Pembrolizumab Approved for HER2-Positive Gastric Cancer

The FDA has granted accelerated approval to pembrolizumab (Keytruda®, Merck & Co.) in combination with trastuzumab, fluoropyrimidine- and platinum-containing chemotherapy for first-line treatment of patients with locally advanced unresectable or metastatic HER2- positive gastric or gastroesophageal junction (GEJ) adenocarcinoma. "The PD-1 (programmed cell death protein 1)/PD-L1 (programmed death-ligand 1) pathway is an important regulatory component of the immune response and plays a critica...

Sacituzumab Govitecan for Advanced Urothelial Cancer: Petros Grivas, MD, PhD

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 disease progressed following treatment with platinum-containing chemotherapy and a programmed cell death protein 1 (PD-1)/programmed death ligand-1 (PD-L1) inhibitor. In this interview with Oncology Data Advisor, Dr. Petros Grivas, Associate Professor and Clinical Director of the Genitourinary Cance...

Camrelizumab for Advanced Squamous Non-Small Cell Lung Carcinoma: Caicun Zhou, MD, PhD

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 plus paclitaxel with camrelizumab or placebo in the first-line setting. Compared with those who recei...

Idecabtagene Vicleucel for Relapsed/Refractory Multiple Myeloma: Nina Shah, MD

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 idecabtagene vicleucel in patients with relapsed/refractory multiple myeloma. In this interview, one of...

FDA Approves Loncastuximab Tesirine-lpyl for Relapsed/Refractory Large B-Cell Lymphoma

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 lymphoma (DLBCL) not otherwise specified, DLBCL arising from low-grade lymphoma, and high-grade B-cell lymphoma, who had two or more lines of systemic therapy. "Loncastuximab tesirine has shown substantial antitumor activity with a manageable toxicity profile in patients with relapsed/refractory DLBC...

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