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ASCO20 Virtual Scientific Program

Breast Cancer
Immunotherapy

Study Explores Adding Trastuzumab to Radiotherapy for Women With HER2-Positive DCIS

The addition of trastuzumab to radiotherapy did not reach the protocol objective of a 36% reduction in the ipsilateral breast tumor recurrence rate for women with HER2-positive ductal carcinoma in sit...

Solid Tumors
Genomics/Genetics

RET Kinase Inhibitor for Patients With Solid Tumors and RET Genetic Fusions

The RET inhibitor pralsetinib showed activity in patients with a broad variety of tumors harboring RET gene fusions, according to results from the phase I/II ARROW trial, presented by Vivek Subbiah, M...

Issues in Oncology

Results From an Oncology Hospital-at-Home Evaluation

Researchers at Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI) at the University of Utah presented the first outcomes evaluation of an adult oncology hospital-at-home program during the ASCO20 Virtual Scientific Prog...

Gastrointestinal Cancer
Immunotherapy

Trastuzumab Deruxtecan vs Chemotherapy for Previously Treated Patients With HER2-Positive Advanced Gastric Cancer

Results of the phase II DESTINY-Gastric01 study—reported at the ASCO20 Virtual Scientific Program (Abstract 4513) and published in The New England Journal of Medicine, by Kohei Shitara, MD, of the Nat...

Prostate Cancer

Expert Point of View: Scott T. Tagawa, MD, MS

Discussant Scott T. Tagawa, MD, MS, of Weill Cornell Medicine, New York, congratulated Dr. Hofman and coauthors on this first randomized trial any PSMA-targeted therapy, and was cautiously optimistic ...

Prostate Cancer

Lutetium-177–Labeled PSMA-617 Improves PSA Response in First Analysis From TheraP Trial in Metastatic Prostate Cancer

Initial results of the randomized phase II TheraP trial show that therapy directed to prostate-specific membrane antigen (PSMA) with lutetium-177–labeled PSMA-617 (LuPSMA) significantly improved prost...

gynecologic cancers

Tingyan Shi, MD, PhD, on Ovarian Cancer: Secondary Cytoreductive Surgery for Recurrent Disease

Tingyan Shi, MD, PhD, of Zhongshan Hospital, Fudan University, discusses study results that showed secondary cytoreductive surgery in selected patients extended progression-free survival and might con...

prostate cancer

Michael J. Morris, MD, on Prostate Cancer: Impact of PSMA-Targeted Imaging on Clinical Management

Michael J. Morris, MD, of Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, discusses phase III data from the CONDOR trial, which showed that PSMA-targeted PET scans detected and localized occult disease in mos...

Prostate Cancer

Androgen Deprivation With Oral Relugolix vs Leuprolide in Advanced Prostate Cancer: HERO Trial

As reported at the ASCO20 Virtual Scientific Program (Abstract 5602) and in The New England Journal of Medicine by Shore et al, the phase III HERO trial showed sustained castrate testosterone levels a...

breast cancer

Sara A. Hurvitz, MD, on Breast Cancer: Four Major Studies on Trastuzumab, Pertuzumab, Anthracyclines, and Chemotherapy De-escalation

Sara A. Hurvitz, MD, of UCLA’s David Geffen School of Medicine, summarizes four breast cancer studies: KATHERINE, on adjuvant trastuzumab vs trastuzumab in patients with residual invasive disease afte...

multiple myeloma

Meletios A. Dimopoulos, MD, on Multiple Myeloma: Selinexor, Bortezomib, and Dexamethasone for Previously Treated Patients

Meletios A. Dimopoulos, MD, of the University of Athens, discusses phase III results from the BOSTON trial, which showed that once-weekly selinexor, bortezomib, and dexamethasone significantly improve...

kidney cancer

Eric Jonasch, MD, on a Novel Therapy for Von Hippel-Lindau Disease–Associated RCC

Eric Jonasch, MD, of The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, discusses phase II study findings on the oral HIF-2α inhibitor known as MK-6482, which showed efficacy and tolerability in patie...

breast cancer

Cynthia X. Ma, MD, PhD, on Breast Cancer: Neoadjuvant Endocrine Treatment for ER-Positive, HER2-Negative Disease

Cynthia X. Ma, MD, PhD, of Washington University, discusses results from the ALTERNATE trial, which showed neither fulvestrant nor fulvestrant plus anastrozole significantly improved endocrine-sensiti...

prostate cancer

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

Neal D. Shore, MD, of the Carolina Urologic Research Center, discusses phase III results of the HERO study, which showed relugolix achieved castration as early as day 4 and was superior to leuprolide ...

