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POSEIDON updates boost treatment potential of tremelimumab-durvalumab-CT for mNSCLC
Audrey Abella, 4 hours ago
In the updated analysis of the POSEIDON trial presented at ESMO 2022, the combination regimen comprising tremelimumab, durvalumab, and chemotherapy (T+D+CT) used in the first-line setting conferred long-term overall survival (OS) benefit in individuals with metastatic non-small-cell lung cancer (mNSCLC).
ADT suppresses levels of several androgen precursor steroids
Tristan Manalac, 6 hours ago
In prostate cancer patients, the initiation of androgen deprivation therapy (ADT) lowers the concentrations of 13 circulating steroids, according to a new study.
Add-on apatinib puts brakes on disease progression in advanced TNBC
20 hours ago
The addition of apatinib to vinorelbine appears to prolong progression-free survival in patients with advanced triple-negative breast cancer (TNBC) with failed first- or second-line treatment, as shown in the results of a phase II study.
PLD-apatinib combo show promise for ovarian cancer
Audrey Abella, Yesterday
A combination regimen comprising apatinib, a small-molecule TKI*, and pegylated liposomal doxorubicin (PLD) led to improved progression-free survival (PFS) in women with platinum-resistant recurrent ovarian cancer (PROC), results of the APPROVE trial suggest.
Sleeve gastrectomy vs gastric bypass for weight loss: Which is safer?
Tristan Manalac, Yesterday
Among patients who undergo distal gastrectomy for gastric cancer, the risk of developing delayed gastric emptying (DGE) appears to be higher among women and those with diabetes, according to a recent study.
Use of RAS inhibitors associated with lower cancer risk in T2D
Natalia Reoutova, Yesterday

A real-world study of over 250,000 type 2 diabetes (T2D) patients from Hong Kong has found that use of renin-angiotensin-system inhibitors (RASIs) is independently associated with reduced risk of cancer, including diabetes-related cancers and cancer-specific mortality in diabetes.

Weight, waistline changes influence future breast cancer risk
2 days ago
Changes in weight and waist circumference appear to have a dose-response association with the risk of future breast cancer, such that the greater the gain, the higher the risk, according to a retrospective study.
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Improving survival outcomes with systemic therapy in advanced hepatocellular carcinoma
02 Apr 2021
At the 3rd Bayer Hepatocellular Carcinoma (HCC) Masterclass, three distinguished speakers shared their insights into the management of intermediate and advanced HCC in Malaysia. Topics discussed include current treatment landscape and updates in disease management, as well as two case studies that highlighted the role of tyrosine kinase inhibitors (TKIs) in improving the overall survival (OS) of patients with advanced HCC.
New treatment option now available for patients with HR+/HER2- aBC/MBC, PIK3CA mutations
31 Mar 2021
At the recent webinar entitled Pik Me Up: Mutation Matters, Consultant Medical Oncologist Dr Senthil Rajappa discussed the role of PI3Kα-specific inhibitor alpelisib (TREZILENT®, Novartis) in managing patients with HR+/HER2- aBC/MBC and PIK3CA mutations while Senior Consultant Pathologist Professor Dr Pathmanathan Rajadurai explained the process of detecting PIK3CA mutations in patients.
Management of MDROs in the ICU and the role of newer antimicrobial agents
Prof. David Paterson, 30 Mar 2021
Intensive care unit (ICU) patients are at risk of developing serious infections with multidrug-resistant organisms (MDROs), which require appropriate and adequate antibiotic coverage. Early empirical coverage is pivotal in saving patients’ lives. At a recent webinar co-organized by the Society of Infectious Disease (Singapore) and Pfizer, renowned Professor David Paterson, Professor of Medicine and Director, The University of Queensland Centre for Clinical Research, and Consultant Infectious Diseases Physician, Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital, Brisbane, Australia, discussed the role of newer antimicrobial agents, including ceftazidime-avibactam (Zavicefta) in the management of MDROs in the ICU. Dr Wong Sin Yew, Infectious Disease Physician at Gleneagles Medical Centre and Mount Elizabeth Novena Specialist Centre, Singapore, chaired the event.
The changing treatment landscape for premenopausal women with advanced breast cancer: Focus on ribociclib
Dr. Wong Seng Weng, Dr. Lee Guek Eng, 19 Mar 2021
In Singapore, advanced breast cancer (aBC) is the leading cause of cancer death in women 30–49 years of age. For premenopausal women diagnosed with hormone receptor (HR)-positive, HER2-negative BC, cyclin-dependent kinase 4 and 6 (CDK4/6) inhibitors provide new hope. Currently, ribociclib is the only CDK4/6 inhibitor studied in the first-line setting for premenopausal women with HR+/HER2- aBC, in the phase III MONALEESA-7 trial. Two experts, Dr Wong Seng Weng, Medical Director & Consultant Medical Oncologist at The Cancer Centre, Paragon Medical & Mount Elizabeth Novena Specialist Centre, and Dr Lee Guek Eng, Senior Consultant & Specialist in Medical Oncology at Icon Cancer Centre and Program Director of the Young Women Cancer Program, weigh in with their views on managing premenopausal women with aBC.
Optimizing metastatic hormone-sensitive prostate cancer treatment in advanced prostate cancer
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. 
Conference Reports
Tucatinib-trastuzumab combo induces durable tumour response in HER2+ mCRC
Elvira Manzano, 19 Sep 2022
Dual HER-2 inhibition with tucatinib and trastuzumab induces clinically meaningful and durable responses in patients with previously treated metastatic HER2-positive colorectal cancer (mCRC) in the phase II MOUNTAINEER trial, boosting hopes for this chemotherapy-free combination.
Any upside to frontline mFOLFOXIRI-panitumumab in mCRC?
Roshini Claire Anthony, 14 Sep 2022

