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Gastrointestinal Cancer
Immunotherapy
Gastroesophageal Cancer

DESTINY-Gastric02: Fam-Trastuzumab Deruxtecan-nxki Produces Responses in Patients With HER2-Positive Gastric Cancers

In the primary analysis of the phase II DESTINY-Gastric02 trial, fam-trastuzumab deruxtecan-nxki (T-DXd) produced clinically meaningful and durable responses in Western patients with advanced HER2-positive gastric or gastroesophageal junction cancers whose disease had progressed after a...

Gastroesophageal Cancer

Reduced-Intensity Chemotherapy for Older, Frail Patients With Advanced Gastroesophageal Cancer

Patients who had advanced gastroesophageal cancer but were considered unsuitable for full-dose chemotherapy because of their advanced age and/or frailty “had an improved patient experience with no significant detriment in cancer control” when treated with reduced-intensity chemotherapy in the phase ...

Immunotherapy
Gastroesophageal Cancer

Pembrolizumab Combined With Trastuzumab and Chemotherapy for HER2-Positive Gastric or Gastroesophageal Junction Adenocarcinoma

On May 5, 2021, pembrolizumab was granted accelerated approval for use in combination with trastuzumab and fluoropyrimidine- and platinum-containing chemotherapy for the first-line treatment of patients with locally advanced unresectable or metastatic HER2-positive gastric or gastroesophageal...

Gastroesophageal Cancer
Immunotherapy

Addition of Pembrolizumab to Chemotherapy for the First-Line Treatment of Advanced Esophageal Cancer: KEYNOTE-590

As reported in The Lancet by Sun et al, the phase III KEYNOTE-590 trial showed that the addition of first-line pembrolizumab to chemotherapy resulted in improved overall and progression-free survival in patients with advanced esophageal and Siewert type 1 gastroesophageal junction (GEJ) cancers....

Gastroesophageal Cancer
Immunotherapy

Expert Point of View: Kei Muro, MD, PhD

The RATIONALE 302 trial1 was discussed by Kei Muro, MD, PhD, of Aichi Cancer Center Hospital in Nagoya, Japan, who found the results promising. However, Dr. Muro questioned the role of PD-1/L1 inhibitors as second-line therapy for advanced esophageal squamous cell carcinoma. RATIONALE 302 is the...

Gastroesophageal Cancer
Immunotherapy

RATIONALE 302: Tislelizumab Improves Overall Survival as Second-Line Treatment of Esophageal Cancer

In the phase III RATIONALE 302 trial, the novel anti–PD-1 antibody tislelizumab, being developed in China, improved overall survival vs chemotherapy as second-line therapy for esophageal squamous cell carcinoma, according to Jaffer Ajani, MD, of The University of Houston MD Anderson Cancer Center,...

Gastroesophageal Cancer

S-1 Chemoradiation vs Radiotherapy Alone in Patients Aged 70 to 85 With Esophageal Cancer

In a Chinese phase III trial reported in JAMA Oncology, Ji et al found that concurrent chemoradiation with S-1 was associated with improved overall survival and acceptable toxicity vs radiotherapy alone in older patients with esophageal cancer.   As stated by the investigators, “Most older patients ...

Gastrointestinal Cancer
Gastroesophageal Cancer

Perioperative or Postoperative Oxaliplatin/S-1 vs Postoperative Oxaliplatin/Capecitabine for Locally Advanced Gastric Cancer

In the Chinese phase III RESOLVE trial reported in The Lancet Oncology, Zhang et al found that perioperative S-1/oxaliplatin was superior to—and adjuvant S-1/oxaliplatin was noninferior to—adjuvant capecitabine/oxaliplatin in terms of disease-free survival in patients undergoing D2 gastrectomy for...

Solid Tumors
Gastroesophageal Cancer

Pembrolizumab Combined With Chemotherapy for Advanced Esophageal or Gastroesophageal Junction Carcinoma

On March 22, 2021, pembrolizumab was approved for use in combination with platinum- and fluoropyrimidine-based chemotherapy for patients with metastatic or locally advanced esophageal or gastroesophageal junction (tumors with epicenter 1 to 5 cm above the gastroesophageal junction) carcinoma who...

Gastroesophageal Cancer
Gastrointestinal Cancer

International Esodata Study Group Model for Predicting 90-Day Mortality After Esophagectomy

In a retrospective analysis reported by researchers from the International Esodata Study Group (IESG) in JAMA Surgery, D’Journo et al developed a model for predicting risk of 90-day mortality following esophagectomy for patients with esophageal or gastroesophageal junction cancer. As stated by the...