Prostate Cancer

Final Overall Survival Analysis of the PROSPER Trial in Nonmetastatic Castration-Resistant Prostate Cancer

In the final overall survival analysis of the phase III PROSPER trial reported at the ASCO20 Virtual Scientific Program (Abstract 5515) and published in The New England Journal of Medicine, Cora N. St...

Breast Cancer
Gynecologic Cancers
Genomics/Genetics

Remote Pre- and Posttest Genetic Counseling for Breast and Ovarian Cancer Risk

Genetic testing for cancer risk can significantly improve the prevention or treatment of hereditary cancers, but studies have shown that people who might have a genetic risk often don't get tested. A ...

Gynecologic Cancers

Cediranib/Olaparib vs Standard-of-Care Chemotherapy for Platinum-Sensitive Ovarian Cancer

Results of the NRG Oncology phase III clinical trial NRG-GY004 indicated that the addition of the investigational agent cediranib to olaparib and standard platinum-based chemotherapy did not improve p...

colorectal cancer

Alberto F. Sobrero, MD, on Colon Cancer: Adjuvant Oxaliplatin and Fluoropyrimidine-Based Therapy for Stage III Disease

Alberto F. Sobrero, MD, of the Ospedale San Martino, discusses final results of the IDEA study, which supported the use of 3 months of adjuvant CAPOX, vs 6 months, for most patients with stage III col...

prostate cancer

Rana R. McKay, MD, on Prostate Cancer: Intense Androgen-Deprivation Therapy Before Radical Prostatectomy

Rana R. McKay, MD, of the University of California, San Diego, discusses the results of a phase II trial of intense neoadjuvant hormone therapy followed by radical prostatectomy in men with high-risk ...

breast cancer

Seema A. Khan, MD, MPH, on Metastatic Breast Cancer: Systemic vs Locoregional Therapies

Seema A. Khan, MD, MPH, of the Lynn Sage Comprehensive Breast Center, discusses phase III trial results showing that in newly diagnosed metastatic stage IV breast cancer, locoregional treatment of the...

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

Howard A. Burris III, MD, FACP, FASCO, talks about some of the reports of research developments he is looking forward to and how future conferences could incorporate virtual presentations.

colorectal cancer
immunotherapy

Thierry André, MD, on Colorectal Cancer: Pembrolizumab vs Chemotherapy for Metastatic Disease

Thierry André, MD, of Hôpital Saint-Antoine, discusses the phase III results from KEYNOTE-177, which showed that, compared with standard chemotherapy of FOLFOX or FOLFIRI, pembrolizumab doubled media...

Multiple Myeloma

Carfilzomib vs Bortezomib in Addition to Lenalidomide/Dexamethasone in Newly Diagnosed Multiple Myeloma

The combination of carfilzomib, lenalidomide, and dexamethasone (KRd) did not show superior efficacy in patients with newly diagnosed myeloma absent a high-risk disease prognosis, compared with the st...

Breast Cancer

Early Local Therapy Did Not Extend Survival in Patients With Newly Diagnosed Metastatic Breast Cancer

Women who present at diagnosis with advanced breast cancer have faced an unanswered question: will local therapy, consisting of surgery and radiation to the tumor in the breast, prolong survival compa...

Leukemia

Ivosidenib Plus Venetoclax With or Without Azacitidine for IDH1-Mutated AML

Combination therapy with the isocitrate dehydrogenase 1 (IDH1) inhibitor ivosenidib plus the BCL2 inhibitor venetoclax with or without the chemotherapeutic agent azacitidine showed activity in patient...

