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bladder cancer
immunotherapy

Metastatic Urothelial Cancer: A Conversation on State-of-the-Art Treatment Before the ASCO20 Virtual Scientific Program

As Thomas Powles, MD, PhD, of Queen Mary University of London, prepares to deliver his late-breaking presentation at the ASCO20 Virtual Scientific Program (LBA-1), he talks with Christopher Sweeney, MBBS, of Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, about current therapy: PD1/PDL1 inhibition in second-line...

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...

gynecologic cancers

Prevalence of Endosalpingiosis and Association With Ovarian Cancer

Over the last decade, researchers have become concerned about a possible link between a benign gynecologic lesion called endosalpingiosis and ovarian cancer. However, using a diagnostic method typically reserved for specimens suspected of being cancerous, a team has found the prevalence of...

issues in oncology

Exposure to Fine Particulate Matter May Increase Mortality Among Pediatric and AYA Patients With Certain Cancers

An analysis of nearly 16,000 pediatric and adolescent/young adult (AYA) patients with cancer in Utah revealed that exposure to fine particulate matter was associated with increased mortality at 5 and 10 years after diagnosis of certain cancers, according to a study published by Ou et al in Cancer...

covid-19

Lessons Learned on Rotation at COVID-19 Inpatient Service at New York City Hospital

AS I WRITE TO YOU, I am happy to report I have just completed a 7-day rotation at the COVID-19 inpatient service at my hospital in New York City! Overall, it was a positive experience, despite the occasional sad and scary moments. I left the service feeling uplifted and fulfilled. I am glad to have ...

lung cancer
genomics/genetics

Germline Genetic Variants in ATM and Lung Cancer Susceptibility

An international consortium of researchers has identified a mutation involved in a person’s susceptibility to lung cancer. This variant could help identify certain populations at greater risk for lung cancer, according to results reported by Ji et al in Nature Communications. ATM Variant Their...

skin cancer

Antihistamines May Improve Survival Among Patients With Malignant Melanoma

In a research letter published by Fritz et al in the journal Allergy, researchers reported that the common allergy medications desloratadine and loratadine may be associated with improved survival in patients with malignant melanoma. “Previous studies have shown that the same antihistamines have...

covid-19

ASCO Special Report Provides Guidance to Oncology Practices on Resuming Cancer Care During the COVID-19 Pandemic

ASCO has released the ASCO Special Report: A Guide to Cancer Care Delivery During the COVID-19 Pandemic, which provides detailed guidance to oncology practices on the immediate and short-term steps that could be taken to help protect the safety of patients and health-care staff before resuming more ...

prostate cancer
covid-19

Do Men Treated With ADT for Prostate Cancer Have a Lower Risk of Acquiring COVID-19?

A study of 4,532 men in the Veneto region of Italy has found that those who were being treated for prostate cancer with androgen-deprivation therapies (ADT) were less likely to develop COVID-19, and if they were infected, their disease tended to be less severe. This research was published by...

prostate cancer

FDA Approves Olaparib for HRR Gene–Mutated Metastatic Castration-Resistant Prostate Cancer

On May 19, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved olaparib (Lynparza) for adult patients with deleterious or suspected deleterious germline or somatic homologous recombination repair (HRR) gene–mutated metastatic castration-resistant prostate cancer who have had disease progression...

bladder cancer

Low-Intensity Surveillance as an Option for Some Patients With Non–Muscle Invasive Bladder Cancer

Low-intensity cystoscopic surveillance may be a viable option for patients with high-risk, non–muscle invasive bladder cancer, according to data from a paper presented to the media during a special session moderated by the American Urological Association (AUA) on May 15. The research was also...

lung cancer
immunotherapy

FDA Approves Atezolizumab for the First-Line Treatment of Patients With Metastatic NSCLC and High PD-L1 Expression

On May 18, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved atezolizumab (Tecentriq) for the first-line treatment of adult patients with metastatic non–small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) whose tumors have high programmed cell death ligand 1 (PD-L1) expression (PD-L1 stained ≥ 50% of tumor cells or...

hepatobiliary cancer

Andrew X. Zhu, MD, PhD, on Hepatocellular Carcinoma: Atezolizumab Combined With Bevacizumab

Andrew X. Zhu, MD, PhD, of Massachusetts General Hospital, discusses an exploratory analysis seeking to identify tumor-based molecular biomarkers that may be associated with clinical response or resistance to the combination treatment of atezolizumab and bevacizumab in patients with advanced...

