Nivolumab, used in the first-line treatment of patients with advanced hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC), has demonstrated clinically meaningful improvements in overall survival (OS) and response rates vs sorafenib in the phase III CheckMate 459 study, although the improvement in OS did not reach statistical significance.
Intelligent Liver Function Testing (iLFT), an automated investigation algorithm for liver function tests (LFTs), is highly cost-effective, leading to higher rates of liver diagnoses and improvements in quality of care, according to a new study.
In autoimmune hepatitis (AIH) patients receiving induction therapy with prednisone or prednisolone, the dose to induce remission may be lowered without compromising efficacy, as reported in a recent study. Specifically, 0.50 mg/kg/day is enough and hence reduces unnecessary exposure to the drugs in this population.
Pembrolizumab improved progression-free survival (PFS) and overall survival (OS) over best supportive care in patients with advanced hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC), according to the phase III KEYNOTE-240* trial, supporting its role as a treatment option for HCC in the second-line setting.
Prof. Vincent Wong, Prof. Ray Kim, Dr. Tan Poh Seng, 20190910083343
Chronic hepatitis B (CHB) remains a major public health concern because of its worldwide distribution and potential adverse sequelae, including cirrhosis and hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC). At a recent symposium held during the GIHep Singapore 2019, Professor Vincent Wong from the Chinese University of Hong Kong and Professor Ray Kim from the Stanford University School of Medicine, Stanford, California, US, discussed antiviral treatments for CHB, with a focus on the novel agent tenofovir alafenamide (Vemlidy®). Dr Tan Poh Seng from the National University Hospital, Singapore, chaired the symposium.
Overall survival (OS) is currently the primary
criteria in assessing the efficacy of a cancer treatment. Dr Raghav Sundar, a consultant
medical oncologist at the National University Hospital, Singapore, details the
crucial role played by tumour response in evaluating treatment efficacy, with a
focus on the multiple kinase inhibitor lenvatinib in the treatment of
hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC).
DOACs* were better than warfarin in terms of efficacy and safety for stroke prevention in an Asian population with atrial fibrillation (AF) and liver disease, including patients with significant active liver disease who were usually excluded from pivotal clinical trials, suggests a study based on the Korean national database.
New drug applications approved by US FDA as of 16 - 31 August 2019 which includes New Molecular Entities (NMEs) and new biologics. It does not include Tentative Approvals. Supplemental approvals may have occurred since the original approval date.
The combination of the PD-L1* inhibitor atezolizumab and the VEGF** inhibitor bevacizumab generated substantial and consistent benefits in terms of quality of life (QoL) compared with standard-of-care sorafenib in patients with unresectable hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) who have not received prior systemic therapy, according to the patient-reported outcomes (PROs) from the IMbrave150*** trial presented at ASCO GI 2020.