Lung Cancer
Immunotherapy

Durvalumab Added to Standard Chemotherapy Improved Overall Survival in Patients With Malignant Pleural Mesothelioma

Data from clinical efficacy and biomarker analyses conducted for the single-arm phase II PrE0505 study of the initial treatment of patients with malignant pleural mesothelioma were presented by Patric...

prostate cancer

David R. Wise, MD, PhD, on Novel Biomarkers in Prostate Cancer: Is Tissue the Issue?

David R. Wise, MD, PhD, of New York University Perlmutter Cancer Center, summarizes three important studies in prostate cancer: circulating tumor cell count as a prognostic marker of PSA response and ...

prostate cancer

Michael S. Hofman, MBBS, on Prostate Cancer: LuPSMA vs Cabazitaxel in Metastatic Castration-Resistant Disease

Michael S. Hofman, MBBS, of the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre, discusses phase II results from the ANZUP 1603 trial, which showed that in men with docetaxel-treated metastatic castration-resistant pro...

immunotherapy

Richard L. Schilsky, MD, on This Year’s Practice-Changing Findings

Richard L. Schilsky, MD, Chief Medical Officer of ASCO, talks about some of the most important and practice-changing findings presented this year at the ASCO20 Virtual Scientific Program, including th...

gynecologic cancers
covid-19

Merry-Jennifer Markham, MD: Perspectives on Three Abstracts From the ASCO Cancer Communications Chair

Merry-Jennifer Markham, MD, ASCO’s Cancer Communications Chair, gives her views on key papers presented at the ASCO20 Virtual Scientific Program, addressing gynecologic malignancies and COVID-19.

Kidney Cancer

HIF2A Inhibitor for von Hippel-Lindau Disease–Associated Renal Cell Carcinoma

In an international trial, treatment with MK-6482, a small-molecule inhibitor of hypoxia-inducible factor (HIF)-2a, was well tolerated and resulted in clinical responses for patients with von Hippel-L...

Geriatric Oncology

Geriatric Assessment–Driven Intervention Benefits Older Adults With Cancer

Geriatric assessment–driven interventions—such as physical therapy, nutritional recommendations, and social support, among others—can reduce toxicity due to chemotherapy in adults with cancer aged 65 ...

Lung Cancer

Tepotinib Shows Activity in Patients With NSCLC and MET Exon 14–Skipping Mutation

Patients with advanced non–small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) and a mutation that leads to mesenchymal-epithelial transition (MET) exon 14 skipping had a 46.5% objective response rate to the targeted ther...

Pancreatic Cancer
Prostate Cancer

Data From TAPUR Study Cohorts on Olaparib for BRCA-Mutated Advanced Prostate and Pancreatic Cancers

Positive results from two cohorts of the Targeted Agent and Profiling Utilization Registry (TAPUR) study provide real-world evidence to support recent clinical trial data that demonstrate a role for o...

colorectal cancer

Jeffrey A. Meyerhardt, MD, MPH, on Colon Cancer: Celecoxib and FOLFOX for Stage III Disease

Jeffrey A. Meyerhardt, MD, MPH, of Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, discusses results from the CALGB/SWOG 80702 trial of celecoxib plus standard adjuvant therapy with fluorouracil, leucovorin, and oxalip...

breast cancer

Fatima Cardoso, MD, on Breast Cancer: MammaPrint as Guidance for Adjuvant Chemotherapy

Fatima Cardoso, MD, of Lisbon’s Champalimaud Cancer Center, discusses the long-term results of MINDACT, a large prospective trial showing the clinical utility of the 70-gene signature MammaPrint for a...

Welcome to This Year’s Meeting: A Message From ASCO President Howard A. Burris III, MD, FACP, FASCO

Howard A. Burris III, MD, FACP, FASCO, President of ASCO, talks about what to expect from this year’s ASCO20 Virtual Scientific Program and its many offerings.

