Successfully Treating Kaposi Sarcoma: Robert Yarchoan, MD

Robert Yarchoan, MD, Chief of the HIV and AIDS Malignancy Branch at the National Cancer Institute (NCI), recently spoke with i3 Health about the approval of pomalidomide (Pomalyst®, Celgene) for Kaposi sarcoma in patients with and without HIV. In this second installment of his interview, Dr. Yarchoan shares valuable advice with oncologists as they seek to enhance outcomes and treatment experiences for patients with Kaposi sarcoma. What advice can you share with oncologists treating patients with...
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Burosumab-twza for Tumor-Induced Osteomalacia: Suzanne Jan de Beur, MD

In this interview with i3 Health, Suzanne Jan de Beur, MD, discusses the recent approval of burosumab-twza (Crysvita®, Ultragenyx Pharmaceutical, Inc.), for patients with tumor-induced osteomalacia (TIO) whose tumors are unable to be localized or resected. Dr. Jan de Beur, lead investigator of one of the phase 2 clinical trials on which the approval was based, explains the challenges involved in diagnosing and treating TIO and discusses the significance of the approval of burosumab-twza for pati...
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Gemtuzumab Ozogamicin for Pediatric Acute Myeloid Leukemia: Alan S. Gamis, MD, MPH

In this interview, Alan S. Gamis, MD, MPH, speaks with i3 Health about the recent FDA approval of gemtuzumab ozogamicin (MylotargTM, Wyeth Pharmaceuticals, LLC) for pediatric patients aged 1 month and older with newly diagnosed CD33-positive acute myeloid leukemia (AML). Dr. Gamis, lead investigator of the phase 3 Children's Oncology Group Trial AAML0531, which provided the basis for the approval, discusses the significance of the approval and shares his advice for health care providers as they ...
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Treatment Advances in Gastrointestinal Stromal Tumor: Margaret von Mehren, MD

The treatment of gastrointestinal stromal tumor (GIST), a rare tumor type with an estimated incidence of 3,300 to 6,000 new cases per year in the United States, has seen exciting advances this year, first with the FDA's approval of avapritinib for metastatic GIST with platelet-derived growth factor receptor alpha (PDGFRA) exon 18 mutations, and more recently with last month's approval of ripretinib for the later-line treatment of metastatic GIST. Margaret von Mehren, MD, principal investigator o...
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Ken Kato, MD, PhD: FDA Approval of Nivolumab for Esophageal Squamous Cell Carcinoma

The FDA recently approved nivolumab for patients with unresectable advanced, recurrent, or metastatic esophageal squamous cell carcinoma (ESCC) who have received prior fluoropyrimidine- and platinum-based chemotherapy. Ken Kato, MD, PhD, lead author on the study the approval was based on, spoke to i3 Health about the challenges of treating this patient population, in addition to the significance of this approval. What are the most challenging aspects of treating patients with advanced ESCC refra...
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Metronomic Capecitabine Maintenance for TNBC: Zhongyu Yuan, MD

Metronomic capecitabine maintenance therapy has been shown to be more effective compared with observation for patients with triple-negative breast cancer (TNBC), according to a study led by Zhongyu Yuan, MD. Results of the study have been presented at the 2020 American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) Virtual Scientific Program. In this interview with i3 Health, Dr. Yuan shares insights on treating TNBC and future directions in the TNBC treatment landscape. What are the most challenging aspec...
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Rucaparib for BRCA-Mutated Castration-Resistant Prostate Cancer: Nicholas Vogelzang, MD

In this interview, Nicholas Vogelzang, MD, speaks with i3 Health about the recent FDA approval of rucaparib (Rubraca®, Clovis Oncology, Inc.) for the treatment of patients with metastatic BRCA-mutated castration-resistant prostate cancer (CRPC) who previously received one line of taxane-based chemotherapy and at least one line of androgen receptor-directed therapy. Dr. Vogelzang, Clinical Professor of Medicine at the University of Nevada School of Medicine and one of the investigators of the TRI...
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Pomalidomide for Kaposi Sarcoma: Robert Yarchoan, MD

The FDA's recent accelerated approval of pomalidomide (Pomalyst®, Celgene) for Kaposi sarcoma in patients with and without HIV marked the first approval for this cancer in over 20 years. In this interview with i3 Health, Robert Yarchoan, MD, Chief of the HIV and AIDS Malignancy Branch at the National Cancer Institute (NCI) and principal investigator of the phase 1/2 Study 12-C-0047, which served as the basis for the approval, discusses pomalidomide's efficacy and safety, as well as additional re...
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Olaparib for BRCA-Mutated Ovarian Cancer: Andrés Poveda, MD

Last weekend, in the 2020 American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) Virtual Scientific Program, Andrés Poveda, MD, presented results of the phase 3 SOLO2/ENGOT Ov-21 trial, reporting that olaparib significantly increased median overall survival compared with placebo in patients with platinum-sensitive BRCA-mutated relapsed ovarian cancer. In this interview with i3 Health, Dr. Poveda, Executive Co-Director of Initia Oncology in Valencia, Spain, discusses the significance of the trial's results...
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Ripretinib for Advanced Gastrointestinal Stromal Tumor: Margaret von Mehren, MD

Ripretinib (QinlockTM, Diciphera Pharmaceuticals, LLC) represents a new option for patients with advanced gastrointestinal stromal tumor (GIST) previously treated with at least three kinase inhibitors, including imatinib. In this interview with i3 Health, Margaret von Mehren, MD, lead investigator of the INVICTUS study, on which ripretinib's recent FDA approval was based, discusses how this treatment compares with other options for advanced GIST in terms of efficacy and adverse events. What are ...
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Pembrolizumab for Relapsed/Refractory Classic Hodgkin Lymphoma: John Kuruvilla, MD

