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2019 Updates to NCCN Clinical Practice Guidelines in Genitourinary Oncology

The 24th Annual Conference of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network® (NCCN®) was held this past March in Orlando, Florida. Updates to a number of Clinical Practice Guidelines (NCCN Guidelines®) were reported, including three relevant to the field of genitourinary oncology: kidney cancer,...

Kidney Cancer
Prostate Cancer
Bladder Cancer

New Drugs and Novel Indications for Genitourinary Cancers, FDA Approved 2017–2019

May 14, 2019: Avelumab (Bavencio) plus axitinib (Inlyta) for the first-line treatment of patients with advanced renal cell carcinoma (RCC). April 19, 2019: Pembrolizumab (Keytruda) plus axitinib (Inlyta) for the first-line treatment of patients with advanced renal cell carcinoma (RCC). April 12,...

Kidney Cancer

Expert Point of View: Daniel George, MD

The CARMENA trial presented at the 2018 ASCO Annual Meeting, published simultaneously in The New England Journal of Medicine,1,2 and reported in this supplement to The ASCO Post, evaluated the role of nephrectomy in patients with metastatic renal cell carcinoma. Formal discussant of the trial,...

Kidney Cancer

Cytoreductive Nephrectomy in Patients With Metastatic RCC Treated With Sunitinib

In a trial with a modified primary endpoint due to slow accrual reported in JAMA Oncology,1 Axel Bex, MD, PhD, and colleagues found that deferred cytoreductive nephrectomy after sunitinib did not improve the 28-week progression-free rate vs immediate nephrectomy followed by sunitinib in patients...

Kidney Cancer

Retrospective Study Evaluates Cabozantinib in Advanced Non–Clear Cell Renal Cell Carcinoma

Cabozantinib, a kinase inhibitor, is approved in metastatic renal cell carcinoma on the basis of studies in clear cell histology. Its activity in non–clear cell renal cell carcinoma is poorly defined. In a retrospective cohort study, Nieves Martinez Chanzá, MD, and colleagues reported that...

Kidney Cancer

TIVO-3: Tivozanib vs Sorafenib in Refractory Advanced Renal Cell Carcinoma

The TIVO-3 trial was conducted to confirm progression-free survival results from the TIVO-1 trial, which found an improvement in median progression-free survival in patients with metastatic renal cell carcinoma treated with tivozanib vs sorafenib. Findings from TIVO-3 were presented by Rini et al...

Kidney Cancer

Early Tumor Shrinkage and Outcomes Following Cabozantinib or Everolimus

IN A RETROSPECTIVE analysis of median  overall survival from the phase III ­METEOR  trial,1 ­Ignacio Duran, MD, PhD, and colleagues sought to determine whether early tumor shrinkage following therapy with cabozantinib or everolimus could be an early indicator of prognosis for patients with...

Kidney Cancer
Immunotherapy

Front-Line Therapy in Advanced Renal Cell Carcinoma: Developing a New Standard

THE FRONT-LINE systemic treatment landscape for metastatic renal cell carcinoma has undergone tremendous movement over the past several years. A better understanding of the current management paradigm for therapy-naive patients warrants a reflection of historic landmark clinical trials that have...

Kidney Cancer
Immunotherapy

First-Line Therapy for Advanced Kidney Cancer: Combination Treatment vs Sunitinib

  TWO RECENTLY reported phase III trials have shown the benefits of combination therapy vs sunitinib in the first-line treatment of advanced renal cell carcinoma. As reported in The New England Journal of Medicine by Brian I. Rini, MD, of Cleveland Clinic Taussig Cancer Institute, and colleagues,...

Kidney Cancer
Immunotherapy

Expert Point of View: Tracy Rose, MD, MPH

THE FORMAL DISCUSSANT of the KEYNOTE-427 trial, Tracy Rose, MD, MPH, of the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, told listeners: “I think pembrolizumab should now be considered an option for non–clear cell kidney cancer. Response rates, however, remain inferior to those seen in clear cell...

