Pembrolizumab improved progression-free survival (PFS) and overall survival (OS) over best supportive care in patients with advanced hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC), according to the phase III KEYNOTE-240* trial, supporting its role as a treatment option for HCC in the second-line setting.
First-line treatment with pembrolizumab plus axitinib significantly improved overall survival (OS) and progression-free survival (PFS) in patients with advanced clear-cell RCC* who had intermediate/poor IMDC** risk classification, according to updated results of the KEYNOTE-426*** study presented at BASCO 2019 Annual Meeting held in Singapore.
Patients with HER2+ breast cancer with disease progression despite ≥2 lines of HER2-directed therapy may improve their progression-free survival (PFS) with the addition of neratinib than lapatinib to capecitabine, according to the phase III NALA* trial.
The addition of radium-223 (Ra223) to enzalutamide for the treatment of mCRPC* was associated with increased fracture risk, which was entirely abolished with mandated use of bone-protecting agents (BPAs) such as zoledronic acid and denosumab, according to interim results of the EORTC 1333 (PEACE III) trial.
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.