This past weekend in the 2020 American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) Virtual Scientific Program, John Kuruvilla, MD, presented results of the phase 3 KEYNOTE-204 trial, reporting that pembrolizumab significantly increased progression-free survival compared with brentuximab vedotin in patients with relapsed/refractory classic Hodgkin lymphoma. In this interview with i3 Health, Dr. Kuruvilla, an Associate Professor of Medicine at the University of Toronto, discusses the challenges of treatin...
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Selinexor/Bortezomib/Dexamethasone for Relapsed/Refractory Multiple Myeloma: Meletios Dimopoulos, MD

In the phase 3 BOSTON trial, a team of researchers led by Meletios Dimopoulos, MD, found that selinexor/bortezomib/dexamethasone (SVd) significantly improved survival compared with bortezomib/dexamethasone (Vd) alone in patients with multiple myeloma who had received one to three prior lines of therapy. The trial's results were recently presented in the 2020 American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) Virtual Scientific Program. In this interview with i3 Health, Dr. Dimopoulos, Chairman of the ...
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Atezolizumab for PD-L1–High Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer: David Spigel, MD

Atezolizumab (Tecentriq®, Genentech, Inc.) was recently approved by the FDA for the first-line treatment of patients with metastatic non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) with high expression of programmed death ligand-1 (PD-L1). The approval was based on IMpower110, a phase 3 trial led by David Spigel, MD, Chief Scientific Officer and Director of the Lung Cancer Research Program at Sarah Cannon Research Institute in Nashville, Tennessee. In this interview with i3 Health, Dr. Spigel discusses the s...
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Selpercatinib for RET-Altered Thyroid Cancer and MTC: Lori Wirth, MD

In this interview, Lori Wirth, MD, speaks with i3 Health about selpercatinib (RetevmoTM, Eli Lilly), which was recently approved by the FDA for the treatment of patients with metastatic RET fusion-positive non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC), advanced/metastatic RET-mutant medullary thyroid cancer (MTC), and advanced/metastatic RET fusion-positive thyroid cancer. Dr. Wirth, Medical Director of the Center for Head and Neck Cancers at Massachusetts General Hospital and first author of the phase 1/2...
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Exciting Treatment Advances in Upper Tract Urothelial Cancer: Seth P. Lerner, MD, FACS

Substantial developments are under way in the treatment of upper tract urothelial cancer (UTUC). Seth P. Lerner, MD, FACS, recently spoke with i3 Health about mitomycin gel (JelmytoTM, UroGen Pharma), now FDA approved as the first agent specifically indicated for the treatment of low-grade UTUC. In this second installment of his interview, Dr. Lerner, principal investigator of the OLYMPUS study, on which the mitomycin gel approval was based, discusses research advances in the treatment of both l...
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Tucatinib for HER2-Positive Metastatic Breast Cancer: Eric P. Winer, MD

In this interview with i3 Health, Eric P. Winer, MD, discusses tucatinib (TukysaTM, Seattle Genetics), recently approved by the FDA in combination with trastuzumab and capecitabine for patients with unresectable or metastatic human epidermal growth factor receptor 2 (HER2)-positive breast cancer previously treated with at least one anti-HER2­–based regimen in the metastatic setting. Dr. Winer, principal investigator of the phase 3 HER2CLIMB trial, on which the approval was based, discusses tucat...
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​COVID-19 and Cancer: Addressing Patients' Concerns With Mark A. Lewis, MD

Patients with cancer often have concerns related to the COVID-19 pandemic, from which they are potentially at increased danger as a result of their cancer and/or due to immunosuppressive treatments. Mark A. Lewis, MD, Director of Gastrointestinal Oncology at Intermountain Healthcare, Murray, Utah, recently published a perspective piece in The New England Journal of Medicine contemplating the challenges of balancing the necessity of cancer care against the risks of COVID-19. A couple of week...
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Family History-Based Colorectal Cancer Screening: Samir Gupta, MD

Colorectal cancer rates in younger adults are currently rising, and those with a family history of the disease face an even greater risk. Samir Gupta, MD, Chief of the Gastrointestinal (GI) Section of the San Diego Veterans Affairs Healthcare System, recently spoke with i3 Health about his research team's finding, now published in Cancer, that only 25% of patients between the ages of 40 to 49 who were diagnosed with colorectal cancer as a result of screening met the family history-based early sc...
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COVID-19 Outcomes in Patients With Cancer: Miao Liu, MD, PhD

Patients with cancer face unique challenges in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic: not only do they have an increased risk of contracting COVID-19 in hospital settings, but they also experience more severe clinical outcomes from the disease compared with patients without cancer. In this interview with i3 Health, Miao Liu, MD, PhD, one of the investigators who recently reported these findings in Cancer Discovery, discusses the difficult challenges that patients with cancer face as they continue t...
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Sacituzumab Govitecan for TNBC: An Interview With Sara Tolaney, MD, MPH

The FDA recently granted approval to sacituzumab govitecan-hziy (Trodelvy™, Immunomedics, Inc) for patients with metastatic triple-negative breast cancer (TNBC) who have received at least two prior therapies. Approval was based on a clinical trial (NCT01631552) that enrolled 108 patients with metastatic TNBC. In an interview with i3 Health, Sara Tolaney, MD, MPH, one of the study authors, provides insights on treating TNBC and the significance of the sacituzumab govitecan approval. What are the ...
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