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lymphoma
hematologic malignancies
immunotherapy

Blood Tests Could Help Predict Which Patients With Lymphoma May Respond Poorly to CAR T-Cell Therapy

Researchers may have uncovered a novel strategy to identify which patients may experience poorer outcomes from chimeric antigen receptor (CAR) T-cell therapy prior to treatment, according to a recent study published by Faramand et al in Blood Cancer Discovery. The findings indicate opportunities to ...

Reframing DCIS as an Opportunity for Cancer Prevention

We have been taught that early cancer detection and treatment save lives. The way to cure cancer is to find it early and treat it aggressively. The public has subscribed to this approach in our struggle to “eradicate cancer.” In certain disease types, there is merit to this philosophy. The ability...

prostate cancer
supportive care

Annual Increases in Cardiorespiratory Fitness May Help Reduce Risk of Prostate Cancer

An increase in annual cardiorespiratory fitness may be linked to a lower risk of developing prostate cancer, according to a recent study published by Bolam et al in the British Journal of Sports Medicine. Background There are relatively few known risk factors for prostate cancer. Although research...

skin cancer

mTOR Inhibitor, Prednisone, and Cemiplimab for Kidney Transplant Recipients With Advanced Cutaneous Squamous Cell Carcinoma

In a small single-center phase I trial reported in the Journal of Clinical Oncology, Glenn J. Hanna, MD, and colleagues found that immunosuppressant treatment with an mTOR inhibitor and prednisone plus immunotherapy with cemiplimab-rwlc resulted in durable responses and no allograft loss in adult...

skin cancer

Adjuvant Treatment of Resected Melanoma: mRNA-Based Personalized Therapy Plus Immunotherapy

In the phase IIb KEYNOTE-942 trial reported in The Lancet, Jeffrey S. Weber, MD, PhD, and colleagues found that the addition of adjuvant mRNA-4157—a novel mRNA-based individualized neoantigen therapy—to pembrolizumab numerically improved recurrence-free survival in patients with completely resected ...

bladder cancer

Sacituzumab Govitecan Plus Pembrolizumab in Metastatic Urothelial Cancer Progressing After Platinum-Based Chemotherapy

In a cohort of the phase II TROPHY-U-01 trial (cohort 3) reported in the Journal of Clinical Oncology, Petros Grivas, MD, PhD, and colleagues found that the combination of sacituzumab govitecan-hziy and pembrolizumab showed activity in patients with metastatic urothelial cancer and disease...

lung cancer

Accelerated Hypofractionated Chemoradiation With Adaptive SABR Boost in Locally Advanced, Unresectable NSCLC

In a U.S. single-center radiation dose-expansion study reported in JAMA Oncology, Wu et al found that chemoradiation with adaptively increased stereotactic ablative radiotherapy (SABR) boost doses was safe and effective in patients with locally advanced, unresectable non–small cell lung cancer...

neuroendocrine tumors
issues in oncology

UCHL1 Protein: Potential Biomarker and Therapeutic Target in Neuroendocrine Carcinomas and Neuroblastoma?

Investigators have found that the protein UCHL1 may be used as a molecular biomarker for diagnosing patients with highly aggressive neuroendocrine carcinomas and neuroblastoma and predicting and monitoring responses to therapy, according to a study published by Liu et al in Cell Reports Medicine....

colorectal cancer
global cancer care
issues in oncology

Colon Cancer Mortality Rates: Predictions Across the European Union and United Kingdom

Investigators discovered that overweight and obesity may be contributing to rising rates of colon cancer mortality in younger patients, according to a recent study published by Santucci et al in the Annals of Oncology. The findings represent the first time colon cancer mortality rates among younger ...

lung cancer
issues in oncology

Potential Risk Factors for Postoperative Venous Thromboembolism in Lung Cancer Identified

Postoperative pulmonary embolism may be predictive of increased 30-day mortality, reintubation, and readmission rates in patients with lung cancer, according to recent findings presented by Axtell et al at The Society of Thoracic Surgeons (STS) Annual Meeting. Background Patients with lung cancer...

