Learning Needs in Immune Thrombocytopenia

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 intracranial hemorrhage. The optimal management of ITP necessitates an individualized approach that...

Cemiplimab Approval for Locally Advanced/Metastatic Basal Cell Carcinoma

Recently, the FDA granted approval to cemiplimab (Libtayo®, Regeneron Pharmaceuticals) for the treatment of patients with locally advanced or metastatic basal cell carcinoma (BCC) who were previously treated with a hedgehog pathway inhibitor (HHI) or who are ineligible for HHI therapy. In this interview, Karl Lewis, MD, Professor of Medical Oncology at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus and one of the investigators of Study 1620 (NCT03132636), on which the approval was based, spe...

Cemiplimab-rwlc Approved for Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer With High PD-L1 Expression

The FDA has approved cemiplimab-rwlc (Libtayo®, Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, Inc.), a programmed cell death protein 1 (PD-1) inhibitor, for the first-line treatment of patients with advanced non-small lung cancer cell (NSCLC) whose tumors express programmed death ligand 1 (PD-L1) in at least 50% of their cells and whose tumors do not have aberrations in epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR), anaplastic lymphoma kinase (ALK), or C-ROS oncogene 1 (ROS1). "An estimated 25% to 35% of advanced NSCLC ...

Durvalumab Approval Withdrawn for Urothelial Carcinoma

Today, AstraZeneca voluntarily withdrew the indication of durvalumab (Imfinzi®, AstraZeneca) for patients with previously treated locally advanced or metastatic urothelial carcinoma based on results of the phase 3 DANUBE trial (NCT02516241), which did not meet its primary end points. The withdrawal does not affect durvalumab's indications for non-small cell lung cancer or for extensive stage small-cell lung cancer. Durvalumab, a human monoclonal antibody that binds to programmed death ligand 1 (...

Prostate Cancer Radiotherapy: Bone Metastatic Burden Linked to Survival

In patients receiving radiotherapy for newly diagnosed metastatic prostate cancer, bone metastasis count and location are associated with overall and failure-free survival, according to an exploratory analysis of the phase 3 STAMPEDE trial. "Prostate radiotherapy improves survival in men with low-burden metastatic prostate cancer," write the investigators in their publication in JAMA Oncology, led by first author Adnan Ali, MBBS, Clinical Research Fellow in the Division of Cancer Sciences at the...

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