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 ...

Trilaciclib Approved for Chemo-Induced Myelosuppression in Small-Cell Lung Cancer

The FDA has approved trilaciclib (CoselaTM, G1 Therapeutics) for the prevention of myelosuppression in patients receiving chemotherapy for extensive-stage small-cell lung cancer (SCLC). Occurring when chemotherapy agents damage the bone marrow, myelosuppression decreases the production of red blood cells, white blood cells, and platelets, causing patients to experience fatigue, bleeding, and increased risk of infection. "Chemotherapy is a mainstay of cancer treatment; however, its side effects, ...

Nab-Paclitaxel Noninferior to Docetaxel in Advanced Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer

In patients with previously treated advanced non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC), nanoparticle albumin-bound (nab)–paclitaxel is noninferior to docetaxel, according to results of the phase 3 J-AXEL trial presented this past weekend at the International Association for the Study of Lung Cancer (IASLC) World Conference on Lung Cancer. Single-agent docetaxel is considered the second-line standard of care for patients with advanced NSCLC. However, recent studies have shown that nab-paclitaxel also de...

Tepotinib Approved for Metastatic MET-Altered Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer

The FDA has granted accelerated approval to tepotinib (Tepmetko®, EMD Serono) for patients with metastatic non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) with mesenchymal-epithelial transition (MET) exon 14 skipping alterations. "A splice-site mutation that results in a loss of transcription of exon 14 in the oncogenic driver MET occurs in 3% to 4% of patients with NSCLC," wrote the investigators of the phase 2 VISION trial (NCT02864992) in their September publication in The New England Journal of Medicine,...

Pembrolizumab Still Effective After Five Years for Advanced Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer

Results of the KEYNOTE-010 study (NCT01905657) have shown that pembrolizumab is more effective than docetaxel for patients with previously treated, advanced non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) with programmed death-ligand 1 (PD-L1) tumor proportion score (TPS) ≥50% and ≥1%. However, what do the results look like after long-term follow-up? According to a study presented this past weekend at the International Association for the Study of Lung Cancer (IASLC) World Conference on Lung Cancer, pembroli...

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