kidney cancer

Thomas Powles, MD, on RCC: Patient-Reported Outcomes With Belzutifan vs Everolimus

Thomas Powles, MD, of Barts Cancer Institute, Cancer Research UK Experimental Cancer Medicine Centre, and Queen Mary University of London, discusses outcomes reported by patients with previously treated renal cell carcinoma (RCC), taking part in the phase III LITESPARK-005 study. Belzutifan was...

kidney cancer
immunotherapy

Subcutaneous vs Intravenous Nivolumab in Advanced Clear Cell RCC

In previously treated patients with advanced or metastatic clear cell renal cell carcinoma, a subcutaneous formulation of nivolumab was found to be noninferior to the intravenous formulation, which is standard of care for nivolumab in renal cell carcinoma and other cancers. Compared with...

prostate cancer

Maha H.A. Hussain, MD, on Prostate Cancer: New Data on Abiraterone and Prednisone Plus Olaparib

Maha H.A. Hussain, MD, of the Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center, Northwestern University, discusses phase II findings from the BRCAAway trial. This study showed that in patients with metastatic castration-resistant prostate cancer with BRCA1/2 or ATM alterations, abiraterone and...

prostate cancer
genomics/genetics

Is HRR Testing Underused in Patients With Prostate Cancer?

Despite being recommended in prostate cancer guidelines, homologous recombinant repair (HRR) mutation analysis is widely underused in patients with prostate cancer, according to real-world data presented at the 2024 ASCO Genitourinary Cancers Symposium (Abstract 210). A major implication of these...

sarcoma
immunotherapy
cardio-oncology

Immunotherapy Outcomes in Patients With Primary Cardiac Soft-Tissue Sarcomas

In a U.S. multicenter retrospective analysis reported in JACC: CardioOncology, Amin H. Nassar, MD, and colleagues found that immune checkpoint inhibition resulted in mostly moderate activity in patients with primary cardiac soft-tissue sarcomas. Study Details The study included 24 patients with...

global cancer care
issues in oncology

UICC Offers Recommendations in Preparation for World Cancer Day 2024

The Union for International Cancer Control (UICC) has provided a new set of recommendations to eliminate inequities in cancer care in light of World Cancer Day on February 4, according to the new World Cancer Day 2024 Equity Report. Background Since its establishment in 2000, World Cancer Day has...

bladder cancer
immunotherapy

Use of Adjuvant Nivolumab in Patients With Muscle-Invasive Urothelial Carcinoma: CheckMate 274

Subsequent systemic therapy with the immune checkpoint inhibitor nivolumab may offer overall survival benefit in patients with muscle-invasive urothelial carcinoma who underwent surgery to remove their tumors, according to recent findings presented by Geynisman et al at the 2024 ASCO Genitourinary...

kidney cancer
immunotherapy
issues in oncology

Immune Checkpoint Inhibitor–Based Therapy May Have Comparative Efficacy in Black and White Patients With Metastatic Renal Cell Carcinoma

Immune checkpoint inhibitor–based therapy may be an equally effective front-line treatment in both Black and White patients with metastatic renal cell carcinoma, according to recent findings presented by Kaur et al at the 2024 ASCO Genitourinary Cancers Symposium (Abstract 369). Background Race may ...

prostate cancer

Neeraj Agarwal, MD, on Prostate Cancer: Phase III Trial Update on Cabozantinib, Atezolizumab, and Hormonal Therapy

Neeraj Agarwal, MD, of Huntsman Cancer Institute at the University of Utah, discusses results of the CONTACT-2 trial, which showed cabozantinib plus atezolizumab improved radiographic progression–free survival of patients with metastatic castration-resistant prostate cancer vs a second novel...

gastroesophageal cancer
gastrointestinal cancer

Ian Chau, MD, on Gastrointestinal Cancers: Real-World Effectiveness of Nivolumab Plus Chemotherapy

