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Immunotherapy
Lung Cancer

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 etoposide/platinum significantly prolonged progression-free survival and prolonged overall survival at a near significant level vs placebo plus etoposide/platinum in patients with extensive-stage small cell lung cancer (SCLC). The findings were simultaneously published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology.

 

Issues in Oncology

Intensive Remote Monitoring of High-Risk Patients Initiating Antineoplastic Treatment

As reported at the ASCO20 Virtual Scientific Program by Robert Michael Daly, MD, MBA, and colleagues (Abstract 2027), use of a pilot program of intensive remote monitoring of high-risk outpatients receiving antineoplastic treatment has shown considerable promise in the ability to improve patient care and decrease use of hospital resources by promptly alerting practitioners to symptoms that require management and avoiding acute-care hospital visits. The study was simultaneously published in JCO Oncology Practice.

 

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 today's Head and Neck Cancer Oral Abstract Session. The trial, conducted in patients undergoing transoral robotic surgery, tested reduced postoperative radiation therapy in patients with human papillomavirus (HPV)-associated oropharyngeal squamous cell carcinoma at intermediate risk for recurrence.

 


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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), researchers assessed disease-free and disease-specific survival to determine whether sentinel lymph node biopsy alone was a valid standard of care, or if bilateral pelvic lymphadenectomy—the current “gold standard” for lymph node staging in cervical cancer—was needed for these patients.

 

COVID-19

ASCO Coronavirus Resources

As the coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to spread, ASCO is committed to providing the most current information and resources to its members and the larger oncology...

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Solid Tumors
Immunotherapy

Ryan J. Sullivan, MD, on Advanced Solid Tumors: Antitumor Activity With COM701 Plus Nivolumab

Genomics/Genetics
Issues in Oncology

Precision Medicine on a Large Scale 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 registry is a large prospective, noninterventional, multicenter study collecting clinical and...

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Impact of Genes on Total Number and Type of Nevi

A study by Duffy et al in the Journal of Investigative Dermatology reported on specific gene variations affecting the number and types of moles on the body and their role in causing skin cancer.  “The goal was to investigate the genetic underpinnings of different mole classes, or...

Skin Cancer
Immunotherapy

Grant A. McArthur, MBBS, PhD, on Melanoma: IMspire150 Trial of Atezolizumab, Cobimetinib, and Vemurafenib

Breast Cancer
Issues in Oncology

ASBrS 2020: Phone Outreach and Scheduling Assistance Boost Mammography Uptake at an Urban Safety-Net Hospital

Telephone outreach coupled with scheduling assistance significantly increased screening mammography setup and follow-through in a population characterized by low rates of screening mammography and high rates of advanced breast cancer at diagnosis. These are findings from a new study conducted by...

Lung Cancer

FDA Approves Brigatinib for ALK-Positive Metastatic NSCLC

On May 22, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved brigatinib (Alunbrig) for adult patients with anaplastic lymphoma kinase (ALK)-positive metastatic non–small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) as detected by an FDA-approved test. The FDA also approved the Vysis ALK Break Apart FISH Probe Kit...

Gemcitabine/Eribulin in Cisplatin-Ineligible Metastatic Urothelial Carcinoma

In the final analysis from a phase II California Cancer Consortium trial (NCI-9653) reported in the Journal of Clinical Oncology, Sadeghi et al found the combination of gemcitabine and eribulin showed activity in cisplatin-ineligible patients with metastatic urothelial carcinoma. Study Details...

Multiple Myeloma
COVID-19

Saad Z. Usmani, MD: In My Experience Question 2

COVID-19

ASTRO Survey Finds Fewer Patients Visiting Radiation Oncology Clinics, Despite Enhanced COVID-19 Safety Measures

Despite facing challenges such as limited access to personal protective equipment (PPE) following the COVID-19 outbreak, radiation oncology clinics quickly implemented safety and process enhancements that allowed them to continue caring for patients, according to a new national survey conducted by...

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Deintensified Chemoradiotherapy for HPV-Associated Oropharyngeal Squamous Cell Carcinoma

In a phase II trial reported in the Journal of Clinical Oncology, Chera et al found that deintensified chemoradiotherapy produced favorable outcomes in human papillomavirus (HPV)-associated oropharyngeal squamous cell carcinoma. Study Details In the multicenter trial, 114 patients were recruited...