lung cancer
immunotherapy

Qi Liu, PhD, on NSCLC: Pneumonitis, Immunotherapy, and Chemotherapy

Qi Liu, PhD, of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, discusses data that suggest that patients with advanced non–small cell lung cancer who had a past medical history of pneumonitis were more likely to experience treatment-associated pneumonitis in response to immune checkpoint inhibitors or...

gastrointestinal cancer
lung cancer
leukemia
hepatobiliary cancer
kidney cancer
immunotherapy

FDA Pipeline: Two Breakthrough Therapy Designations for Fam-Trastuzumab Deruxtecan-nxki, and More

Over the past few weeks, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has granted Breakthrough Therapy designations for an antibody-drug conjugate in the treatment of gastric and lung cancers. The Agency has also issued Orphan Drug designations for agents being investigated in chronic myeloid...

prostate cancer

FDA Approves Rucaparib in BRCA-Mutated Metastatic Castration-Resistant Prostate Cancer

On May 15, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) granted accelerated approval to rucaparib (Rubraca) for patients with deleterious BRCA mutation (germline and/or somatic)-associated metastatic castration-resistant prostate cancer who have been treated with androgen receptor–directed therapy...

gastrointestinal cancer

FDA Approves Ripretinib for Previously Treated Patients With Advanced Gastrointestinal Stromal Tumor

On May 15, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved ripretinib (Qinlock) for the treatment of adult patients with advanced gastrointestinal stromal tumor (GIST) who have received prior treatment with three or more kinase inhibitors, including imatinib. INVICTUS Trial Efficacy was...

lung cancer
immunotherapy

FDA Approves Nivolumab/Ipilimumab for First-Line Treatment of Patients With Metastatic NSCLC and PD-L1 Tumor Expression ≥ 1%

On May 15, 2020, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved the combination of nivolumab (Opdivo) plus ipilimumab (Yervoy) as first-line treatment for patients with metastatic non–small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) whose tumors express programmed cell death ligand 1 (PD-L1)  at ≥ 1%, as...

kidney cancer
neuroendocrine tumors
issues in oncology
lung cancer
breast cancer

Selected Poster Presentations on Cancer Therapeutics and More

Although the live 2020 National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN) Annual Conference was canceled, more than 100 posters scheduled for presentation are now available online, as part of the NCCN 2020 Virtual Annual Conference. The ASCO Post has summarized some of the clinical trial updates we found ...

thyroid cancer

Study Finds a High Rate of Intra- and Postoperative Conversions to Total Thyroidectomy

The overall risk of needing a total thyroidectomy was found to be 19.4% for patients undergoing lobectomy for indeterminate and high-risk thyroid nodule, according to a report published by Moore et al in the World Journal of Surgery. The study also found that 21% and 26.5% of patients originally...

sarcoma

FDA Approves Pomalidomide for Kaposi Sarcoma

On May 14, 2020, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) expanded the indication of pomalidomide (Pomalyst) to include treating adult patients with acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS)-related Kaposi sarcoma after failure of highly active antiretroviral therapy and those with Kaposi...

covid-19

Mikkael A. Sekeres, MD, on Cancer Treatment in the Age of COVID-19: Personal Observations

Mikkael A. Sekeres, MD, of the Cleveland Clinic, talks about the ways in which social distancing and viral fears have affected the way he delivers treatment for his patients, as well as the effect on their psyches—and his. Recorded April 10, 2020.

breast cancer

Jennifer K. Litton, MD, on Breast Cancer: EMBRACA Trial on Talazoparib vs Chemotherapy

Jennifer K. Litton, MD, of The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, discusses study results of talazoparib vs chemotherapy in patients with BRCA1/2-mutated HER2-negative advanced breast cancer. In this final analysis, patient-reported outcomes continued to favor the PARP inhibitor, even...

covid-19

New Study Shows Patients With Cancer Had Lower Rates of Detected COVID-19 Antibodies vs Health-Care Workers

Results from an analysis involving both patients with cancer and health-care workers at Centre Léon Bérard in Lyon, France, showed that patients with cancer had a significantly lower detection rate of SARS-CoV-2 antibodies 15 days or more after COVID-19 symptoms and a positive reverse transcription ...

lung cancer
issues in oncology

Quitting Smoking at Any Point Improves Lung Cancer Survival, Study Finds

People who quit smoking at any time—even 2 years before a lung cancer diagnosis—improve their chances of survival after being diagnosed with the disease, according to the results of a large international study presented by Fares et al in a press briefing in advance of the ASCO20 Virtual Scientific...