Ian Chau, MD, of The Royal Marsden Hospital, discusses reportedly the first study to evaluate the real-world effectiveness of nivolumab as a first-line treatment of advanced gastric, gastroesophageal junction, or esophageal adenocarcinoma. The combination therapy improved overall survival compared...

hepatobiliary cancer

Milind M. Javle, MD, on Cholangiocarcinoma: New Data on Tinengotinib as Monotherapy

Milind M. Javle, MD, of The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, discusses phase II results on tinengotinib, a next-generation FGFR inhibitor that seems to overcome acquired resistance and shows efficacy in patients with cholangiocarcinoma with other FGFR alterations who are not eligible...

gastrointestinal cancer
neuroendocrine tumors

Lorraine A. Chantrill, PhD, MBBS, on Gastrointestinal Neuroendocrine Carcinomas: First-Line Treatment With Nab-Paclitaxel Plus Carboplatin

Lorraine A. Chantrill, PhD, MBBS, of Australia’s Wollongong Hospital, New South Wales, discusses phase II findings on the combination of nab-paclitaxel plus carboplatin as a first-line treatment for patients with gastrointestinal neuroendocrine carcinomas. According to Dr. Chantrill, this regimen...

colorectal cancer
pancreatic cancer

Jennifer Yon-Li Wo, MD, on Colorectal and Pancreatic Cancers: New Findings on SBRT With Ipilimumab and Nivolumab

Jennifer Yon-Li Wo, MD, of Massachusetts General Hospital, discusses the local failure rate of non-ablative hypofractionated radiation therapy in combination with the immune checkpoint inhibitors ipilimumab and nivolumab compared to ablative SBRT to treat metastatic microsatellite-stable colorectal ...

hepatobiliary cancer

Riccardo Lencioni, MD, on Hepatocellular Carcinoma: Transarterial Chemoembolization, Durvalumab, and Bevacizumab

Riccardo Lencioni, MD, of the University of Pisa School of Medicine, discusses phase III results from the EMERALD-1 study of durvalumab plus bevacizumab plus TACE (transarterial chemoembolization) in patients with embolization-eligible unresectable hepatocellular carcinoma. Compared with TACE...

colorectal cancer

Van K. Morris, MD, on Colon Cancer: ctDNA as a Predictive Biomarker

Van K. Morris, MD, of The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, discusses phase II results on using circulating tumor DNA (ctDNA) as a predictive biomarker of adjuvant chemotherapy in patients with stage II colon cancer. During the trial, no improvement in ctDNA clearance was observed...

prostate cancer

More Intensified Salvage Regimen for Prostate Cancer Does Not Impair Health-Related Quality of Life

In patients with biochemically recurrent prostate cancer after radical prostatectomy, a more intensified regimen of abiraterone acetate/prednisone plus apalutamide improved outcomes and did not lead to decrements in specific domains of health-related quality of life (HRQoL) vs treatment with...

skin cancer

FDG PET/CT Imaging Performed After 1 Week of Immunotherapy May Predict Treatment Response in Patients With Advanced Melanoma

A prospective pilot study investigating the use of early fluorodeoxyglucose F-18 (FDG) positron-emission tomography/computed tomography (PET/CT) in patients with advanced melanoma has found that metabolic changes in melanoma metastases detected on early FDG PET/CT imaging are potentially predictive ...

kidney cancer

Survival Benefit With Adjuvant Immunotherapy in Patients With Clear Cell RCC

The phase III KEYNOTE-564 study has reported that adjuvant pembrolizumab provides a significant improvement in overall survival for patients with clear cell renal cell carcinoma at high risk of recurrence after surgery. This study is significant, as it represents the first phase III study to show...

bladder cancer

AMBASSADOR: Pembrolizumab in Muscle-Invasive and Locally Advanced Urothelial Carcinoma

Patients with muscle-invasive urothelial cancer and a high risk of recurrence after surgery may have a new treatment option. The Alliance for Clinical Trials in Oncology announced positive results from the phase III AMBASSADOR (A031501) trial for the adjuvant treatment of patients with localized...