David C. Fajgenbaum, MD, MBA, on Chasing His Cure: A Physician Is Battling His Disease and Beating the Odds

David C. Fajgenbaum, MD, MBA, of the University of Pennsylvania, who trained as an oncologist, summarizes his opening lecture, a dramatic story of his battle against Castleman, a disease of the lymph ...

colorectal cancer
immunotherapy

Scott Kopetz, MD, PhD, on Colorectal Cancer: Encorafenib Plus Cetuximab With or Without Binimetinib

Scott Kopetz, MD, PhD, of The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, discusses phase III results of the BEACON CRC study, which confirmed that, compared with standard chemotherapy, encorafenib...

Gynecologic Cancers

Is Sentinel Lymph Node Biopsy Alone Oncologically Safe for Patients With Early-Stage Cervical Cancer?

In a study of patients with early-stage cervical cancer presented by Balaya et al during the Gynecologic Cancer Oral Abstract Session of the ASCO20 Virtual Scientific Program (Abstract 6006), research...

Head and Neck Cancer

Transoral Resection Followed by Low-Dose Radiation for Some Oropharyngeal Cancers

The final results of the randomized phase II ECOG-ACRIN E3311 trial were presented by Robert L. Ferris, MD, PhD, and colleagues during the ASCO20 Virtual Scientific Program (Abstract 6500) and in toda...

Symptom Management

Intensive Remote Monitoring of High-Risk Patients Initiating Antineoplastic Treatment

Lung Cancer
Immunotherapy

First-Line Pembrolizumab Plus Etoposide/Platinum for Extensive-Stage Small Cell Lung Cancer

As reported at the ASCO20 Virtual Scientific Program by Charles M. Rudin, MD, PhD, and colleagues (Abstract 9001), the phase III KEYNOTE-604 trial has shown that first-line pembrolizumab plus etoposid...

breast cancer

Nancy U. Lin, MD, on Metastatic Breast Cancer: Tucatinib, Trastuzumab, and Capecitabine

Nancy U. Lin, MD, of Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, discusses the HER2CLIMB study of patients with previously treated HER2-positive metastatic breast cancer that had metastasized to the brain. Adding t...

multiple myeloma

Shaji Kumar, MD, on Multiple Myeloma: Phase III Results on Carfilzomib, Lenalidomide, Bortezomib, and Dexamethasone

Shaji Kumar, MD, of the Mayo Clinic, discusses findings from the ENDURANCE trial, which showed bortezomib, lenalidomide, and dexamethasone should remain the standard of care in patients with newly dia...

Breast Cancer

Tucatinib Combination in Previously Treated HER2-Positive Metastatic Breast Cancer With Brain Metastases

In an analysis of the pivotal phase III HER2CLIMB trial to be reported at the ASCO20 Virtual Scientific Program, Nancy U. Lin, MD, and colleagues found that tucatinib, a small-molecule tyrosine kinase...

Gynecologic Cancers
Immunotherapy

TROPHIMMUN Trial Finds Avelumab Effective in Rare Gynecologic Tumor Resistant to Chemotherapy

The first trial of immunotherapy for gestational trophoblastic tumors proved effective in almost 50% of patients resistant to single-agent chemotherapy, French investigators reported in an abstract pr...

COVID-19

Patients With Cancer Infected With COVID-19 Have More Severe Illness and Higher Mortality Rates Than the General Population

A large cohort study by the COVID-19 and Cancer Consortium evaluating the impact of COVID-19 on patients with cancer has found that all-cause 30-day mortality and severe illness were significantly hig...

Genomics/Genetics
Issues in Oncology

Precision Medicine Is Becoming a Reality for Pediatric Patients With Cancer

Although 84% of children with cancer survive 5 years or more, children with refractory, relapsed, and progressive high-risk malignancies have a poor median survival of 9.5 months. The German INFORM re...

Lung Cancer
COVID-19

Study Finds Patients With Lung Cancer Infected With COVID-19 Are at High Risk for Hospitalization

Data from the global TERAVOLT Consortium, which is investigating the impact of COVID-19 infection on patients with thoracic cancers, have found that these patients are at high risk for hospitalization...

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