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Roshini Claire Anthony, 26 minutes ago

The risk of atrial fibrillation (AF) appears to be elevated among patients with a history of cancer, particularly those with prostate cancer, according to a study presented at ACC.20.

Tristan Manalac, 4 hours ago
The coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) appears to be more dangerous among cancer patients, who tend suffer more severe complications and faster disease progression, according to a new study.
Inflammatory biomarkers, such as interleukin-6 (IL-6), IL-6 soluble receptor (sR), C-reactive protein (CRP) and tumour necrosis factor alpha (TNFα), appear to correlate with physical and mental health in elderly patients with acute myeloid leukaemia (AML), a recent study has shown.
The neutrophil-to-lymphocyte ratio (NLR) may hold prognostic value for mortality in elderly adults with head and neck squamous cell carcinoma (HNSCC), a recent study has shown.
Jairia Dela Cruz, 2 days ago
The single-agent ibrutinib demonstrates significant and durable survival benefits compared with chlorambucil in the first-line treatment of older patients with chronic lymphocytic leukaemia (CLL)/small lymphocytic lymphoma (SLL), including those with high-risk prognostic features, according to 5-year data from the RESONATE-2 study.
Jairia Dela Cruz, 4 days ago
Men with metastatic prostate cancer (mPCa) present with morbidities and complications that are more common and debilitating than previously thought of, with some requiring immediate palliative treatments while others repeated intervention, according to a study from Singapore.
4 days ago
Cabozantinib plus androgen deprivation therapy (ADT) shows potent clinical activity in hormone-naïve metastatic prostate cancer (HNMPCa), according to the results of a phase II trial.
Special Reports
13 Feb 2020
At the recent National Haematology Expert Meeting 2019, a panel of experts was convened to discuss the role of targeted therapy in the management of haematological malignancies. Highlights of their lectures are summarised below.
Dr. Jay Zhu, Dr. Lai Fung Li, Prof. Chae-Yong Kim, 27 Nov 2019
The current standard of care for glioblastoma multiforme (GBM), an aggressive primary brain tumour with a rapid disease course, consists of maximum safe surgical resection followed by radiotherapy with concomitant temozolomide (TMZ) chemotherapy and subsequent TMZ maintenance. At the 16th Annual Meeting of the Asian Society of Neuro-Oncology (ASNO) in Taipei, Taiwan, experts reviewed the evidence and shared their clinical experience on the use of tumour treating fields (TTFields), a novel treatment modality for GBM. 
Dr Raghav Sundar, 09 Sep 2019

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).  

14 Aug 2019
Renal cell carcinoma (RCC) is the most common primary tumour arising from the kidney, constituting approximately 80–85% of primary renal neoplasms. According to the Malaysian National Cancer Registry Report 2007–2011, RCC accounts for 62.8% of all kidney cancers nationwide. RCC typically occurs approximately 50% more commonly in men compared with women, and predominantly occurs in the sixth to eighth decade of life.
30 Jan 2019
In March 2018, sublingual fentanyl citrate (SLF; Abstral®, Menarini) was made available in Malaysia. SLF is a rapid-onset opioid (ROO) indicated for the management of breakthrough cancer pain (BTcP) episodes in patients that are opioid-tolerant. In July 2018, Menarini organized an expert meeting, aptly named Malaysian Collaborative Meeting of Pain Specialists to Improve Oncology Management (MY-COMPASSION), comprising of key figures in anaesthesiology, palliative care and oncology to discuss current insights into local BTcP management. Below are highlights from the meeting.
Dr. Jeffrey Ross, Dr. Rohit Lal, Prof. Alwin Krämer, Dr. Rebecca Dent, Prof. Rafal Dziadziuszko, 24 Jan 2019
Comprehensive genomic profiling (CGP) has emerged as a key driving force behind personalized cancer care. With the wealth of data available with CGP, medical oncologists now have in their armamentarium a tool that could enable them to provide patients with the optimum treatment. At a Roche Foundation Medicine-sponsored symposium held at the 2018 European Society of Medical Oncology (ESMO) Congress in Munich, Germany, a panel of experts reviewed key data on CGP, with a focus on the treatment of advanced cancers.
21 Nov 2018
Recently, a Roche-sponsored dinner symposium was held in conjunction with the launch of atezolizumab (Tecentriq®, Roche) at Royale Chulan, Kuala Lumpur. Important insights into the evolving treatment landscape of anticancer treatment, and the increasingly prominent role of immunotherapy were gathered from a distinguished panel, including Dato’ Dr Mohamed Ibrahim, Professor Dr Rolf A. Stahel, Dr Voon Pei Jye, and Associate Professor Dr Tho Lye Mun. Here are the highlights of the meeting.
Conference Reports
Audrey Abella, 23 Mar 2020
The addition of the potent triple angiokinase inhibitor nintedanib to a standard chemotherapeutic regimen consisting of gemcitabine and cisplatin generated survival benefit in patients with locally advanced muscle invasive bladder cancer (MIBC), according to the results of the NEO-BLADE* trial presented at ASCO GU 2020. However, the study failed to demonstrate improvement in the primary endpoint of pathologic complete response (CR).
Elaine Soliven, 14 Mar 2020
The use of sipuleucel-T significantly prolongs overall survival (OS) in men with metastatic castration-resistant prostate cancer (mCRPC), regardless of treatment setting, based on real-world data presented at ASCO GU 2020.
Pearl Toh, 09 Mar 2020
A combination therapy of enfortumab vedotin and pembrolizumab shows promising activity, with rapid and durable responses in the first-line setting for patients with metastatic urothelial carcinoma (mUC) ineligible to receive cisplatin, according to updates from the EV-103* study presented at GUCS 2020.
Roshini Claire Anthony, 05 Mar 2020

Patients with previously treated advanced or metastatic clear cell renal cell carcinoma (RCC) appear to derive greater overall survival (OS) benefit with nivolumab compared with everolimus, according to final results of the phase III CheckMate 025* trial presented at ASCO GU 2020.

Dr Margaret Shi, 05 Mar 2020

Stereotactic ablative radiotherapy (SABR) has shown promising results in primary renal cell carcinoma (RCC) in recent trials and has become a treatment option for patients with inoperable primary RCC or tumours in solitary kidney, said Dr Shankar Siva of the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre of Melbourne, Australia, at the Uro-Oncology Asia 2020 conference.

Audrey Abella, 03 Mar 2020
An electronic surveillance tool generated better compliance and satisfaction rates than standard in-person care among men with stage 1 testicular cancer, according to the interim results of the WATChmAN* trial presented at ASCO GU 2020.
Elaine Soliven, 03 Mar 2020
The combination therapy of nivolumab (NIVO) and cabozantinib (CABO) with or without ipilimumab (IPI) demonstrates activity in advanced hepatocellular carcinoma (aHCC), according to the CheckMate 040* study presented at ASCO GI 2020.
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