lung cancer

Edward B. Garon, MD, on Metastatic NSCLC: GEOMETRY mono-1 Trial of Capmatinib

Edward B. Garon, MD, of the University of California, Los Angeles, David Geffen School of Medicine, discusses results from a small study in METex14-mutated advanced non–small cell lung cancer and brain metastases. The trial suggested capmatinib showed antitumor activity in the brain, regardless of...

lung cancer
immunotherapy

Edward B. Garon, MD, on NSCLC: Long-Term Use of Pemetrexed Plus Platinum With Pembrolizumab

Edward B. Garon, MD, of the University of California, Los Angeles David Geffen School of Medicine, discusses KEYNOTE-189 trial findings that showed adding pembrolizumab to pemetrexed plus platinum—which previously was found to improve overall and progression-free survival—is also safe and has...

solid tumors

Nickolas Papadopoulos, PhD, on Liquid Biopsy to Screen for Multiple Cancer Types

Nickolas Papadopoulos, PhD, of Johns Hopkins Medicine, discusses a first-of-its-kind prospective study that evaluated a screening blood test in more than 10,000 older women with no history of cancer. The test, called DETECT-A, identified 10 different cancer types, 65% of which were early-stage...

gynecologic cancers

Expert Point of View: Don S. Dizon, MD, FACP, FASCO

Commenting on the SOLO2 trial for The ASCO Post was Don S. Dizon, MD, FACP, FASCO, Director of Women’s Cancers at Lifespan Cancer Institute and Professor of Medicine at Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island. “It’s great to get an overall survival advantage from a PARP inhibitor study. Coming...

gynecologic cancers

Overall Survival Benefit Shown for Maintenance Olaparib in Ovarian Cancer

For the first time, overall survival has been improved with maintenance therapy involving a poly (ADP-ribose) polymerase (PARP) inhibitor in patients with platinum-sensitive recurrent ovarian cancer associated with BRCA1/2 mutations. In the final, preplanned, overall survival analysis in the...

covid-19

Cancer vs COVID-19: Clinical Trial Research During the Pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic transformed cancer care, seemingly overnight, as practices scrambled to ensure a safe environment for caregivers and patients. Although regulatory burdens have been relaxed to allow patients to continue on trial treatment and telemedicine has expanded its competency and reach, ...

lung cancer
covid-19

How the Lung Cancer Community Came Together During the COVID-19 Pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic (caused by infection with the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus) has created a host of diagnostic, treatment, and follow-up problems for patients with cancer of all types, and this is particularly true for patients with lung cancer, their families, and providers. Everyone wanted to...

lung cancer
immunotherapy

Byoung Chul Cho, MD, PhD, on NSCLC: Genetic Mutations and Immunotherapy vs Chemotherapy in KEYNOTE-042

Byoung Chul Cho, MD, PhD, of Yonsei Cancer Center and Severance Hospital, discusses the STK11 and KEAP1 mutations in non–small cell lung cancers, and their relationship to the efficacy of pembrolizumab monotherapy vs platinum-based chemotherapy as first-line treatment for PD-L1–positive advanced...

covid-19

Mikkael A. Sekeres, MD, on Cancer Treatment in the Age of COVID-19: Personal Observations

Mikkael A. Sekeres, MD, of the Cleveland Clinic, talks about the ways in which social distancing and viral fears have affected the way he delivers treatment for his patients, as well as the effect on their psyches—and his. Recorded April 10, 2020.

issues in oncology
colorectal cancer

Can a Culturally Tailored Education Program Improve Colorectal Cancer Awareness and Screening?

People who received information from the Screen to Save program, a culturally tailored initiative from the National Cancer Institute (NCI) Center to Reduce Cancer Health Disparities (CRCHD), increased their knowledge of colorectal cancer and indicated willingness to adopt potentially preventive...

covid-19

Half of Surveyed Cancer Researchers Report Their Work Is on Hold Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic

A survey of American Cancer Society grantees found that about half reported their cancer research has been halted as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. The American Cancer Society reached out to all of its funded researchers to assess the state of their projects and collect information to guide...

lung cancer
thyroid cancer
genomics/genetics

FDA Approves Selpercatinib for Lung and Thyroid Cancers With RET Mutations or Fusions

On May 8, 2020, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) granted accelerated approval to selpercatinib (Retevmo) for the following indications: Adult patients with metastatic RET fusion–positive non–small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) Adult and pediatric patients ≥ 12 years of age with advanced or...

