Atezolizumab/Bevacizumab Approved for Unresectable Hepatocellular Carcinoma

The FDA has approved atezolizumab (Tecentriq®, Genentech, Inc.) in combination with bevacizumab (Avastin®, Genentech, Inc.) for patients with locally advanced unresectable or metastatic hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) who have not previously received systemic therapy. The approval was based on IMbrave150 (NCT03434379), a phase 3 trial that enrolled 501 patients with unresectable HCC. Patients were randomized in a 2:1 ratio to receive atezolizumab 1,200 mg administered intravenously followed by be...

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FDA Approves Pembrolizumab Combination for Cervical Cancer

The FDA has granted approval to pembrolizumab (Keytruda®, Merck) in combination with chemotherapy, with or without bevacizumab, for patients with persistent, recurrent, or metastatic cervical cancer whose tumors express programmed death-ligand 1 (PD-L1). The FDA has also granted regular approval to single-agent pembrolizumab for patients with recurrent or metastatic cervical cancer whose tumors express PD-L1, with a combined positive score of ≥1, who experienced disease progression on or after c...

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Atezolizumab Combo Effective in EGFR-Mutated Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer

The addition of atezolizumab to bevacizumab/carboplatin/paclitaxel (BCP) significantly prolongs overall survival in patients with non-squamous non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) with epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) mutations, according to results of a final efficacy analysis presented this week at the European Medical Society for Oncology (ESMO) Virtual Congress 2020. "Atezolizumab inhibits programmed death-ligand 1 (PD-L1) to restore anti-cancer immunity; bevacizumab may enhance atezoli...

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Olaparib/Bevacizumab Combination Approved as Maintenance Therapy: Ovarian, Fallopian Tube, Peritoneal Cancer

Olaparib (Lynparza®, AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals, LP), in combination with bevacizumab (Avastsin®, Genentech), is now FDA approved as first-line maintenance treatment for adult patients with advanced epithelial ovarian, fallopian tube, or primary peritoneal cancer who have had a complete or partial response to first-line platinum-based chemotherapy. Patients must also have cancer that is associated with homologous recombination deficiency (HRD)-positive status defined by either a deleterious or ...

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FOLFOXIRI Efficacy in Metastatic Colorectal Cancer: Chiara Cremolini, MD

Results of TRIBE2, a phase 3 trial (NCT02339116), show that the triplet treatment FOLFOXIRI (fluorouracil/leucovorin/oxaliplatin/irinotecan) plus bevacizumab is more effective at treating patients with metastatic colorectal cancer than FOLFIRI (irinotecan/leucovorin/fluorouracil) plus bevacizumab. In an interview with i3 Health, Chiara Cremolini, MD, lead researcher of this study, provides insights on the results of this trial as well as how the future of treatment for metastatic colorectal canc...

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Olaparib/Bevacizumab Improves Outcomes in BRCA-Negative Ovarian Cancer

A phase 3 trial reports that olaparib as maintenance therapy in combination with bevacizumab increases progression-free survival (PFS) in patients with newly diagnosed, advanced high-grade ovarian cancer both with and without BRCA mutations. While previous studies have found that maintenance olaparib is associated with improved outcomes in patients with ovarian cancer with BRCA mutations, its efficacy in patients without BRCA mutations had not been confirmed. In the phase 3 PAOLA-1 trial, a team...

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Atezolizumab/Bevacizumab for Advanced Renal Cell Carcinoma: Bradley McGregor, MD, and Toni Choueiri, MD

While metastatic renal cell carcinoma (RCC) has a five-year survival rate of only 10%, patients whose tumors have variant histology or sarcomatoid differentiation face an even more dismal outlook, with limited treatment options. In a study now published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology, a team of researchers led by Bradley McGregor, MD, and Toni Choueiri, MD, reported that atezolizumab in combination with bevacizumab significantly increased progression-free survival and improved outcomes in p...

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Atezolizumab Approved for Metastatic Nonsquamous NSCLC

After granting Priority Review, the FDA has approved atezolizumab (Tecentriq®, Genentech, Inc.), a monoclonal antibody, to be used in combination with carboplatin/paclitaxel/bevacizumab (CPB) for patients with previously untreated metastatic nonsquamous, non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) without EGFR or ALK tumor mutations. The approval was based on the open-label, three-arm IMpower150 trial (NCT02366143), for which patients were randomized 1:1:1 to a regimen of atezolizumab plus CPB, a regimen...

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Mark Socinski, MD: First-Line Atezolizumab in Metastatic NSCLC

Mark A. Socinski, MD.

In an interview with i3 Health, Mark A. Socinski, MD, shares insights regarding the recent FDA approval of atezolizumab (Tecentriq®, Genentech, Inc.) in combination with carboplatin/paclitaxel/bevacizumab for patients with previously untreated metastatic nonsquamous, non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) without EGFR or ALK tumor mutations. Dr. Socinski, Executive Medical Director and Medical Oncologist at the Florida Hospital Cancer Institute, was the lead researcher on the IMpower150 trial (NCT02366143), which served as the basis for the FDA approval.

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