Kidney Cancer
Immunotherapy

KEYNOTE-427: Pembrolizumab Shows Activity in Advanced Non–Clear Cell Kidney Cancer

IMMUNOTHERAPY WITH the checkpoint inhibitor pembrolizumab may prove to be an effective option for patients with advanced non–clear cell renal cell carcinoma, according to results in cohort B of the KEYNOTE-427 trial, presented at the 2019 Genitourinary Cancers Symposium.1 Kidney cancers with a...

Bladder Cancer
Kidney Cancer
Prostate Cancer

A Year in Review

The past year has seen groundbreaking advances in the treatment of genitourinary (GU) cancers, which in some cases are resulting in altering the standard of care for patients with renal cell carcinoma, prostate cancer, and urothelial carcinoma. Some of the biggest changes that have occurred are for ...

Kidney Cancer
Immunotherapy

Front-Line Therapy in Advanced Renal Cell Carcinoma: Developing a New Standard

THE FRONT-LINE systemic treatment landscape for metastatic renal cell carcinoma has undergone tremendous movement over the past several years. A better understanding of the current management paradigm for therapy-naive patients warrants a reflection of historic landmark clinical trials that have...

Solid Tumors
Kidney Cancer

Hope and Fear Are Two Constants in the Lives of Patients With Cancer

A year and a half ago, when I was 33, the thought of having a life-threatening disease was unimaginable. In hindsight, the weight loss I began experiencing in the fall of 2017 should have raised concern because I’ve always had to be mindful of my diet if I wanted to lose weight. But denial can be a ...

Kidney Cancer

First-Line Combination Treatments Improve Outcomes vs Sunitinib in Advanced Renal Cell Carcinoma

Two recently reported phase III trials have shown the benefits of combination therapy vs sunitinib in the first-line treatment in advanced renal cell carcinoma. As reported in The New England Journal of Medicine by Brian I. Rini, MD, of Cleveland Clinic Taussig Cancer Institute, and colleagues, the ...

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immunotherapy

FDA Approves Pembrolizumab Plus Axitinib for First-Line Treatment of Advanced Renal Cell Carcinoma

On April 19, 2019, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved pembrolizumab (Keytruda) plus axitinib for the first-line treatment of patients with advanced renal cell carcinoma (RCC). KEYNOTE-426 Approval was based on KEYNOTE-426, a randomized, multicenter, open-label trial conducted in ...

Kidney Cancer
Immunotherapy

Expert Point of View: Tracy Rose, MD, MPH

THE FORMAL DISCUSSANT of the KEYNOTE-427 trial, Tracy Rose, MD, MPH, of the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, told listeners: “I think pembrolizumab should now be considered an option for non–clear cell kidney cancer. Response rates, however, remain inferior to those seen in clear cell...

Kidney Cancer
Immunotherapy

Study Finds Pembrolizumab Active in Advanced Non–Clear Cell Kidney Cancer

IMMUNOTHERAPY WITH the checkpoint inhibitor pembrolizumab may prove to be an effective option for patients with advanced non–clear cell renal cell carcinoma, according to results in cohort B of the KEYNOTE-427 trial, presented at the 2019 Genitourinary Cancers Symposium.1 Response rates were...

Kidney Cancer
Immunotherapy

CALYPSO: Savolitinib Plus Durvalumab in Metastatic Papillary Renal Cell Carcinoma

THE COMBINATION of savolitinib and durvalumab achieved durable responses in approximately one-fourth of patients with metastatic papillary renal cell carcinoma in the phase II CALYPSO study.1 Treatment options are limited for papillary renal cell carcinoma. Clinical guidelines recommend enrollment...

Kidney Cancer
Immunotherapy

Pembrolizumab/Cabozantinib Shows Activity in Previously Treated Renal Cell Carcinoma

THE COMBINATION of pembrolizumab and cabozantinib demonstrated antitumor activity in patients with previously treated metastatic renal cell carcinoma and both drugs were tolerable at their approved doses, according to data from a dose-escalation cohort of a phase I study.1 Among eight patients with ...