Gastroesophageal Cancer

Effect of Radiotherapy Dose Escalation in Definitive Chemoradiation for Locally Advanced Esophageal Cancer

In a Dutch phase III trial (ARTDECO) reported in the Journal of Clinical Oncology, Hulshof et al found that increasing the dose of radiation therapy in a definitive chemoradiation regimen did not improve local progression-free survival in patients with inoperable, locally advanced esophageal...

Gastroesophageal Cancer
Gastrointestinal Cancer
Immunotherapy

Addition of First-Line Nivolumab to Chemotherapy in Advanced Gastric Cancers: CheckMate 649

As reported in The Lancet by Yelena Y. Janjigian, MD, and colleagues, the phase III CheckMate 649 trial has shown that the addition of first-line nivolumab to chemotherapy resulted in improved overall and progression-free survival among patients with advanced HER2-negative gastric, gastroesophageal ...

Gastroesophageal Cancer

PET Response–Adapted Chemoradiotherapy for Esophageal and Esophagogastric Junction Adenocarcinoma

As reported in the Journal of Clinical Oncology by Karyn A. Goodman, MD, and colleagues, mature results of the phase II CALGB 80803/Alliance trial indicated that treatment guided by early positron-emission tomography (PET) assessment of response to induction neoadjuvant chemotherapy improved...

Gastroesophageal Cancer

Disease-Free Survival Benefit With Adjuvant Immunotherapy in Resectable Esophageal Cancer: Practice-Changing for All Patients?

The CheckMate 577 trial—reported in The New England Journal of Medicine by Kelly et al1 and reviewed in this issue of The ASCO Post—is the first global randomized controlled trial for patients with resectable esophageal cancer that showed a significant disease-free survival benefit for adjuvant...

Gastroesophageal Cancer

Adjuvant Nivolumab Improves Disease-Free Survival vs Placebo in Resected Esophageal or Gastroesophageal Junction Cancer After Neoadjuvant Chemoradiotherapy

As reported in The New England Journal of Medicine by Ronan J. Kelly, MB BCh, MBA, of The Charles A. -Sammons Cancer Center at Baylor University Medical Center, and colleagues, an interim analysis of the phase III CheckMate 577 trial has shown a significant improvement in disease-free survival...

Gastroesophageal Cancer
Immunotherapy

Nivolumab Plus Chemotherapy and Nivolumab Plus Ipilimumab as First-Line Treatment for Patients With Advanced Esophageal Cancer

The first results from the phase III CheckMate 648 study represent significant progress in the treatment of patients with advanced esophageal squamous cell carcinoma. The trial evaluated first-line treatment with nivolumab plus chemotherapy or nivolumab plus ipilimumab in patients with advanced...

gastroesophageal cancer
immunotherapy

Ian Chau, MD, on Esophageal Squamous Cell Carcinoma: Nivolumab, Ipilimumab, and Chemotherapy for Advanced Disease

Ian Chau, MD, of Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust, discusses first results of the CheckMate 648 study, which showed that nivolumab plus chemotherapy and nivolumab plus ipilimumab both demonstrated superior overall survival vs chemotherapy alone in patients with advanced esophageal squamous cell carcinoma. These regimens may represent potential new first-line treatment options (Abstract 4001).

Gastroesophageal Cancer
Geriatric Oncology

Reduced-Intensity Oxaliplatin/Capecitabine for Older and Frail Patients With Advanced Gastroesophageal Cancer

In the phase III GO2 trial reported in JAMA Oncology, Hall et al found that reduced-intensity oxaliplatin/capecitabine was associated with improved patient experience, reduced toxicity, and noninferior progression-free survival compared with higher-intensity treatment among older and frail patients ...

Gastroesophageal Cancer
Immunotherapy

FDA Approves Nivolumab for Resected Esophageal or Gastroesophageal Junction Cancer

On May 20, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved nivolumab (Opdivo) for patients with completely resected esophageal or gastroesophageal junction cancer with residual pathologic disease who have received neoadjuvant chemoradiotherapy. CheckMate 577 Efficacy was evaluated in CheckMate ...

Gastroesophageal Cancer

FDA Approves Nivolumab in Combination With Chemotherapy for Metastatic Gastric Cancer and Esophageal Adenocarcinoma

On April 16, 2021, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved nivolumab (Opdivo) in combination with fluoropyrimidine- and platinum-containing chemotherapy for advanced or metastatic gastric cancer, gastroesophageal junction cancer, and esophageal adenocarcinoma. CheckMate 649 The...

Gastroesophageal Cancer
Gastrointestinal Cancer
Immunotherapy

FDA Grants Accelerated Approval to Pembrolizumab Combination for HER2-Positive Gastric Cancer

On May 5, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) granted accelerated approval to pembrolizumab (Keytruda) in combination with trastuzumab plus fluoropyrimidine- and platinum-containing chemotherapy for the first-line treatment of patients with locally advanced unresectable or metastatic...

Gastroesophageal Cancer

Ten-Year Outcomes With Neoadjuvant Chemoradiotherapy Plus Surgery vs Surgery Alone for Esophageal Cancer

As reported in the Journal of Clinical Oncology by Eyck et al, 10-year follow-up of the Dutch CROSS trial has shown a continued overall survival benefit with neoadjuvant chemoradiotherapy plus surgery vs surgery alone in patients with locally advanced resectable esophageal or gastroesophageal...

Gastrointestinal Cancer
Gastroesophageal Cancer
Hepatobiliary Cancer
Immunotherapy

More From the FDA ODAC: Votes on Agents for Pretreated Hepatocellular Carcinoma and Gastric Cancer

More news has emerged from this week’s meeting of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Oncologic Drugs Advisory Committee (ODAC). The group voted 8 to 0 in favor of continuing the accelerated approval for pembrolizumab in sorafenib-pretreated patients with hepatocellular carcinoma; 6 to 2...

Gastroesophageal Cancer
Gastrointestinal Cancer
Immunotherapy

FDA Pipeline: Bemarituzumab Granted Breakthrough Therapy Designation for FGFR2b-Overexpressing, HER2-Negative Gastric Cancer

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) granted Breakthrough Therapy designation to bemarituzumab as first-line treatment for patients with fibroblast growth factor receptor 2b (FGFR2b)-overexpressing and HER2-negative metastatic and locally advanced gastric and gastroesophageal adenocarcinoma...

Gastroesophageal Cancer
Gastrointestinal Cancer
Immunotherapy

FDA Approves Nivolumab in Combination With Chemotherapy for Metastatic Gastric Cancer and Esophageal Adenocarcinoma

Today, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved nivolumab (Opdivo) in combination with fluoropyrimidine- and platinum-containing chemotherapy for advanced or metastatic gastric cancer, gastroesophageal junction cancer, and esophageal adenocarcinoma. CheckMate 649 The efficacy of the...

Gastroesophageal Cancer
Gastrointestinal Cancer
Immunotherapy

Adjuvant Nivolumab for Resected Esophageal or Gastroesophageal Junction Cancer After Neoadjuvant Chemoradiotherapy: CheckMate 577

As reported in The New England Journal of Medicine by Ronan J. Kelly, MBBCh, MBA, and colleagues, an interim analysis of the phase III CheckMate 577 trial has shown a significant improvement in disease-free survival with adjuvant nivolumab vs placebo in patients with resected esophageal or...

Gastroesophageal Cancer
Gastrointestinal Cancer
Immunotherapy

Pembrolizumab in Microsatellite Instability–High Advanced Gastric or Gastroesophageal Junction Cancer

In an analysis reported in JAMA Oncology, Joseph Chao, MD, and colleagues found improved outcomes with pembrolizumab treatment in patients with microsatellite instability–high (MSI-H) advanced gastric or gastroesophageal junction cancer, irrespective of line of treatment. The findings suggest that...

Gastroesophageal Cancer
Genomics/Genetics

Gene Sequencing, Esophageal Brushings May Identify Patients With Barrett’s Esophagus at Risk for Cancer Progression

A combination of esophageal brushing and extensive genetic sequencing of the sample collected may detect chromosome alterations in people with Barrett’s esophagus, identifying patients at risk for progressing to esophageal cancer. These findings were published by Douville et al in ...

gastroesophageal cancer
gastrointestinal cancer
immunotherapy

Mary F. Mulcahy, MD, and Crystal S. Denlinger, MD, on NCCN Guidelines Updates: Gastric and Esophageal Cancers

Crystal S. Denlinger, MD, of Fox Chase Cancer Center, and Mary F. Mulcahy, MD, of the Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center of Northwestern University, discuss biomarkers for determining treatment; immune checkpoint inhibitors; when to employ such treatments as platinum/fluoropyrimidine and fam-trastuzumab deruxtecan-nxki; and other second- or later-line therapies such as paclitaxel, ramucirumab, irinotecan-based regimens, and trifluridine/tipiracil.