gynecologic cancers
issues in oncology

Cervical Cancer Rates May Be Rising in Low-Income U.S. Counties

The incidence and mortality of cervical cancer may be rising in patients residing in low-income areas of the United States, according to a recent study published by Amboree et al in the International Journal of Cancer. Study Methods and Results In the recent study, investigators used the...

solid tumors
hematologic malignancies
issues in oncology

Secondary Cancers May Be Rare in Patients Treated With CAR T-Cell Therapy

The development of any type of secondary cancer following chimeric antigen receptor (CAR) T-cell therapy may be rare, according to a recent study published by Ghilardi et al in Nature Medicine. Background Secondary cancers, including T-cell lymphomas, are known risks of cancer treatments such as...

gastroesophageal cancer
gastrointestinal cancer

Anant Ramaswamy, DM, on Advanced Gastric Cancers: New Findings on Adding Docetaxel to Doublet

Anant Ramaswamy, DM, of Tata Memorial Centre, discusses phase III results of a study that added docetaxel to a doublet regimen of fluorouracil or capecitabine and oxaliplatin, which did not improve overall survival in patients with advanced gastroesophageal junction and gastric cancers. Continuing...

pancreatic cancer

Frank Kullmann, MD, on Metastatic Pancreatic Cancer: Recent Data on Gemcitabine and Nab-Paclitaxel

Frank Kullmann, MD, of Germany’s Klinikum Weiden, discusses results from the ALPACA trial, which suggest a dose-reduced regimen with alternating cycles of gemcitabine/nab-paclitaxel and gemcitabine monotherapy after three induction cycles of standard gemcitabine/nab-paclitaxel is feasible and...

gastroesophageal cancer

Manish A. Shah, MD, on Esophageal Cancer: Long-Term Outcomes of Pembrolizumab and Chemotherapy

Manish A. Shah, MD, of Weill Cornell Medical College, discusses phase III findings of the KEYNOTE-590 study, which shows that, after 5 years, the use of pembrolizumab plus chemotherapy improved survival with durable efficacy, compared with placebo plus chemotherapy, in patients with untreated...

leukemia

Intensified vs Standard Induction in Younger Patients With Newly Diagnosed AML

In a UK trial (NCRI AML19) reported in the Journal of Clinical Oncology, Russell et al found that intensified induction therapy with FLAG-Ida (fludarabine, cytarabine, granulocyte colony–stimulating factor, and idarubicin) plus gemtuzumab ozogamicin did not improve overall survival in younger...

Expert Point of View: Harry P. Erba, MD, PhD

Harry P. Erba, MD, PhD, Professor of Medicine and Director of the Leukemia Program in the Division of Hematologic Malignancies and Cellular Therapy at Duke University School of Medicine, Durham, North Carolina, told The ASCO Post he was not surprised by one of the key findings reported by Smith et ...

leukemia

Study Examines Real-World Outcomes With Ivosidenib vs Venetoclax in Acute Myeloid Leukemia

In a comparison of real-world outcomes for two common first-line regimens for acute myeloid leukemia (AML) with mutations in isocitrate dehydrogenase 1 (IDH1), treatment with the IDH1-targeted agent ivosidenib plus a hypomethylating agent was associated with better outcomes than venetoclax plus a...

prostate cancer

Cabozantinib and Atezolizumab in Metastatic Castration-Resistant Prostate Cancer

Patients with metastatic castration-resistant prostate cancer with extrapelvic nodal or visceral metastasis who were treated with the combination of cabozantinib plus atezolizumab had significantly improved time to disease progression compared with those who were treated with hormonal therapy. This ...

supportive care
survivorship

Study Finds Plant-Rich Foods, Nuts/Seeds May Benefit Childhood Cancer Survivors

A recent study, published by Wang et al in the Journal of Clinical Oncology, conducted as part of the St. Jude Lifetime Cohort (SJLIFE), may provide new insights into how diet may affect aging in adult survivors of childhood cancer. This study, involving 3,322 participants aged 18 to 65, found that ...