Kidney Cancer
Immunotherapy

Nivolumab/Ipilimumab in Intermediate- and Poor-Risk Advanced Renal Cell Carcinoma

NIVOLUMAB PLUS low-dose ipilimumab continued to demonstrate strong responses as well as a survival benefit with a median of 32.4 months of follow-up as front-line treatment for patients with intermediate- and poor-risk advanced renal cell carcinoma, according to an update of the phase II CheckMate...

Kidney Cancer

Evaluating Outcomes of Cabozantinib vs Everolimus in Advanced Renal Cell Carcinoma

IN A RETROSPECTIVE analysis of median overall survival from the phase III METEOR trial,1 Ignacio Duran, MD, PhD, and colleagues sought to determine whether early tumor shrinkage following therapy with cabozantinib or everolimus could be an early indicator of prognosis for patients with metastatic...

Kidney Cancer
Immunotherapy

JAVELIN Renal 101: Avelumab Plus Axitinib vs Sunitinib in the First-Line Treatment of Advanced Kidney Cancer

THE PROGRAMMED cell death-ligand 1 (PD-L1) inhibitor, avelumab, was combined with the multitargeted vascular growth endothelial factor (VEGF) agent, axitinib, and compared to monotherapy with sunitinib in the first-line treatment of patients with metastatic renal cell carcinoma. Toni K. Choueiri,...

Kidney Cancer
Immunotherapy

Expert Point of View: Lori Wood, MD

LORI WOOD, MD, of Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada was the formal discussant for the KEYNOTE 426 study presented at the 2019 Genitourinary Cancers Symposium.1,2 Dr. Wood called the KEYNOTE 426 phase III trial “practice-changing,” and added, “The majority of patients with...

Kidney Cancer
Immunotherapy

KEYNOTE 426: Pembrolizumab Plus Axitinib vs Sunitinib in First-Line Therapy for Advanced Renal Cell Carcinoma

AS REPORTED at the 2019 Genitourinary Cancers Symposium by Thomas Powles, MD, and as published in The New England Journal of Medicine by Brian Rini, MD, and colleagues, significant benefits in overall and progression-free survival were achieved with the combination of pembrolizumab plus axitinib...

Kidney Cancer
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Prostate Cancer
Hepatobiliary Cancer

Conference Highlights From the 2019 Gastrointestinal and Genitourinary Cancers Symposiums

THIS YEAR saw a huge turnout and a large number of scientific abstracts presented at both the 2019 Gastrointestinal (GI) Cancers Symposium, held on January 17–19, and the 2019 Genitourinary (GU) Cancers Symposium, held on February 14–16, both in San Francisco. The GU Cancers Symposium attracted...

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immunotherapy

Eric Jonasch, MD, on Kidney Cancer: A Year in Review

Eric Jonasch, MD, of The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, discusses major findings over the past 12 months in kidney cancer, including combination immunotherapies and trends in surgical oncology.

Kidney Cancer

Actively Recruiting Clinical Trials Focused on Treatments of Kidney Cancer

The information contained in this Clinical Trials Resource Guide includes actively recruiting clinical studies that are focused on several different kinds of treatments for kidney cancer. These trials are evaluating gene therapy, immunotherapy, chemotherapy, radiotherapy, and combinations thereof....

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kidney cancer

Sumanta K. Pal, MD: Let's Get More Patients With Rare Tumors Into Clinical Trials

Sumanta K. Pal, MD, of City of Hope, talks about the need for investigators across the country to enroll their patients with rare tumors in clinical trials. He describes a trial he is leading for papillary kidney cancer and how others can join his efforts.

kidney cancer

Activity of Cabozantinib in Advanced Non–Clear Cell Renal Cell Carcinoma

In a retrospective cohort study reported in The Lancet Oncology, Chanzá et al found evidence of activity of cabozantinib in advanced non–clear cell renal carcinoma. Cabozantinib is approved in metastatic renal cell carcinoma on the basis of studies in clear cell histology. As noted by ...

kidney cancer
immunotherapy

Toni K. Choueiri, MD, and Ziad Bakouny, MD, on Renal Cell Carcinoma: Next-Generation Immuno-oncology Therapies

Toni K. Choueiri, MD, and Ziad Bakouny, MD, both of Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, talk about novel cytokines, checkpoint inhibitors, and vaccines in the treatment pipeline for renal cell carcinoma.