Gastroesophageal Cancer

Locally Advanced Esophageal Cancer: Neoadjuvant Chemoradiotherapy vs Chemotherapy Followed by Minimally Invasive Esophagectomy

In an early analysis from a Chinese phase III trial reported in JAMA Surgery, Wang et al found similar safety and improved histopathologic outcome among patients undergoing minimally invasive esophagectomy for locally advanced esophageal squamous cell carcinoma following neoadjuvant...

Gastroesophageal Cancer
Gastrointestinal Cancer
Immunotherapy

Adjuvant Nivolumab in Resected Esophageal or Gastroesophageal Junction Cancer Following Neoadjuvant Chemoradiation Therapy

Adjuvant nivolumab is the first therapy to provide a statistically significant and clinically meaningful improvement in disease-free survival in patients with resected esophageal and gastroesophageal junction cancer, according to research presented by Guillaume Piessen, MD, PhD, and colleagues at...

Gastroesophageal Cancer
Gastrointestinal Cancer
Immunotherapy

Expert Point of View: Rutika Mehta, MD, MPH

The FIGHT study’s invited discussant, Rutika Mehta, MD, MPH, a gastrointestinal oncologist at Moffitt Cancer Center, Tampa, Florida, noted the emergence of new biomarkers and their targeted agents in HER2-negative gastric or gastroesophageal junction cancer. Two important ones are FGFR2b—now...

Gastroesophageal Cancer
Gastrointestinal Cancer
Immunotherapy

Targeting FGFR2b With Bemarituzumab Plus Chemotherapy in Gastric or Gastroesophageal Junction Cancer

Gastric cancer appears to have a new druggable 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 rate in...

Gastroesophageal Cancer
Immunotherapy

FDA Approves Pembrolizumab Combination for Advanced Esophageal or Gastroesophageal Junction Carcinoma

On March 22, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved pembrolizumab (Keytruda) in combination with platinum and fluoropyrimidine-based chemotherapy for patients with metastatic or locally advanced esophageal or gastroesophageal junction (tumors with epicenter 1–5 cm above the...

Gastroesophageal Cancer

Hybrid Minimally Invasive vs Open Esophagectomy for Esophageal Cancer: 5-Year Outcomes

In long-term follow-up of the French phase III MIRO trial reported in JAMA Surgery, Nuytens et al found no significant difference in 5-year overall or disease-free survival with hybrid minimally invasive esophagectomy vs open esophagectomy in patients with esophageal cancer. In the multicenter...

Colorectal Cancer
Gastroesophageal Cancer

Circulating Hybrid Cells May Help to Monitor Treatment Response in Patients With Rectal and Esophageal Cancers

An analysis of 58 peripheral blood specimens from patients with rectal and esophageal cancers demonstrated that circulating hybrid cells may be a novel, noninvasive biomarker with potential for monitoring treatment response and disease progression to help guide decisions for further therapy,...

Gastroesophageal Cancer
Gastrointestinal Cancer
Immunotherapy

Addition of Andecaliximab to mFOLFOX6 in First-Line Treatment of HER2-Negative Advanced Gastric Cancer

As reported in the Journal of Clinical Oncology by Manish A. Shah, MD, and colleagues, the phase III GAMMA-1 trial showed no improvement in overall survival with the addition of andecaliximab to modified oxaliplatin, leucovorin, and fluorouracil (mFOLFOX6) in the first-line treatment of...

Immunotherapy
Gastroesophageal Cancer
Gastrointestinal Cancer
Colorectal Cancer
Bladder Cancer
Skin Cancer
Sarcoma
Hepatobiliary Cancer

FDA Pipeline: Priority Reviews for Immunotherapies in Gastric Cancers, Anal Cancer

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently granted Priority Review to nivolumab as either adjuvant or first-line therapy in several types of gastric cancers, as well as to a novel PD-1 inhibitor for locally advanced or metastatic squamous cell carcinoma of the anal canal. The FDA also...

Supportive Care
Gastroesophageal Cancer

Early Integration of Nutritional and Psychological Interventions for Previously Untreated Patients With Metastatic Esophagogastric Cancer

In a Chinese single-institution phase III trial reported in the Journal of Clinical Oncology, Lu et al found that early interdisciplinary supportive care with a focus on nutrition and psychological status was associated with improved overall survival vs standard care in previously untreated...