In patients with unresectable RAS and BRAF wildtype metastatic colorectal cancer (mCRC), a modified FOLFOXIRI plus panitumumab (mFOLFOXIRI/PAN*) treatment strategy in the first-line setting did not improve objective response rate (ORR) compared with FOLFOX plus panitumumab (mFOLFOX6/PAN**), results of the phase III TRIPLETE study showed.

Pembrolizumab shows durable efficacy in sorafenib-treated advanced HCC
Christina Lau, 14 Sep 2022

Pembrolizumab has demonstrated durable efficacy and a manageable adverse event (AE) profile in patients with advanced hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) previously treated with sorafenib in a 5-year follow-up of the KEYNOTE-224 study.

STRIDE regimen benefit in unresectable HCC consistent across baseline liver function
Roshini Claire Anthony, 11 Sep 2022

The overall survival (OS) benefit observed with the STRIDE regimen compared with sorafenib in patients with unresectable hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) is consistent regardless of baseline liver function, according to exploratory analysis of data from the phase III HIMALAYA trial presented at ESMO GI 2022.

Second-line NIVO + IPI combo sustains response, OS benefit in aHCC
Elaine Soliven, 30 Aug 2022
The combination of nivolumab 1 mg/kg (NIVO1) and ipilimumab 3 mg/kg (IPI3) every 3 weeks followed by NIVO 240 mg every 2 weeks in the second-line setting continues to confer durable response and overall survival (OS) benefit in patients with advanced hepatocellular carcinoma (aHCC), according to 5-year data from the CheckMate 040* trial presented at ESMO GI 2022.
Durvalumab + gemcitabine-cisplatin confers benefit in biliary tract cancer
Roshini Claire Anthony, 27 Aug 2022

The benefit of adding durvalumab to gemcitabine plus cisplatin chemotherapy in patients with advanced biliary tract cancer (BTC) was consistent regardless of primary tumour location, according to a subgroup analysis of the phase III TOPAZ-1 study presented at ESMO GI 2022.

First-line tislelizumab + chemo improves OS in advanced/metastatic ESCC
Elaine Soliven, 23 Aug 2022
First-line treatment with tislelizumab + chemotherapy significantly improves overall survival (OS) in patients with advanced or metastatic oesophageal squamous cell carcinoma (ESCC) compared with chemotherapy alone, according to an interim analysis of the RATIONALE-306* trial presented at ESMO GI 2022.