Kidney Cancer

Pembrolizumab/Axitinib Combination Improves Outcomes vs Sunitinib in Kidney Cancer

The checkpoint inhibitor pembrolizumab plus the vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) tyrosine kinase inhibitor axitinib significantly improved overall survival, progression-free survival, and objective response rates vs sunitinib as first-line therapy for clear cell metastatic renal cell...

kidney cancer
immunotherapy

2019 GU Cancers Symposium: First-Line Pembrolizumab Plus Axitinib vs Sunitinib in Advanced Renal Cell Carcinoma

As reported at the 2019 Genitourinary Cancers Symposium (Abstract 543) and in The New England Journal of Medicine, Rini et al found significant benefits in overall and progression-free survival with the combination of pembrolizumab plus axitinib vs sunitinib in the first-line treatment of advanced...

kidney cancer

Brian I. Rini, MD, on Renal Cell Cancer: Risk Stratification After Resection of Localized Disease

Brian I. Rini, MD, of the Cleveland Clinic Taussig Cancer Institute, discusses current models used to estimate the risk of recurrence as well as genomic data that could help pinpoint individual tumor biology.

kidney cancer
immunotherapy

Rana R. McKay, MD, on Renal Cell Carcinoma: Results From a Trial on Atezolizumab and Bevacizumab

Rana R. McKay, MD, of the University of California, San Diego, discusses phase II study findings on atezolizumab and bevacizumab in non–clear cell renal cell carcinoma and clear cell renal cell carcinoma with sarcomatoid differentiation (Abstract 548).

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Brian I. Rini, MD, on Renal Cell Carcinoma: Results From the TIVO-3 Trial on Tivozanib vs Sorafenib

Brian I. Rini, MD, of the Cleveland Clinic Taussig Cancer Institute, discusses phase III findings on a comparison of tivozanib and sorafenib in patients with refractory advanced renal cell carcinoma (Abstract 541).

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Ignacio Duran, MD, PhD, on Renal Cell Carcinoma: Results From the METEOR Trial on Cabozantinib vs Everolimus

Ignacio Duran, MD, PhD, of the Hospital Universitario Marqués de Valdecilla, discusses an overall survival analysis of the phase III METEOR trial of cabozantinib vs everolimus in advanced renal cell carcinoma (Abstract 550).

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Laurence Albiges, MD, PhD, on Renal Cell Carcinoma: Results From the NIVOREN GETUG-AFU 26 Study on Nivolumab

Laurence Albiges, MD, PhD, of Gustave Roussy, discusses findings on the safety and efficacy of nivolumab used in a “real world” prospective study on metastatic renal cell carcinoma (mRCC). This research was conducted after nivolumab was approved for the treatment of mRCC following failure of one or two tyrosine kinase inhibitors (Abstract 542).

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2019 GU Cancers Symposium: TIVO-3: Tivozanib vs Sorafenib in Refractory Advanced Renal Cell Carcinoma

The TIVO-3 trial was conducted to confirm progression-free survival results from the TIVO-1 trial, which found an improvement in median progression-free survival in patients with metastatic renal cell carcinoma treated with tivozanib vs sorafenib. Findings from TIVO-3 were presented by...

kidney cancer
immunotherapy

Toni K. Choueiri, MD, on Renal Cell Carcinoma: Trial Results on Avelumab Plus Axitinib vs Sunitinib

Toni K. Choueiri, MD, of Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, discusses a subgroup analysis from the JAVELIN Renal 101 study on outcomes for avelumab plus axitinib vs sunitinib in advanced renal cell carcinoma (Abstract 544).