Gastroesophageal Cancer

Are Some Oral Pathogens More Common in Patients With Esophageal Cancer?

In a new study published by Kawasaki et al in the journal Cancer, researchers reported that certain oral pathogens are more prevalent in patients with esophageal cancer, and pointed out this information may be used as a novel diagnostic tool. The oral cavity is a rich source of microbial diversity, ...

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 ...

gastroesophageal cancer
immunotherapy

Wasat Mansoor, MBChB, PhD, on Esophageal Cancer: Quality of Life With Pembrolizumab and Chemotherapy

Wasat Mansoor, MBChB, PhD, of The Christie NHS Foundation Trust, discusses phase III results from the KEYNOTE-590 trial, which showed no deterioration in health-related quality of life when pembrolizumab was added to chemotherapy in patients with metastatic and unresectable esophageal cancers (Abstract 168).

Gastroesophageal Cancer
Gastrointestinal Cancer
Immunotherapy

FDA Approves Fam-Trastuzumab Deruxtecan-nxki for Previously Treated Patients With HER2-Positive Gastric Cancers

On January 15, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved fam-trastuzumab deruxtecan-nxki (Enhertu) for adult patients with locally advanced or metastatic HER2-positive gastric or gastroesophageal junction adenocarcinoma who have received a prior trastuzumab-based regimen....

gastroesophageal cancer
gastrointestinal cancer
immunotherapy

Zev A. Wainberg, MD, on Gastric/Gastroesophageal Junction Adenocarcinoma: Bemarituzumab and FOLFOX

Zev A. Wainberg, MD, of UCLA Medical Center, discusses phase II results from the FIGHT study, which combined bemarituzumab with modified FOLFOX6 in first-line treatment of advanced gastric/gastroesophageal junction adenocarcinoma. This is reportedly the first randomized trial of any FGFR inhibitor, validating this target in gastric cancer (Abstract 160).

Gastroesophageal Cancer
Issues in Oncology

Study Finds Incidence of Young-Onset Esophageal Adenocarcinoma Is Rapidly Increasing

A new study published by Codipilly et al in Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention investigated the trends in incidence, stage at presentation, and survival outcomes of young-onset esophageal adenocarcinoma—defined as patients aged 50 and younger at diagnosis—over the past 4 decades....

Gastroesophageal Cancer
Gastrointestinal Cancer
Immunotherapy

Avelumab Maintenance vs Continued Chemotherapy After First-Line Induction for Advanced Gastric Cancer

As reported in the Journal of Clinical Oncology by Markus Moehler, MD, and colleagues, the phase III JAVELIN Gastric 100 trial showed no improvement in overall survival with avelumab maintenance vs continued chemotherapy after first-line induction in HER2-negative, unresectable, locally advanced or ...

Lung Cancer
Gastroesophageal Cancer
Gastrointestinal Cancer
Immunotherapy

FDA Pipeline: Priority Reviews in NSCLC, Gastric Cancer

Recently, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) granted Priority Review to a PD-1 inhibitor for the treatment of patients with locally advanced or metastatic non–small cell lung cancer (NSCLC), and also granted Priority Review to a HER2-directed antibody-drug conjugate for patients with...

Lung Cancer
Kidney Cancer
Leukemia
Solid Tumors
Gastroesophageal Cancer
Gastrointestinal Cancer
Pancreatic Cancer
Prostate Cancer
Genomics/Genetics
Immunotherapy

FDA Pipeline: Priority Reviews in EGFR-Mutant Lung Cancer, Advanced Renal Cell Carcinoma; Fast Track Designations in CLL and Solid Tumors

Recently, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) granted Priority Review to treatments for EGFR-mutant lung cancer and advanced renal cell carcinoma; granted Fast Track designation to agents in chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL) and locally advanced or metastatic solid tumors; and more....

Gastroesophageal Cancer
Immunotherapy

KEYNOTE-181 Trial: Second-Line Pembrolizumab vs Chemotherapy in Advanced Esophageal Cancer

As reported in the Journal of Clinical Oncology by Takashi Kojima, MD, and colleagues, the phase III KEYNOTE-181 trial has shown that second-line pembrolizumab improved overall survival vs investigator’s choice of chemotherapy in patients with advanced or metastatic esophageal cancer with a PD-L1...

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