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multiple myeloma
immunotherapy

Belantamab Mafodotin-blmf in Multiple Myeloma: Number of Prior Treatments No Hindrance to Efficacy

A post hoc analysis of the phase II DREAMM-2 trial showed single-agent belantamab mafodotin-blmf to be efficacious and tolerable in patients with relapsed  or refractory multiple myeloma treated with at least three prior therapies, investigators reported at the 2020 American Society of Hematology...

gastrointestinal cancer
colorectal cancer
gastroesophageal cancer

Anti–PD-1 Therapy Dostarlimab for dMMR Gastrointestinal Cancers: Safety and Efficacy Examined

Dostarlimab, a monoclonal antibody targeting PD-1, showed strong and durable antitumor activity in patients with mismatch repair–deficient (dMMR) gastrointestinal tumors in the phase I GARNET study, reported Thierry André, MD, of Sorbonne Université and Hôpital Saint Antoine, Paris, and colleagues...

gastroesophageal cancer
gastrointestinal cancer
immunotherapy

Bemarituzumab Plus Chemotherapy Improves Outcomes in Advanced Gastric/Gastroesophageal Junction Cancer

Gastric cancer has a new target: fibroblast growth factor receptor 2b (FGFR2b). Targeting FGFR2b with bemarituzumab plus chemotherapy led to clinically meaningful and statistically significant improvements in progression-free survival, overall survival, and response rates in the randomized phase II ...

colorectal cancer

Postsurgical Disease Recurrence in Stage I to III Colorectal Cancer May Be Predicted by ctDNA

Patients with stage I to III colorectal cancer and a high risk for disease recurrence may be identified by serial testing of circulating tumor DNA (ctDNA) after resection, according to a study in which ctDNA was more reliable than carcinoembryonic antigen (CEA) surveillance or standard radiologic...

hepatobiliary cancer

IDH Inhibitor Ivosidenib Improves Overall Survival in Previously Treated Patients With Cholangiocarcinoma: ClarIDHy Trial

Ivosidenib, an inhibitor of isocitrate dehydrogenase 1 (IDH1), improved overall survival by almost 3 months compared with placebo in previously treated patients with advanced IDH1-mutated cholangiocarcinoma. Researchers presented results from the global phase III ClarIDHy trial at the 2021...

multiple myeloma
immunotherapy

Expert Point of View: Ajay K. Nooka, MD, MPH

Ajay K. Nooka, MD, MPH, Associate Professor of Hematology and Medical Oncology at Emory University and Medical Director, Winship Research Informatics Shared Resource at Winship Cancer Institute, Atlanta, considered the presentations on bispecific T-cell–engaging antibodies in myeloma to be among...

multiple myeloma
immunotherapy

New Targets Explored for Bispecific T-Cell–Engaging Antibodies in Myeloma

B-cell maturation antigen (BCMA) is the most frequent target of immunotherapies in relapsed or refractory multiple myeloma, but bispecific T-cell–engaging (BiTE) antibodies with novel targets are also achieving promising results. Studies presented at the 2020 American Society of Hematology (ASH)...

multiple myeloma
immunotherapy

Expert Point of View: Sagar Lonial, MD

Sagar Lonial, MD, the Anne and Bernard Gray Family Chair in Cancer, Chair and Professor of Hematology and Medical Oncology, Emory University School of Medicine, Atlanta, commented on the APOLLO trial for The ASCO Post. “APOLLO is a highly awaited study, as the use of daratumumab plus...

multiple myeloma
immunotherapy

Subcutaneous Daratumumab Meets Primary Endpoint in APOLLO Trial in Myeloma

The first phase III study to evaluate the subcutaneous form of daratumumab has met its primary endpoint, investigators of the APOLLO trial reported at the 2020 American Society of Hematology (ASH) Annual Meeting & Exposition.1 The triplet of daratumumab, pomalidomide, and low-dose dexamethasone ...

Expert Point of View: Cathy Eng, MD

Cathy Eng, MD, the David H. Johnson Chair in Surgical and Medical Oncology, Co-Leader of the Gastrointestinal (GI) Cancer Research Program, and Co-Director of GI Oncology at Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center in Nashville, as well as Vice Chair of the SWOG GI Committee, said she found the study’s...

colorectal cancer

Study Reports Highly Skilled Surgeons Significantly Reduce Death From Colon Cancer

To improve long-term survival odds, individuals with early-stage colon cancer should have their surgery performed by highly skilled surgeons. In a study that used video assessment, surgeons with highly ranked skills gave their patients a 69% lower risk of dying at 5 years as compared with their...

