Osimertinib further extends progression-free survival (PFS) over standard-of-care (SOC) first-line therapy in Asian patients with advanced or metastatic epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR)-mutated non-small-cell lung cancer (NSCLC), according to the Asian subset analysis of the phase III FLAURA* trial.
Indication and demand for genetic testing have increased in recent years, with tests becoming more readily available and affordable, says a leading oncologist at ESMO Asia 2017, highlighting that appreciation of ethical, social, and legal implications of testing and proper test interpretation are important for optimal patient management.
Genomic profiling of circulating tumour DNA (ctDNA) is feasible in the management of advanced non-small-cell lung cancer (NSCLC) and prompts changes in matched therapy in selected patients, a retrospective study in Hong Kong has shown.
A modified dose of XELIRI with or without bevacizumab may be an alternative second-line chemotherapy treatment for patients with metastatic colorectal cancer (CRC), according to results of the noninferiority phase III AXEPT* trial.
The combination therapy comprising carfilzomib, cyclophosphamide and dexamethasone (KCd) is effective, with a tolerable safety profile, in an Asian cohort with high-risk multiple myeloma (MM) — thus providing a more economical alternative as a potential upfront regimen in resource-limited settings, according to leading experts during a myeloma education webinar.
Despite a 90-percent cure rate after first treatment for children with acute lymphoblastic leukaemia (ALL), approximately 10–15 percent of patients with paediatric ALL will experience relapse. [Expert Rev Anticancer Ther 2017;17:725-736] A recent webinar on the current landscape of ALL highlighted the potential of immunotherapy for paediatric patients with relapsed or refractory ALL, thus providing hope for this high-risk patient group.