covid-19

Ongoing Efforts Toward Vaccine Development for COVID-19

Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is spreading throughout the world, and vaccine developers have responded with unprecedented speed. Since the COVID-19 genome sequence was released in January, human trials of an experimental vaccine candidate have already begun in the Seattle area. Although the...

multiple myeloma
covid-19

I Have Multiple Myeloma and Am Concerned About the Coronavirus

In hindsight, the symptoms I began experiencing in the fall of 2013—sudden excruciating back bone pain and severe fatigue—should have tipped me off that I had a serious disease, but 7 years ago, they were easy to explain away. The bone pain was similar to what I had experienced several years...

covid-19
global cancer care

Global COVID-19 Observatory and Resource Center for Childhood Cancer

St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, in partnership with the International Society of Paediatric Oncology (SIOP), has launched the Global COVID-19 Observatory and Resource Center for Childhood Cancer. The website offers health-care providers around the world a space to share the latest...

Breast Surgeon Kristin L. Brill, MD, Joins Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center

Kristin L. Brill, MD, has joined the Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center–Jefferson Health (SKCC) in Philadelphia as Enterprise Director of Breast Oncology. Dr. Brill brings expertise in a comprehensive range of services for patients with malignant and benign diseases, including breast-conserving surgery,...

Larry Kwak, MD, PhD, Named AIMBE Fellow

City of Hope recently announced that Larry Kwak, MD, PhD, has been inducted into the 2020 Class of American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE) Fellows. Dr. Kwak is Vice President and Deputy Director of City of Hope’s Comprehensive Cancer Center. He has pioneered breakthrough...

Aria Vaishnavi, PhD, Receives NCI’s Pathway to Independence Award

Aria Vaishnavi, PhD, a postdoctoral fellow at the Huntsman Cancer Institute at the University of Utah, has received the first annual National Cancer Institute (NCI) Pathway to Independence Award for Outstanding Early Stage Postdoctoral Researchers (K99/R00). The “Early K99” grant supports...

Fox Chase Cancer Center Welcomes Andres F. Correa, MD

Fox Chase Cancer Center announced that Andres F. Correa, MD, has joined the Department of Surgery in the Urologic Oncology Division as Assistant Professor. Dr. Correa, w ho was a Society of Urologic Oncology Fellow at Fox Chase, is returning to the center after serving as Attending Surgeon and...

Parker Institute for Cancer Immunotherapy Appoints Frederic Pla, PhD, as Chief Operating Officer

The Parker Institute for Cancer Immunotherapy (PICI) recently announced the appointment of Frederic Pla, PhD, as its Chief Operating Officer (COO). Dr. Pla will lead day-to-day operations and work with the Institute’s leadership team to establish goals for performance, expansion, and sustainable...

Grace and Forgiveness

The ASCO Post is pleased to reproduce installments of the Art of Oncology as published previously in the Journal of Clinical Oncology. These articles focus on the experience of suffering from cancer or of caring for people diagnosed with cancer, and they include narratives, topical essays,...

issues in oncology

Understanding Patient-Reported Outcomes in Cancer Trials: A Beginner’s Guide

Patient-reported outcomes are measures used in clinical trials to capture aspects of a patient’s health condition, reported directly by the patient, without introduction of bias from third parties. They are distinct from the physical toxicities reported by clinicians1 and are collected using a...

issues in oncology

The Role of Adipose Tissue in Cancer Aggressiveness

Over the past decade, obesity has been linked to an increased risk and aggressiveness of numerous cancer types. Many biologic activities within adipose tissue change with obesity and may contribute to carcinogenesis and the initiation of cancer. To shed light on the current state of knowledge in...

hematologic malignancies
leukemia
lymphoma
multiple myeloma
myelodysplastic syndromes
immunotherapy

Highlights From ASH 2019 Included New Data in Leukemia, Lymphoma, Myeloma, and Myelodysplastic Syndromes

The 2019 American Society of Hematology (ASH) Annual Meeting & Exposition featured a cornucopia of sessions. It was impossible to attend all the lectures, symposia, oral presentations, poster presentations, and special events because many were concurrent. Below, we have selected some...

American Cancer Society Awards New Research, Training Grants

The American Cancer Society (ACS) has approved funding for 79 research and training grants, totaling $36,165,100 in the first of two grant cycles for 2020. Grant applications were reviewed and approved remotely in light of the coronavirus epidemic. The grants will fund investigators at 59...

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