issues in oncology
global cancer care

European Experts Tackle HPV-Related Cancers

The prevention of infection with the human papillomavirus (HPV), and its related cancers, has become a focus of the European Cancer Organisation. At the group’s 2020 European Cancer Summit, held virtually, members of the organization’s HPV Action Network convened with other experts to share...

issues in oncology
global cancer care

Panel on Global Cancer Control Looks for Ways Forward in a War That’s Proving Hard to Win

Are we winning the war on cancer? It’s not so clear, especially with COVID-19 poised to erase recent gains, panelists said at a session on global cancer control at the 2020 European Cancer Summit, which was sponsored by the European Cancer Organisation. “We know what we have to do. My question is...

issues in oncology
global cancer care

Addressing Inequality in Cancer Care on a Global Scale

It has become a familiar theme of late: Inequities exist in all aspects of cancer care. Although study after study documents problems with access to care and poorer cancer outcomes among underrepresented groups, less is heard about organized efforts to address these issues. This critical topic was...

skin cancer

Intratumoral Injections May Boost Neoadjuvant Response in Resectable Melanoma

Studies reported at the 2020 Society for Immunotherapy of Cancer (SITC) Annual Meeting, which was held virtually, showed promise for the use of intratumoral injections of novel immunotherapies in treating advanced, resectable melanoma. In the 3-year interim analysis of a global phase II randomized...

Expert Point of View: Omid Hamid, MD

Omid Hamid, MD, Chief of Research/Immuno-Oncology at The Angeles Clinic & Research Institute and Co-Director of the Cutaneous Malignancy Program at Cedars-Sinai Cancer Center, Los Angeles, commented on the investigational use of bempegaldesleukin in melanoma. “The role of interleukin-2 [Il-2]...

skin cancer

Novel Combination Under Study in First-Line Treatment of Metastatic Melanoma

A first-line regimen combining the novel interleukin-2 (Il-2) agonist bempegaldesleukin (NKTR-214) with nivolumab showed encouraging clinical activity in patients with metastatic melanoma in the phase I/II PIVOT-02 trial, according to a presentation during the 2020 Annual Meeting of the Society for ...

Expert Point of View: Robert A. Brodsky, MD

Robert A. Brodsky, MD, Professor of Medicine and Oncology and Director of the Division of Hematology, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, Baltimore, included this late-breaking abstract among his picks of noteworthy abstracts at the meeting, in a press briefing with journalists. “The researchers...

hematologic malignancies

First Sign of Myeloproliferative Neoplasms May Be in Utero

Genetic mutations linked to myeloproliferative neoplasms emerge in childhood or even in utero, decades before they cause cancer, according to a late-breaking abstract presented at the 2020 American Society of Hematology (ASH) Annual Meeting & Exposition.1 “Our preliminary findings show these...

Expert Point of View: C. Kent Osborne, MD

C. Kent Osborne, MD, Founding Director of the Dan L. Duncan Comprehensive Cancer Center and the Dudley and Tina Sharp Chair for Cancer Research, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, said in a press briefing that the results of the study were clear, but the explanation for the findings is less so....

breast cancer

RxPONDER: Many Postmenopausal Patients With Node-Positive Breast Cancer Can Avoid Chemotherapy

Just in are the results of the SWOG S1007 RxPONDER trial, which evaluated the benefit of chemotherapy in women with early-stage hormone receptor–positive, HER2-negative breast cancer and node-positive disease.1 The data showed that many postmenopausal women can skip adjuvant chemotherapy, based on ...

hematologic malignancies

Transplant May Improve Survival in Older Patients With High-Risk Myelodysplastic Syndrome, Study Reports

Stem cell transplants are not frequently offered to older patients with high-risk myelodysplastic syndromes (MDS). According to a study from the Blood and Marrow Transplant Clinical Trials Network (BMTCTN 1102), these patients may indeed achieve a survival benefit from stem cell transplant. As...

breast cancer

SABCS 2020: RxPONDER Study Shows Postmenopausal Patients With Node-Positive Breast Cancer May Be Able to Avoid Chemotherapy

Just in are the results of the SWOG S1007 RxPONDER trial, which evaluated the benefit of chemotherapy in women with early-stage, hormone receptor (HR)-positive, node-positive breast cancer. Based on the findings, many postmenopausal women may be able to safely skip adjuvant chemotherapy. However,...

immunotherapy
solid tumors
sarcoma

Progress Report on Checkpoint Inhibitors in Rare Tumors

Immune checkpoint inhibitors may prove to be effective in treating patients with two rare cancer types—leptomeningeal metastases and angiosarcoma, according to early-phase clinical trials reported at the 2020 Annual Meeting of the Society for Immunotherapy of Cancer (SITC), which was held virtually ...

