Managing the Care of Patients With Renal Cell Carcinoma During the COVID-19 Pandemic: Advice from Nazy Zomorodian, RNC, MSN, CUNP, CCRC

Nazy Zomorodian, RNC, MSN, CUNP, CCRC.
At the Greater Los Angeles Oncology Nursing Society (GLAONS) Oncology Care Summit in Los Angeles, California, Oncology Data Advisor spoke with Nazy Zomorodian, NP, a nurse practitioner in the Department of Urology at the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) Medical Center, about strategies for optimizing patient experiences during renal cell carcinoma treatment. Ms. Zomorodian discusses the challenges of treating patients with renal cell carcinoma, particularly during the COVID-19 pandemic, and shares strategies for promoting adherence and optimizing treatment outcomes.
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FDA Approves Belzutifan for von Hippel-Lindau–Associated Cancers

The FDA has approved belzutifan (Welireg™, Merck), a hypoxia-inducible factor (HIF) inhibitor, for patients with von Hippel-Lindau (VHL) disease who need therapy for associated renal cell carcinoma (RCC), central nervous system (CNS) hemangioblastomas, or pancreatic neuroendocrine tumors (pNETs), but who do not require immediate surgery."Inactivation of VHL leads to aberrant stabilization and accumulation of HIF-2α, which drives tumor growth. Patients with VHL disease are at risk of clear cell R...
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Exploring Treatment Options for Patients With Renal Cell Carcinoma: Bradley McGregor, MD, and Robert Motzer, MD

In 2021, an estimated 76,080 new cases of kidney cancer will be diagnosed. Among those cases, the majority will be renal cell carcinomas (RCC). In this excerpt of the transcript from their continuing medical education/nursing continuing professional development (CME/NCPD)–approved activity, Expert Guidance on New Advances in Renal Cell Carcinoma, Bradley McGregor, MD, Clinical Director of the Lank Center of Genitourinary Oncology at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, and Robert Motzer, MD, Chair ...
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FDA Approves Tivozanib for Advanced Renal Cell Carcinoma

Tivozanib (Fotivda®, Aveo Pharmaceuticals, Inc.) has been approved by the FDA for adult patients with relapsed/refractory advanced renal cell carcinoma (RCC) who were previously treated with at least two systemic therapies. "Treatment for RCC has been revolutionized by inhibitors of the vascular endothelial growth factor receptor (VEGFR)," wrote the investigators of TIVO-3 (NCT02627963), the trial on which the approval was based, led by Brian Rini, MD, Chief of Clinical Trials at the Vander...
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Lenvatinib/Pembrolizumab Improves Survival in Renal Cell Carcinoma

Results from a phase 3 trial of patients with advanced renal cell carcinoma (RCC) presented this week at the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) Genitourinary Cancers Symposium and simultaneously published in The New England Journal of Medicine demonstrated that the first-line treatment regimen of lenvatinib, a vascular endothelial growth factor receptor (VEGFR) tyrosine kinase inhibitor, plus pembrolizumab, an anti–programmed cell death protein 1 (PD-1) monoclonal antibody, lengthened ...
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