Among patients with cancer who develop COVID-19, progressive disease and a higher ECOG* performance status (PS) are tied to an increased risk of mortality, according to early results ascertained from the COVID-19 and Cancer Consortium (CCC19) registry.
Pembrolizumab may extend progression-free survival (PFS) in patients with relapsed/refractory classical Hodgkin lymphoma (R/R cHL) who are ineligible for or have relapsed following autologous stem-cell transplant (auto-SCT), according to the phase III KEYNOTE-204 trial.
The addition of enzalutamide to androgen deprivation therapy (ADT) improved overall survival (OS) in men with nonmetastatic castration-resistant prostate cancer (nmCRPC), demonstrated the phase III PROSPER* trial.
Prior treatment with chemotherapy alone, chemotherapy plus immunotherapy, steroids or anticoagulants is associated with an increased risk of death in patients with thoracic cancer who develop coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), new data from the global TERAVOLT (Thoracic Cancers International COVID-10 Collaboration) registry have shown.
Vitamin D supplementation can reduce the incidence of advanced cancer among older adults, in particular those with a normal BMI but not those who are overweight or obese, suggests the large VITAL* randomized study presented during the ASCO 2020 Meeting.
Adding the PD-L1 inhibitor avelumab to best supportive care in the maintenance setting yields significant survival benefit compared with best supporting care alone for patients with advanced bladder cancer who have stable disease following first-line platinum-based chemotherapy, an interim analysis of the JAVELIN Bladder 100 study shows.
Pembrolizumab in combination with chemotherapy significantly improves progression-free survival (PFS) vs chemotherapy alone in patients with previously untreated, locally recurrent inoperable or metastatic triple-negative breast cancer (TNBC), results of the KEYNOTE-355 study have shown.
Three years of adjuvant imatinib treatment is superior in efficacy vs 1-year use in patients with gastrointestinal stromal tumours (GIST) at high risk of recurrence post-surgery, according to the secondary analysis of the SSGXVIII/AIO* trial.
The combination therapy of pembrolizumab + axitinib continued to demonstrate significant improvements in overall survival (OS) and progression-free survival (PFS) among patients with advanced renal cell carcinoma (RCC) over an extended 24-month follow-up, according to the KEYNOTE-426* study presented at ASCO20 Virtual Scientific Program.
Dr. Hsu Li Yang, Dr. Tan Thuan Tong, Dr. Andrea Kwa,
08 Jan 2021
Antimicrobial resistance has become increasingly dire as the rapid emergence of drug resistance, especially gram-negative pathogens, has outpaced the development of new antibiotics. At a recent virtual symposium, Dr Hsu Li Yang, Vice Dean (Global Health) and Programme Leader (Infectious Diseases), NUS Saw Swee Hock School of Public Health, presented epidemiological data on multidrug-resistant (MDR) gram-negative bacteria (GNB) in Asia, while Dr Tan Thuan Tong, Head and Senior Consultant, Department of Infectious Diseases, Singapore General Hospital (SGH), focused on the role of ceftazidime-avibactam in MDR GNB infections. Dr Andrea Kwa, Assistant Director of Research, Department of Pharmacy, SGH, joined the panel in an interactive fireside chat, to discuss challenges, practical considerations, and solutions in MDR gram-negative infections. This Pfizer-sponsored symposium was chaired by Dr Ng Shin Yi, Head and Senior Consultant of Surgical Intensive Care, SGH.
Spending too much time sitting cannot be good for the body, and rising to one's feet breaks up such a behaviour and yields small, but meaningful, reductions in certain cardiovascular disease (CVD) risk factors, according to the results of a meta-analysis.
Use of thyroid hormone therapy does not seem to protect older adults with subclinical hypothyroidism against mortality, but it appears to confer survival benefits to those aged <65 years, results of a study have shown.