solid tumors
hematologic malignancies
issues in oncology

Unintentional Weight Loss May Be a Warning Sign of Cancer, Study Finds

Unintentional weight loss may be associated with an increased risk of receiving a cancer diagnosis within the next year, according to a recent study published by Wang et al in JAMA. Background Patients with advanced cancer often experience weight loss. However, weight loss is often not thought to...

issues in oncology

Generic Drug Shortages and Essential Cancer Medicines

Decisions regarding the rationing of chemotherapy are commonplace in many countries around the world—including those where patients must pay for chemotherapy out of pocket—and increasingly so in cancer settings that treat both well-off and socioeconomically disadvantaged patients. However, these...

gynecologic cancers

OVHIPEC-1 Trial: Hyperthermic Intraperitoneal Chemotherapy Plus Interval Cytoreductive Surgery Improves Survival in Advanced Ovarian Cancer

The final survival analysis of the Dutch-Belgian phase III OVHIPEC-1 trial showed that the addition of hyperthermic intraperitoneal chemotherapy (HIPEC) to interval cytoreductive surgery was associated with maintained progression-free and overall survival benefits at 10 years in women with advanced ...

cardio-oncology

International Collaborative Research Efforts in Cardio-Oncology

At the 2023 Global Cardio-Oncology Symposium (GCOS), international experts explored the ongoing collaborative efforts to improve the cardiovascular health of patients being treated for cancer as well as the bidirectional challenges of translating basic research to clinical care. Focus on Basic and...

supportive care
integrative oncology

Expert Point of View: Daniel Curtis McFarland, DO, MS

Invited discussant of the abstracts on the virtual mind-body fitness program and the BRIDGE intervention from the 2023 ASCO Quality Care Symposium, Daniel Curtis McFarland, DO, MS, of Wilmot Cancer Center, University of Rochester Medical Center, New York, said they highlight the unmet need...

supportive care
integrative oncology

Integrated Medicine and Collaborative Care: Innovations in Cancer Treatment and Mental Health Care

Recent studies by multidisciplinary teams at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center and Massachusetts General Hospital are illuminating novel ways to address health-care challenges faced by patients with cancer. The research, presented at the 2023 ASCO Quality Care Symposium, highlights the...

breast cancer

Expert Point of View: Laura Huppert, MD

Invited discussant Laura Huppert, MD, of the University of California, San Francisco, Comprehensive Cancer Center, focused her remarks on the need for biomarkers for selection of immunotherapy as part of neoadjuvant chemotherapy for hormone receptor–positive, HER2-negative breast cancer. “Hormone...

breast cancer

Neoadjuvant Chemoimmunotherapy Improves Pathologic Complete Response Rates in Subgroup Analysis of KEYNOTE-756

Pembrolizumab added to neoadjuvant chemotherapy followed by adjuvant pembrolizumab plus endocrine therapy improved pathologic complete responses in patients with early-stage, high-risk, estrogen receptor (ER)-positive, HER2-negative breast cancer, according to updated results of the phase III...

breast cancer

Expert Point of View: Heather Han, MD

Heather Han, MD, Research Director, Department of Breast Oncology, Moffitt Cancer Center, Tampa, commented on the latest update from the NATALEE trial: “Despite the established standard adjuvant therapy, many patients with hormone receptor–positive, early-stage breast cancer (including stages...

breast cancer

NATALEE Trial: Long-Term Results on Ribociclib Combination Therapy in Early-Stage Breast Cancer

Invasive disease–free survival continued to be significantly improved for patients with hormone receptor–positive, HER2-negative, early-stage breast cancer who received the CDK4/6 inhibitor ribociclib plus a nonsteroidal aromatase inhibitor compared with a nonsteroidal aromatase inhibitor alone....

multiple myeloma

Expert Point of View: Cynthia E. Dunbar, MD

In a press briefing at the 2023 American Society of Hematology (ASH) Annual Meeting & Exposition, Cynthia E. Dunbar, MD, ASH Secretary and Chief of the Translational Stem Cell Biology Branch, Intramural Research Program of the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, offered her thoughts on...

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