta™, ADC Therapeutics) for patients with relapsed/refractory large B-cell lymphoma, including diffuse large B-cell l...

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