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Howard A. Burris III, MD, FACP, FASCO, on Highlights of the ASCO20 Virtual Scientific Program

Howard A. Burris III, MD, FACP, FASCO, talks about some of the reports of research developments he is looking forward to and how future conferences could incorporate virtual presentations.

breast cancer

Carfilzomib vs Bortezomib in Addition to Lenalidomide/Dexamethasone in Newly Diagnosed Multiple Myeloma

The combination of carfilzomib, lenalidomide, and dexamethasone (KRd) did not show superior efficacy in patients with newly diagnosed myeloma absent a high-risk disease prognosis, compared with the standard of care: bortezomib, lenalidomide, and dexamethasone (VRd). Data from a planned interim...

breast cancer

Early Local Therapy Did Not Extend Survival in Patients With Newly Diagnosed Metastatic Breast Cancer

Women who present at diagnosis with advanced breast have faced an unanswered question: will local therapy, consisting of surgery and radiation to the tumor in the breast, prolong survival compared to the traditional treatment of systemic treatment alone? Now, data from the randomized phase III...

leukemia

Ivosidenib Plus Venetoclax With or Without Azacitidine for IDH1-Mutated AML

Combination therapy with the isocitrate dehydrogenase 1 (IDH1) inhibitor ivosenidib plus the BCL2 inhibitor venetoclax with or without the chemotherapeutic agent azacitidine showed activity in patients with IDH1-mutated acute myeloid leukemia (AML) in a phase Ib/II trial. The results of the...

lung cancer
immunotherapy

Durvalumab Added to Standard Chemotherapy Improved Overall Survival in Patients With Malignant Pleural Mesothelioma

Data from clinical efficacy and biomarker analyses conducted for the single-arm phase II PrE0505 study of the initial treatment of patients with malignant pleural mesothelioma were presented by Patrick Forde, MB, BCh, and colleagues during the Lung Cancer Oral Abstract Session at the ASCO20 Virtual ...

prostate cancer

David R. Wise, MD, PhD, on Novel Biomarkers in Prostate Cancer: Is Tissue the Issue?

David R. Wise, MD, PhD, of New York University Perlmutter Cancer Center, summarizes three important studies in prostate cancer: circulating tumor cell count as a prognostic marker of PSA response and progression in metastatic castration-sensitive disease; new phenotypic subtypes; and how...

prostate cancer

Michael S. Hofman, MBBS, on Prostate Cancer: LuPSMA vs Cabazitaxel in Metastatic Castration-Resistant Disease

Michael S. Hofman, MBBS, of the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre, discusses phase II results from the ANZUP 1603 trial, which showed that in men with docetaxel-treated metastatic castration-resistant prostate cancer, LuPSMA was more active than cabazitaxel, with relatively fewer grade 3 and 4 adverse...

immunotherapy

Richard L. Schilsky, MD, on This Year’s Practice-Changing Findings

Richard L. Schilsky, MD, Chief Medical Officer of ASCO, talks about some of the most important and practice-changing findings presented this year at the ASCO20 Virtual Scientific Program, including the use of targeted and immunotherapies in earlier lines of therapy, where they have made a...

kidney cancer

HIF2A Inhibitor for von Hippel-Lindau Disease–Associated Renal Cell Carcinoma

In an international trial, treatment with MK-6482, a small-molecule inhibitor of hypoxia-inducible factor (HIF)-2a, was well tolerated and resulted in clinical responses for patients with von Hippel-Lindau disease–associated renal cell carcinoma (RCC). The results of the phase II trial were shared ...

