Melphalan Flufenamide for Multiple Myeloma: Paul Richardson, MD

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 (Pepaxto®, Oncopeptides AB) for multiple myeloma. Melflufen has its base in melphalan and the old technolo...

Shortfall in Knowledge Identified in Factors Used for Personalization of Urothelial Carcinoma Treatment

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, Associate Professor of Medicine and Director of the Genitourinary Medical Oncology Program at NYU Lan...

Lorlatinib for Metastatic ALK-Positive Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer: Todd Bauer, MD

Recently, the FDA granted approval to lorlatinib (Lorbrena®, Pfizer, Inc.) for the treatment of patients with anaplastic lymphoma kinase (ALK)–positive non-small cell lung cancer. This subset of lung cancers defined by their chromosomal rearrangements of the ALK gene are highly sensitive to small-molecule ALK tyrosine kinase inhibitors (TKIs). Lorlatinib is a novel third-generation small-molecule ALK TKI that was designed to cross the blood-brain barrier in an effort to better treat patients who...

Educational Needs in Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplant: Eligibility Criteria, Transplant Benefits, and Risks

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 the uses and risks of HSCT was identified in the baseline data collected from i3 Health's continuing ...

Yttrium-90 Glass Microspheres Approved for Unresectable Hepatocellular Carcinoma

The FDA has approved yttrium-90 (Y-90) glass microspheres (TheraSphere™, Boston Scientific) for the treatment of patients with unresectable hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC). The most common type of primary liver cancer, HCC is often treated with surgery, liver transplantation, chemotherapy, or embolization. The radioactive Y-90 glass microspheres are delivered directly to the liver tumor through a catheter. The treatment, referred to as selective internal radiation therapy or embolization, minimiz...

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