Combining the monoclonal antibody atezolizumab with a carboplatin-paclitaxel chemotherapy regimen and the biologic antiangiogenic agent bevacizumab led to a significant progression-free survival (PFS) benefit in chemotherapy-naïve patients with non-squamous metastatic non-small-cell lung cancer (mNSCLC), according to the IMpower150* trial presented at ELCC 2018.
Low baseline levels of the biomarker endoglin may signal improved progression-free survival (PFS) and/or overall survival (OS) in chemotherapy-naïve patients with unresectable epithelioid malignant pleural mesothelioma (MPM) who received the triple angiokinase inhibitor nintedanib in addition to a doublet combination regimen comprising pemetrexed and cisplatin, according to results from the LUME Meso* trial presented at ELCC 2018.
Even in the long term, atezolizumab shows significant survival benefit over docetaxel for patients with advanced non-small–cell lung cancer (NSCLC) who have previously been treated, regardless of PD-L1 expression levels or tumour histology, according to the POPLAR* study presented at the 2018 European Lung Cancer Congress (ELCC).
First-generation EGFR tyrosine kinase inhibitor (TKI) therapy is less effective in patients with advanced lung adenocarcinoma who have complex EGFR mutations and primary drug-resistance patterns, according to results of a Chinese study reported at ELCC 2018.
The next-generation TKI* alectinib maintains improvement in lung cancer symptoms for a longer duration than crizotinib, the current standard of care for patients with ALK-positive non-small–cell lung cancer (NSCLC), according to new data from the ALEX** study presented at ELCC 2018.
The first-line use of osimertinib in patients with EGFR mutation–positive advanced non-small-cell lung cancer (NSCLC) is associated with significant improvements in a number of post-progression endpoints compared with current standard of care (SoC), according to new data from the phase III FLAURA study.
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An MRI-first diagnostic pathway, combined with risk-tailored screening, is shown to improve the benefit-to-harm profile and cost-effectiveness of screening for prostate cancer (PCa), according to results of a recent lifetable modelling study presented at AACR 2020 Virtual Meeting II.
Flat-dose nivolumab, administered as a 30-minute infusion, is well tolerated and active in Asian patients with previously treated advanced non-small-cell lung cancer (NSCLC), according to results of the phase IIIb CheckMate 870 study.
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.
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.