Geriatric Assessment–Driven Intervention Benefits Older Adults With Cancer

Geriatric assessment–driven interventions—such as physical therapy, nutritional recommendations, and social support, among others—can reduce toxicity due to chemotherapy in adults with cancer aged 65 years and older, according to results from a randomized clinical trial presented as part of ASCO20...

lung cancer

Tepotinib Shows Activity in Patients With NSCLC and MET Exon 14–Skipping Mutation

Patients with advanced non–small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) and a mutation that leads to mesenchymal-epithelial transition (MET) exon 14 skipping had a 46.5% objective response rate to the targeted therapy drug tepotinib, as shown in a study presented during the ASCO20 Virtual Scientific Program...

pancreatic cancer
prostate cancer

Data From TAPUR Study Cohorts on Olaparib for BRCA-Mutated Advanced Prostate and Pancreatic Cancers

Positive results from two cohorts of the Targeted Agent and Profiling Utilization Registry (TAPUR) study provide real-world evidence to support recent clinical trial data that demonstrate a role for olaparib in the treatment of advanced prostate and pancreatic cancers with BRCA1/2-inactivating...

colorectal cancer

Jeffrey A. Meyerhardt, MD, MPH, on Colon Cancer: Celecoxib and FOLFOX for Stage III Disease

Jeffrey A. Meyerhardt, MD, MPH, of Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, discusses results from the CALGB/SWOG 80702 trial of celecoxib plus standard adjuvant therapy with fluorouracil, leucovorin, and oxaliplatin (FOLFOX). Adding celecoxib to standard chemotherapy did not significantly improve...

breast cancer

Fatima Cardoso, MD, on Breast Cancer: MammaPrint as Guidance for Adjuvant Chemotherapy

Fatima Cardoso, MD, of Lisbon’s Champalimaud Cancer Center, discusses the long-term results of MINDACT, a large prospective trial showing the clinical utility of the 70-gene signature MammaPrint for adjuvant chemotherapy decision-making. The primary distant metastasis–free survival endpoint at 5...

Welcome to This Year’s Meeting: A Message From ASCO President Howard A. Burris III, MD, FACP, FASCO

Howard A. Burris III, MD, FACP, FASCO, President of ASCO, talks about what to expect from this year’s ASCO20 Virtual Scientific Program and its many offerings.

David C. Fajgenbaum, MD, MBA, on Chasing His Cure: A Physician Is Battling His Disease and Beating the Odds

David C. Fajgenbaum, MD, MBA, of the University of Pennsylvania, who trained as an oncologist, summarizes his opening lecture, a dramatic story of his battle against Castleman, a disease of the lymph nodes, his multiple near-death experiences, and the path that led him to develop a cooperative...

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...

lung cancer
immunotherapy

FDA Approves First-Line Ramucirumab Plus Erlotinib for Metastatic EGFR-Mutated NSCLC

On May 29, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved ramucirumab (Cyramza, injection, 10 mg/mL solution) in combination with erlotinib for the first-line treatment of patients with metastatic non–small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) with epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) exon 19...

hepatobiliary cancer
immunotherapy

FDA Approves Atezolizumab Plus Bevacizumab for Patients With Unresectable or Metastatic HCC

On May 29, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved atezolizumab (Tecentriq) in combination with bevacizumab (Avastin) for the treatment of people with unresectable or metastatic hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) who have not received prior systemic therapy. The review of this application...

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...

symptom management

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...

lung cancer
immunotherapy

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...

breast cancer

Tucatinib Combination in Previously Treated HER2-Positive Metastatic Breast Cancer With Brain Metastases

In an analysis of the pivotal phase III HER2CLIMB trial to be reported at the ASCO20 Virtual Scientific Program, Nancy U. Lin, MD, and colleagues found that tucatinib, a small-molecule tyrosine kinase inhibitor that is highly selective for HER2, plus trastuzumab/capecitabine significantly improved...

gynecologic cancers
immunotherapy

TROPHIMMUN Trial Finds Avelumab Effective in Rare Gynecologic Tumor Resistant to Chemotherapy

The first trial of immunotherapy for gestational trophoblastic tumors proved effective in almost 50% of patients resistant to single-agent chemotherapy, French investigators reported in an abstract presented during the ASCO20 Virtual Scientific Program.1 The results of the phase II TROPHIMMUN trial ...

covid-19

Patients With Cancer—Especially Progressive Disease—Infected With COVID-19 May Have an Increased Risk of Death

A large cohort study by the COVID-19 and Cancer Consortium evaluating the impact of COVID-19 on patients with cancer has found that all-cause 30-day mortality and severe illness were significantly higher in this population than previously reported in the general population. Mortality and severe...