hematologic malignancies
genomics/genetics

ASH 2020: Early Signs of Risk for Myeloproliferative Neoplasms May Appear in Childhood or in Utero

Genetic mutations linked to myeloproliferative neoplasms may emerge in childhood or even in utero, decades before they cause cancer, according to a late-breaking abstract presented today at the 2020 American Society of Hematology (ASH) Annual Meeting & Exposition by Jyoti Nangalia, MBBChir, and ...

lymphoma
immunotherapy

ZUMA-5 Trial Finds Axicabtagene Ciloleucel Shows Activity in Patients With Indolent Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma

In the phase II ZUMA-5 trial, axicabtagene ciloleucel led to responses in 92% of patients with indolent non-Hodgkin lymphoma treated with the cellular immunotherapy. These findings were reported by Caron Jacobson, MD, MMSc, and colleagues at the 2020 American Society of Hematology (ASH) Annual...

myelodysplastic syndromes

Reduced-Intensity Allogeneic Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplant May Improve Survival in Older Patients With High-Risk MDS

Stem cell transplants are not frequently offered to older patients with high-risk myelodysplastic syndromes (MDS). According to a study from the Blood and Marrow Transplant Clinical Trials Network (BMTCTN 1102), these patients may indeed achieve a survival benefit from stem cell transplant. As...

multiple myeloma
immunotherapy

ASH 2020: APOLLO Findings Support Use of Subcutaneous Daratumumab Plus Pomalidomide/Dexamethasone in Relapsed or Refractory Multiple Myeloma

For patients with relapsed or refractory multiple myeloma whose disease progressed after at least one prior regimen, the subcutaneous form of daratumumab, given with pomalidomide and dexamethasone, significantly improved progression-free survival vs pomalidomide and low-dose dexamethasone alone....

colorectal cancer

Statins Reduced Risk of Colorectal Cancer in Meta-analysis

A systematic meta-analysis has shown that statin users had a significantly reduced risk of colorectal cancer. The study included patients with and without inflammatory bowel disease, which is associated with an increased risk of this type of cancer. The largest chemopreventive effect was observed...

Expert Point of View: Brooks D. Cash, MD

Brooks D. Cash, MD, Chief of Gastroenterology, Hepatology & Nutrition at McGovern Medical School at UTHealth in Houston, moderated the plenary session during the virtual edition of the American College of Gastroenterology 2020 Annual Scientific Meeting, where the data were presented. He...

immunotherapy

Managing Checkpoint Inhibitor–Mediated Colitis: Vedolizumab vs Infliximab

For patients who develop severe diarrhea or colitis while receiving checkpoint inhibitors, the immunosuppressive agent vedolizumab is preferred over infliximab, according to an expert on the topic from The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center. A retrospective comparison of outcomes with...

multiple myeloma
immunotherapy

Support Builds for Anti-BCMA CAR T-Cell Therapy in Multiple Myeloma

Based on early results in clinical trials, interest in the use of chimeric antigen receptor (CAR) T-cell therapy in multiple myeloma has been high, especially for products targeting B-cell maturation antigen (BCMA). During the ASCO20 Virtual Scientific Program, further support for CAR T-cell...

Expert Point of View: Fatima Cardoso, MD

The SOLAR-1 invited discussant, Fatima Cardoso, MD, Director of the Breast Unit at the Champalimaud Clinical Center in Lisbon and Chair of the ABC Global Alliance, commented: “The overall survival results, though numerically different by almost 8 months, unfortunately do not reach statistical...

breast cancer

Final Analysis of SOLAR-1: 8-Month Survival Benefit Misses Statistical Significance for Alpelisib

The statistically significant benefit of alpelisib in reducing disease progression, as reported at the European Society for Medical Oncology (ESMO) Congress 2 years ago, did not translate into a significant improvement in overall survival, although a numerical 8-month gain was observed in the final ...

Expert Point of View: David Cameron, MD

“This study highlights an interesting difference between breast cancers that are detected at the time a woman attends a scheduled appointment as part of a national screening program and those that are diagnosed in the interval between screenings,” commented European Breast Cancer Conference...

breast cancer

Mode of Detection of High-Risk Breast Cancer Linked to Prognosis

Breast cancers detected between mammographic screenings carry a worse prognosis than those detected at the time of screening, even when tumor biology is similar, according to research presented at the 12th European Breast Cancer Conference (EBCC 12), which was held virtually this year.1 The 8-year...

