Kidney Cancer

CheckMate-214: Nivolumab and Ipilimumab in Intermediate- and Poor-Risk Previously Untreated Advanced or Metastatic RCC

ON AUGUST 15, Bristol-Myers Squibb Company announced topline results from the CheckMate-214 trial investigating nivolumab (Opdivo) in combination with ipilimumab (Yervoy) vs sunitinib (Sutent) in intermediate- and poor-risk patients with previously untreated advanced or metastatic renal cell carcinoma.

Breast Cancer

A New Triumvirate in Estrogen Receptor–Positive Metastatic Breast Cancer

THE BODY OF EVIDENCE supporting the use of cell-cycle inhibitors in combination with endocrine therapy for estrogen receptor–positive metastatic breast cancer now has another agent in the spotlight. The phase III MONARCH 2 trial—reported at the 2017 ASCO Annual Meeting and by Sledge et al in the Journal of Clinical Oncology1—showed that adding abemaciclib, a cyclin-dependent kinase (CDK) 4/6 inhibitor, to fulvestrant (Faslodex) resulted in an improved progression-free survival in patients whose disease had progressed on prior endocrine therapies. Undoubtedly, patients will benefit by this third addition to the arsenal of therapies in estrogen receptor–positive metastatic breast cancer, but this also unveils new clinical and translational questions into how we best choose and sequence these agents. 

Thyroid Cancer

Are Thyroid Cancer Incidence and Mortality Rates Truly Increasing in the United States?

THYROID CANCER diagnoses are increasing at a rate faster than any other malignancy in the United States. In 2017, there will be 56,870 new cases, accounting for 3.4% of all cancers, and 2,010 people will die of thyroid cancer.1 This represents a more than 200% increase in incidence since the 1970s.


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Gynecologic Cancers

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CheckMate-214: Nivolumab and Ipilimumab in Intermediate- and Poor-Risk Previously Untreated Advanced or Metastatic RCC

On August 15, Bristol-Myers Squibb Company announced topline results from the CheckMate-214 trial investigating nivolumab (Opdivo) in combination with ipilimumab (Yervoy) vs sunitinib (Sutent) in intermediate- and poor-risk patients with previously untreated advanced or metastatic renal cell...

Bruce E. Johnson, MD, and Julie Vose, MD, MBA: A Conversation With ASCO’s 2017–2018 President

Julian Schink, MD, Named Chief of Gynecologic Oncology at Cancer Treatment Centers of America

Cancer Treatment Centers of America (CTCA) has named Julian Schink, MD, as Chief of Gynecologic Oncology. He will also serve as Medical Director of Gynecologic Oncology and Medical Oncology at CTCA at the Midwestern Regional Medical Center in Zion, Illinois. A nationally renowned,...

Spotlight on Women Who Conquer Cancer

Women Who Conquer Cancer is a group dedicated to advancing cancer research by supporting young women researchers early in their careers through Conquer Cancer Foundation of ASCO Young Investigator Awards (YIAs). These 1-year grants give promising researchers the boost they need to get started on...

Crizotinib in Pediatric ALK-Positive Anaplastic Large Cell Lymphoma and Inflammatory Myofibroblastic Tumors

In a Children’s Oncology Group study, high response rates were achieved with crizotinib (Xalkori) treatment in pediatric ALK-positive anaplastic large cell lymphomas (ALCL) and inflammatory myofibroblastic tumors. These results were reported by Mossé et al in the Journal of Clinical...

Breast Cancer

Jame Abraham, MD, on Breast Cancer: Expert Perspective on the MONARCH 2 Trial

Breast Cancer

One Size May Not Fit All: Thoughts on the New Adjuvant Bisphosphonate Guideline for Early-Stage Breast Cancer

The oncology community has now conducted several prospectively designed, hypothesis-driven randomized clinical trials among women with breast cancer to address this question: Do adjuvant bisphosphonates decrease the risk of breast cancer bone metastases and other recurrence? A meta-analysis1 by ...

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Off-the-Shelf, Virus-Specific T Cells for Treating Viral Infections After Transplantation

In a phase II study reported in the Journal of Clinical Oncology, Tzannou et al found that use of off-the-shelf, broad-coverage, adoptively transferred, virus-specific T cells was feasible and effective in treating viral infections in patients who had undergone allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell...