Women with early breast cancer (BCa) who participated in an exercise and nutrition-based supportive care intervention programme called APAD* while being on a chemoradiotherapy (CRT) regimen had durable improvements in patient-reported outcomes, particularly fatigue and quality of life (QoL), compared with those receiving usual care, the APAD1 study shows.
Randomized controlled trials (RCTs) make up most of the studies forming the basis of European Medicines Agency (EMA) approval of new cancer drugs between 2014 and 2016, but nearly half of these appear to be at high risk of bias because of deficits in their design, conduct of analysis, reports a study.
Helicobacter pylori treatment for 2 weeks and vitamin or garlic supplementation for 7 years have significantly lowered the risk of death due to gastric cancer during 22.3 years of follow-up, according to a recent study. H pylori treatment and vitamin supplementation are also associated with a reduced incidence of gastric cancer.
The US Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF), in an update of its 2013 recommendations, called on clinicians to offer risk-reducing medications to women who are at increased risk for breast cancer but at low risk for adverse effects.
Use of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) is common among patients with prostate cancer and has seen an increase among those who are newly diagnosed with the disease, a study has shown. Multivitamins and omega-3 fatty acids are the most commonly used CAMs from 1996 to 2016, while vitamin D use has increased dramatically from 2006 to 2010.
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.
Nasopharyngeal cancer (NPC) is a disease in which cancer cells develop from the tissues of the nasopharynx – an area located behind the nose, just above the back of the throat. Chinese from endemic regions such as Hong Kong and Southern China have the highest risk of getting NPC. NPC is the ninth most common cancer among men in Singapore with the highest incidence in Chinese followed by Malays and is rare among Indians. [Singapore Cancer Registry Annual Registry Report, Trends in Cancer Incidence in Singapore 2015]
New drug applications approved by US FDA as of 01 - 15 October 2019 which includes New Molecular Entities (NMEs) and new biologics. It does not include Tentative Approvals. Supplemental approvals may have occurred since the original approval date.