Oncology

Top Medical News
3 hours ago
Cisplatin-ineligible patients with metastatic urothelial carcinoma treated with PD-1/L1 inhibitor followed by carboplatin-containing chemotherapy show similar overall survival (OS) with those treated with the reverse sequence, a study has found.
Yesterday
Progression-free (PFS) and overall survival (OS) are significantly lower in patients with advanced hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) treated with sorafenib and concomitant gastric acid suppression therapy, a recent study has found.
Natalia Reoutova, Yesterday

A retrospective review of a pilot study in Chinese women who underwent magnetic seed marker–guided breast lesion excision reports >90 percent success rate and no complications.

Natalia Reoutova, Yesterday

Patients with coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) who have haematologic malignancies have a 28 percent mortality rate, according to data collected from 250 patients by the ASH Research Collaborative COVID-19 presented at the 62nd American Society of Hematology Annual Meeting and Exposition (ASH 2020).

Natalia Reoutova, Yesterday

Results of the registrational phase I/II ARROW trial of pralsetinib, presented at the European Society for Medical Oncology (ESMO) Virtual Congress 2020, reveal overall response rates (ORRs) of 60 percent in pretreated and treatment-naïve RET-mutated (RETmut) medullary thyroid cancer (MTC) patients.

Natalia Reoutova, Yesterday

An international team of researchers led by CUHK found a significant association between tobacco use and bladder cancer incidence and mortality globally.

Roshini Claire Anthony, Yesterday

The addition of chemotherapy to endocrine therapy improved invasive disease-free survival (IDFS) in premenopausal women with lymph node-positive early stage hormone receptor-positive (HR+) HER2-negative (HER2-) breast cancer with recurrence score 25, according to early results of the phase III SWOG S1007 RxPonder* trial presented at SABCS 2020. However, the benefits did not appear to extend to postmenopausal women.

Special Reports
Assoc Prof. Darren Poon, Assoc Prof. Edmund Chiong, 14 Jan 2021
Metastatic hormone-sensitive prostate cancer (mHSPC) refers to the condition whereby patients have metastatic prostate cancer and no prior hormonal therapy or androgen deprivation therapy (ADT). Typically, patients with mHSPC have been treated with ADT alone, following which, the overwhelming majority develop castration resistance over time and head towards eventual mortality. In recent years, the publication of various landmark trials has prompted dramatic changes in the mHSPC treatment landscape, and had favourably impacted overall survival (OS) in these patients. At a recent webinar, A/Prof Darren Poon, Honorary Consultant in Clinical Oncology, Hong Kong Sanatorium & Hospital, and Honorary Clinical Associate Professor, Department of Clinical Oncology, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, reviewed treatment options in mHSPC, while A/Prof Edmund Chiong, Head and Senior Consultant, Department of Urology, National University Hospital, Singapore, presented a case which was discussed by an esteemed panel of experts. This webinar was jointly organized by the Singapore Society of Oncology and the Singapore Urological Association, and supported by Astellas. 
Roshini Claire Anthony, 08 Jan 2021

Significant advancements in the treatment of acute lymphocytic leukaemia (ALL) in children have improved their outcomes. However, ALL treatment and eradication remain a major challenge in adults. In a recent webinar, two specialists from the US discussed current ALL treatment strategies and goals of future regimens.

Pearl Toh, 22 Oct 2020
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.
Audrey Abella, 14 Oct 2020
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.
12 Jun 2020
Drawing from experience as a key investigator in landmark clinical trials (including PALOMA, MONALEESA and MONARCH), and his clinical experience with CDK4/6 inhibitors, Dr Rafael Villanueva Vázquez shares his insights into the current evidence of using CDK4/6 inhibitors to treat HR+/HER2- ABC.
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 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).  

Conference Reports
Natalia Reoutova, 26 Jan 2021

Patients with coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) who have haematologic malignancies have a 28 percent mortality rate, according to data collected from 250 patients by the ASH Research Collaborative COVID-19 presented at the 62nd American Society of Hematology Annual Meeting and Exposition (ASH 2020).

Roshini Claire Anthony, 25 Jan 2021

The addition of chemotherapy to endocrine therapy improved invasive disease-free survival (IDFS) in premenopausal women with lymph node-positive early stage hormone receptor-positive (HR+) HER2-negative (HER2-) breast cancer with recurrence score 25, according to early results of the phase III SWOG S1007 RxPonder* trial presented at SABCS 2020. However, the benefits did not appear to extend to postmenopausal women.

Natalia Reoutova, 25 Jan 2021

Nivolumab does not improve overall survival (OS) in patients with platinum-resistant ovarian cancer when compared with standard second- and subsequent-line chemotherapy, according to the results of the phase III NINJA trial presented at the European Society for Medical Oncology (ESMO) Virtual Congress 2020.

Pearl Toh, 14 Jan 2021
While breast cancer survivors of childbearing age are less likely to get pregnant than the general population, most of them who do become pregnant deliver healthy babies without detrimental outcomes on their long-term survival, according to a large meta-analysis presented at the SABCS 2020 Congress.
Roshini Claire Anthony, 13 Jan 2021

The combination of panobinostat, dexamethasone, and subcutaneous (SC) bortezomib shows promising responses in patients with relapsed or relapsed and refractory multiple myeloma (RRMM), according to the phase II PANORAMA 3* study. Furthermore, SC bortezomib may be preferable to the intravenous (IV) option for reducing toxicity.

Christina Lau, 13 Jan 2021

Patients with chronic lymphocytic leukaemia (CLL)/small lymphocytic lymphoma (SLL) who achieve undetectable minimal residual disease (uMRD) in peripheral blood (PB) and bone marrow (BM) after 12 cycles of first-line treatment with ibrutinib plus venetoclax have similar 1-year disease-free survival (DFS) rates regardless of whether ibrutinib is continued or not, results of the phase II CAPTIVATE study have shown.

Pearl Toh, 12 Jan 2021
Adding the CDK4/6 inhibitor abemaciclib to an endocrine therapy of fulvestrant extends overall survival (OS) compared with fulvestrant alone in East Asian patients with hormone receptor-positive (HR+), HER2-negative advanced breast cancer (ABC) who have progressed on prior endocrine therapy, consistent with results from the overall population, updated analysis of the global, phase III MONARCH 2 study has shown.
CME Modules
Digital Edition
Asia's trusted medical magazine for healthcare professionals. Get your MIMS Oncology - Malaysia digital copy today!
Sign In To Download