Kidney Cancer

Study Supports Pembrolizumab Plus Axitinib in Previously Untreated Advanced Renal Cell Carcinoma

Extended analysis of the phase III KEYNOTE-426 study upholds pembrolizumab plus axitinib as a preferred front-line regimen over sunitinib in patients with advanced sporadic renal cell carcinoma. These updated results were presented at the ASCO20 Virtual Scientific Program by Elizabeth R. Plimack, MD, Chief of the Division of Genitourinary Medical Oncology and Director of Genitourinary Clinical Research at Fox Chase Cancer Center, Philadelphia.


Multiple Myeloma

Elotuzumab Fails to Add Benefit in Newly Diagnosed High-Risk Myeloma

The addition of elotuzumab to a standard three-drug induction regimen did not improve outcomes in patients with high-risk multiple myeloma enrolled in the randomized phase II SWOG S1211 trial, according to findings reported during the ASCO20 Virtual Scientific Program by Saad Zafar Usmani, MD, FACP, of Levine Cancer Institute/Atrium Health, Charlotte, North Carolina.


Gynecologic Cancers

Two Studies Report Secondary Surgery Extends Survival in Recurrent Ovarian Cancer

Two phase III trials provide support for secondary cytoreductive surgery in women with recurrent ovarian cancer, with the caveats that patient selection is key and the surgery should be performed at sites of excellence. The results of the DESKTOP III and SOC1 trials, both presented during the ASCO20 Virtual Scientific Program, found cytoreductive surgery improved outcomes in selected patients.


Prostate Cancer

Novel Androgen-Deprivation Therapy With Relugolix Causes Fewer Cardiac Events Than Leuprolide in Advanced Prostate Cancer

Men with prostate cancer on androgen-deprivation therapy are usually treated with leuprolide, a long-acting injectable luteinizing hormone-releasing hormone (LHRH) agonist requiring an every-3-month injection, but it may be possible for ADT to be delivered by a daily oral treatment, pending regulatory approval. In the phase III HERO study, oral relugolix, given daily, was superior to leuprolide for achieving testosterone suppression in men with advanced prostate cancer who required androgen-deprivation therapy, as reported during the ASCO20 Virtual Scientific Program by Neal D. Shore, MD, FACS, of Carolina Urologic Research Center, Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, and published online in The New England Journal of Medicine to coincide with the presentation.



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Patricia Pautier, MD, on Leiomyosarcoma: Doxorubicin and Trabectedin for First-Line Treatment

Breast Cancer
Issues in Oncology

Risk of Breast Cancer Recurrence: Serum Detection of Nonadherence to Adjuvant Tamoxifen

In a French study reported in the Journal of Clinical Oncology, Pistilli et al found that serum detection of nonadherence to adjuvant tamoxifen therapy was common and was associated with poorer distant disease-free survival among premenopausal women with breast cancer. Biochemical nonadherence was...


Impact of Genes on Total Number and Type of Nevi

A study by Duffy et al in the Journal of Investigative Dermatology reported on specific gene variations affecting the number and types of moles on the body and their role in causing skin cancer.  “The goal was to investigate the genetic underpinnings of different mole classes, or...

Howard A. Burris III, MD, FACP, FASCO, on Highlights of the ASCO20 Virtual Scientific Program

Skin Cancer

Prognosis of Patients With Stage III Melanoma According to AJCCv8 vs Independent Cohorts

In a study reported in the Journal of Clinical Oncology, Garbe et al found that melanoma-specific survival rates for patients with stage III disease differed markedly in three independent cohorts compared with those reported in American Joint Committee on Cancer version 8 (AJCCv8) stage III...

A Visiting Resident Oncologist’s Training During the COVID-19 Pandemic

A visiting away elective is a resident’s designated time to visit another academic program to foster the growth of medical knowledge through patient care from the perspective of another health-care system and educational experience. The time dedicated to make this dream happen is grueling. First is ...

Gemcitabine/Eribulin in Cisplatin-Ineligible Metastatic Urothelial Carcinoma

In the final analysis from a phase II California Cancer Consortium trial (NCI-9653) reported in the Journal of Clinical Oncology, Sadeghi et al found the combination of gemcitabine and eribulin showed activity in cisplatin-ineligible patients with metastatic urothelial carcinoma. Study Details...

Prostate Cancer

Neal D. Shore, MD, on Prostate Cancer: Relugolix vs Leuprolide for Advanced Disease

Hepatobiliary Cancer

ESMO World GI: Third- or Later-Line Treatment With Infigratinib in Patients With Cholangiocarcinoma and FGR2 Fusions

At the European Society for Medical Oncology (ESMO) World Congress on Gastrointestinal Cancer 2020 Virtual, Javle et al reported that third- and later-line treatment with the selective fibroblast growth factor receptor (FGFR) 1-3 inhibitor infigratinib resulted in a progression-free survival and...


Deintensified Chemoradiotherapy for HPV-Associated Oropharyngeal Squamous Cell Carcinoma

In a phase II trial reported in the Journal of Clinical Oncology, Chera et al found that deintensified chemoradiotherapy produced favorable outcomes in human papillomavirus (HPV)-associated oropharyngeal squamous cell carcinoma. Study Details In the multicenter trial, 114 patients were recruited...