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Brian I. Rini, MD, and Thomas Powles, MD, PhD, on Renal Cell Carcinoma: Results From the KEYNOTE-426 Trial on Pembrolizumab Plus Axitinib vs Sunitinib

Brian I. Rini, MD, of the Cleveland Clinic Taussig Cancer Institute, and Thomas Powles, MD, PhD, of Queen Mary University of London, discuss their study findings on pembrolizumab plus axitinib vs sunitinib as first-line therapy for locally advanced or metastatic renal cell carcinoma (Abstract 543).

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2019 GU Cancers Symposium: JAVELIN Renal 101: Avelumab Plus Axitinib vs Sunitinib for Advanced Kidney Cancer

A combination of two drugs could become a new standard first-line treatment for patients with metastatic kidney cancer, according to results from the JAVELIN Renal 101 trial presented at the 2019 Genitourinary Cancers Symposium (Abstract 544) and simultaneously published in The New England...

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FDA Pipeline: Priority Reviews in Renal Cell Carcinoma and Head and Neck Cancer

Over the past week, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) granted multiple Priority Reviews: Pembrolizumab in Combination With Axitinib as First-Line Treatment for Advanced Renal Cell Carcinoma Today, the FDA accepted and granted Priority Review for a new supplemental biologics license...

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2019 GU Cancers Symposium: KEYNOTE-426: Pembrolizumab Plus Axitinib vs Sunitinib in Advanced Renal Cell Carcinoma

Results from the randomized, phase III KEYNOTE-426 clinical trial show that first-line therapy with a combination of pembrolizumab and axitinib extended both overall survival (OS) and progression-free survival (PFS) for patients with clear cell metastatic renal cell carcinoma compared with the...

kidney cancer

Personalized Treatment May Extend Life Expectancy for Patients With Chronic Kidney Disease and Small Renal Tumors

Personalized treatment plans may extend life expectancy for patients with early-stage kidney cancer who also have risk factors for worsening kidney disease, according to a new study published by Kang et al in Radiology. Kidney tumors are often discovered at an early stage and are frequently...

kidney cancer
immunotherapy

Patient-Reported Outcomes With Nivolumab Plus Ipilimumab vs Sunitinib in Advanced Renal Cell Carcinoma

As reported in The Lancet Oncology by Cella et al, patient-reported outcomes were better with nivolumab plus ipilimumab vs sunitinib in the phase III CheckMate 214 trial among patients with intermediate- or poor-risk advanced renal cell carcinoma. The ongoing trial showed significantly improved...

Solid Tumors
Kidney Cancer

Clinical Trial Commences on Personalized Vaccine in Kidney Cancer

Researchers at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston are testing a first-of-its-kind personalized cancer vaccine combined with an immunotherapy drug, with the aim of improving outcomes for patients with kidney cancer who are at high risk of recurrence after surgery. A two-pronged approach to...

kidney cancer

Immediate vs Deferred Cytoreductive Nephrectomy in Patients With Metastatic Renal Cell Carcinoma Treated With Sunitinib

In a trial with a modified primary endpoint due to slow accrual reported in JAMA Oncology, Bex et al found that deferred cytoreductive nephrectomy after sunitinib did not improve 28-week progression-free rate (PFR) vs immediate nephrectomy followed by sunitinib in patients with metastatic renal...

Kidney Cancer

Expert Point of View: Manuela Schmidinger, MD

“TARGETED AGENTS were a breakthrough in the treatment of renal cell carcinoma, and immunotherapy also works well, improving survival. In the past 2 years, combining a checkpoint inhibitor with targeted agents appears to work even better, and multiple combination trials are underway. The outcomes...

Kidney Cancer

Progress Made in Identifying Gene-Signature Biomarkers in Renal Cell Carcinoma

A NEW ANALYSIS of the phase III IMmotion151 trial identified gene signatures in renal cell carcinoma that correlate with improved progression-free survival in patients treated with atezolizumab (Tecentriq) plus bevacizumab (Avastin) vs sunitinib (Sutent). These findings were presented at the...

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