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...

lung cancer
covid-19

Study Finds Patients With Lung Cancer Infected With COVID-19 Are at High Risk for Hospitalization

Data from the global TERAVOLT Consortium, which is investigating the impact of COVID-19 infection on patients with thoracic cancers, have found that these patients are at high risk for hospitalization and death. Prior use of chemotherapy was associated with an increased risk of mortality, as was...

lung cancer

Expert Point of View: Lecia V. Sequist, MD

Lecia V. Sequist, MD, who was not involved in the ADAURA study, said this would be a practice-changing study. Dr. Sequist is the Landry Family Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School and Director of the Center for Innovation in Early Cancer Detection at Massachusetts General Hospital....

lung cancer

Adjuvant Osimertinib ‘Exceeds Expectations’ in Early-Stage EGFR-Positive NSCLC

Adjuvant osimertinib significantly improved disease-free survival compared with placebo in patients with stage IB to IIIA ­EGFR-mutated non–small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) who underwent complete resection of primary tumor and received chemotherapy if indicated. These results from the first interim...

lymphoma

Lymphoma: Many Questions, Too Few Answers

The successful treatment of malignant lymphoma has been one of the great achievements in medical oncology, but certainly more work is needed to define key biologic targets as well as molecular markers for a more accurate definition of prognosis following therapy. In day-to-day practice, unanswered...

ASCO as a Public Organization: No Longer Hiding Our Lamp Under a Basket

Like many professional organizations in the public sphere, ASCO regularly confronts policy issues. Because we are a large organization, and because we represent many constituencies, we are frequently called upon to offer our advice to the federal government. Our members must sometimes wonder where...

Introducing The ASCO Post

Over the years I have become increasingly proud of the American Society of Clinical Oncology. I believe that ASCO is unique among specialty societies—at least in the various disciplines of oncology and hematology. Our Society is amazingly democratic (ie, with an independent nominating process and...

Why The ASCO Post?

It has been 5 years since ASCO has been part of a new publication, the last being the Journal of Oncology Practice (JOP). As the ASCO Board and leadership evaluated the publication mix we recognized there was a gap that needed to be filled. The Journal of Clinical Oncology (JCO), now 25 years old, ...

bladder cancer
immunotherapy

Christopher Sweeney, MBBS, and Thomas Powles, MD, PhD, on Urothelial Cancer: The JAVELIN Bladder 100 Study on Avelumab vs Best Supportive Care

Christopher Sweeney, MBBS, of Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, talks with Thomas Powles, MD, PhD, of Queen Mary University of London, about the first study to demonstrate a survival advantage with avelumab for metastatic urothelial cancer. In the trial, avelumab improved median overall survival by...

colorectal cancer
immunotherapy

Expert Point of View: Axel Grothey, MD

Sharing his perspective on KEYNOTE-177 with The ASCO Post was Axel Grothey, MD, Director of GI Cancer Research at the West Cancer Center, OneOncology, Memphis. “This is a very important, highly anticipated study,” he said. “It’s the first randomized trial of any checkpoint inhibitor in...

colorectal cancer
immunotherapy

Pembrolizumab Doubles Progression-Free Survival in MSI-H/dMMR Metastatic Colorectal Cancer

For the first time, upfront treatment with immunotherapy has improved—in fact, doubled—median progression-free survival in a subset of patients with metastatic colorectal cancer. The findings are from the interim analysis of the randomized open-label phase III KEYNOTE-177 trial comparing the...

bladder cancer
immunotherapy

Expert Point of View: Jonathan E. Rosenberg, MD

“These data are solid, showing a 7-month improvement in overall survival in patients with stable disease or better after first-line chemotherapy. This is roughly a 50% improvement in survival, which is clinically meaningful. Also, progression-free survival was significantly increased with...

bladder cancer
immunotherapy

Maintenance Avelumab Improves Survival in Advanced Bladder Cancer

Maintenance therapy with avelu­mab and best supportive care significantly prolonged overall survival vs best supportive care alone in patients with advanced urothelial carcinoma that did not progress on first-line platinum-based chemotherapy, according to an interim analysis of the phase III...