Expert Point of View: Keerthi Gogineni, MD, MSHP

Keerthi Gogineni, MD, MSHP, Assistant Professor of Hematology and a medical oncologist at Emory University School of Medicine, Atlanta, commented on the long-term follow-up of the MINDACT trial presented at the 12th European Breast Cancer Conference. She noted that, for patients with early-stage...

breast cancer

MINDACT at 8.7 Years: Primary Findings Confirmed

Long-term analysis of the phase III MINDACT trial, with a median follow-up of 8.7 years, confirmed that the 70-gene signature MammaPrint assay can identify which patients with breast cancer can safely forgo adjuvant chemotherapy, reported Emiel Rutgers, MD, PhD, FRCS, a surgical oncologist at the...

Expert Point of View: Emiliano Calvo, MD, and Udai Banerji, MD

Press briefing moderator and meeting Co-Chair, Emiliano Calvo, MD, Director of the START Madrid Group and Director of Clinical Research at the START Madrid-Centro Integral Oncologico Clara Campal Hospital, stated: “Using drugs that are already approved and in worldwide use, and to be able to...

immunotherapy

Can Antihypertensives Improve Outcomes With Immunotherapy?

Angiotensin receptor blockers, commonly used to treat hypertension, may improve outcomes in patients treated with anti–PD-1/L1 agents, according to an observational study of almost 600 patients reported at the virtual 32nd EORTC-NCI-AACR Symposium on Molecular Targets and Cancer Therapeutics.1 The...

Expert Point of View: Howard (Jack) West, MD, and William R. Sellers, MD

Howard (Jack) West, MD, Associate Clinical Professor in Medical Oncology at City of Hope Comprehensive Cancer Center, Duarte, California, was impressed with the data from the KRYSTAL-1 trial. “It’s great to see new data on another entrant into the space for patients with KRAS G12C...

lung cancer

KRAS Inhibitor Adagrasib Shows Activity in Non–Small Cell Lung Cancer

Another novel oral KRAS inhibitor—adagrasib (MRTX849)—has shown promise in early clinical trials, according to investigators of the KRYSTAL-1 study who reported findings at the virtual 32nd EORTC-NCI-AACR Symposium on Molecular Targets and Cancer Therapeutics.1,2 The conference is jointly provided...

Expert Point of View: William R. Sellers, MD

William R. Sellers, MD, Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School and the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and Co-Chair of the EORTC-NCI-AACR Symposium on Molecular Targets and Cancer, commented: “This study is a good example of how our increasing ability to study the human genome easily and in...

solid tumors

Genetic Variants Linked to Bevacizumab-Induced Adverse Effects

Two common genetic variants appear to be linked to toxicity induced by bevacizumab, researchers reported at the 32nd European Organisation for Research and Treatment of Cancer (EORTC)–National Cancer Institute (NCI)–American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) Symposium on Molecular Targets and...

breast cancer

Expert Point of View: Charles L. Shapiro, MD

The ASCO Post asked Charles L. Shapiro, MD, Professor of Medicine, Director of Translational Breast Cancer Research, and Director of Cancer Survivorship at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, New York, for his thoughts on the exploratory analysis of PALOMA-3. He first pointed out that the...

breast cancer

PALOMA-3 Exploratory Analysis: Who Benefits Most From Palbociclib?

The phase III PALOMA-3 trial significantly reduced the risk of disease progression by 50% in patients with hormone receptor–positive/HER2-negative advanced breast cancer, but the improvement in overall survival did not reach statistical significance.1 An exploratory subgroup analysis has now shown...

Expert Point of View: Tim Price, MBBS, DHthSc

The invited discussant of PRODIGE 13 was Tim Price, MBBS, DHthSc, Professor at the University of Adelaide, Australia, senior consultant medical oncologist, and Director of Medical Oncology and Clinical Cancer Research at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital. As he reminded listeners, the current ASCO...

colorectal cancer

After Surgery for Colorectal Cancer, Intensive Monitoring of Little Benefit: PRODIGE 13

Is intensive monitoring of patients after curative colorectal cancer resection warranted? Not necessarily, according to the findings of PRODIGE 13, reported at the European Society for Medical Oncology (ESMO) Virtual Congress 2020.1 “After curative surgery, the addition of CEA [carcinoembryonic...

Expert Point of View: Amy Tiersten, MD and Erika Hamilton, MD

Sharing their thoughts on KEYNOTE-355 were Amy Tiersten, MD, Professor of Medicine at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, New York, and Erika Hamilton, MD, Director of the Breast and Gynecologic Research Program at Sarah Cannon Research Institute/Tennessee Oncology, Nashville, who presented...

breast cancer
immunotherapy

First-Line Pembrolizumab Delays Disease Progression in PD-L1–Expressing Metastatic Triple-Negative Breast Cancer

In the phase III KEYNOTE-355 trial, pembrolizumab combined with several chemotherapy partners yielded a statistically significant and clinically meaningful improvement in progression-free survival vs chemotherapy alone in patients with previously untreated locally advanced or metastatic...

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