hematologic malignancies

Sources for Better GVHD-Free Relapse-Free Survival After Adult Alternative Donor HCT

In a retrospective study of registry data reported in the Journal of Clinical Oncology, Mehta et al identified alternative donor sources for hematopoietic cell transplantation (HCT) that were associated with better graft-vs-host disease (GVHD)-free (GRFS) and chronic GVHD–free (CRFS) relapse-free...

symptom management

Use of Symptom Assessment Scale vs Routine Management in Patients With Cancer Receiving Radiotherapy

In a single-institution study reported in JCO Oncology Practice, Goyal et al found that use of the Edmonton Symptom Assessment Scale (ESAS) self-assessment tool during weekly on-treatment physician visits was associated with reduced symptom severity vs routine symptom management in patients...

breast cancer
immunotherapy

ESMO Breast 2020: Novel Biomarkers May Predict Immunotherapy Benefit in Metastatic Breast Cancer

Two novel biomarkers have been found to correlate with improved outcomes with immunotherapy in metastatic breast cancer and may help to identify the patients most likely to benefit from this treatment, according to exploratory studies reported at the European Society for Medical Oncology (ESMO)...

breast cancer
supportive care

ESMO Breast 2020: Study Finds Physical Activity, Supportive Care to Relieve Cancer-Related Fatigue May Be Underutilized by Breast Cancer Survivors

Cancer-related fatigue is a prevalent and potentially persistent issue among breast cancer survivors. A study presented by Di Meglio et al at the ESMO Breast Cancer Virtual Meeting 2020 (Abstract 183O) has now shown that existing recommendations and proven strategies for reducing fatigue—which can...

breast cancer

ESMO Breast 2020: Ipatasertib/Paclitaxel vs Paclitaxel Alone in Advanced Triple-Negative Breast Cancer

Final analysis of the LOTUS trial has shown numerically longer overall survival with ipatasertib plus paclitaxel vs placebo plus paclitaxel in patients with inoperable locally advanced/metastatic triple-negative breast cancer. In all biomarker-defined subgroups (PTEN normal or low, PIK3CA/AKT1/PTEN ...

breast cancer
immunotherapy

ESMO Breast 2020: Patient Preference for Subcutaneous vs Intravenous Pertuzumab/Trastuzumab for HER2-Positive Early Breast Cancer

At the European Society for Medical Oncology (ESMO) Breast Cancer Virtual Meeting 2020, Joyce O’Shaughnessy, MD, of Baylor University Medical Center, reported results from an interim analysis of the PHranceSCa study (Abstract 80O). The study investigators found that over 80% of patients preferred...

breast cancer

ASBrS 2020: Analysis of Women Younger Than 40 With Breast Cancer

Patients with breast cancer younger than 40 generally present with a characteristic profile—later-stage disease and more aggressive tumors with poorer prognosis—according to findings from a new study analyzing one of the largest patient data sets compiled to investigate age-related breast cancer...

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...

breast cancer

ASBrS 2020: Cosmetic Outcomes With Lumpectomy for Multiple Ipsilateral Breast Cancer

The majority of women with multiple tumors in a single breast reported good or excellent satisfaction with the cosmetic results of lumpectomy, despite loss of significant breast volume and often multiple incisions. These findings are from an ongoing multicenter prospective trial examining the...

lung cancer
immunotherapy

FDA Approves Nivolumab/Ipilimumab Plus Chemotherapy for First-Line Treatment of Metastatic or Recurrent NSCLC

On May 26, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved the combination of nivolumab (Opdivo) plus ipilimumab (Yervoy) and two cycles of platinum-doublet chemotherapy as first-line treatment for patients with metastatic or recurrent non­–small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) with no epidermal...

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...

New Article Analyzes Impact of PBMs on Quality Cancer Care

Recently, an article and accompanying infographic published in JCO Oncology Practice examined the impact pharmacy benefit managers (PBMs) have on cancer care delivery. The article is part of ASCO’s State of Cancer Care in America series, which explores challenges and opportunities in today’s...

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