There appears to be no significant survival difference between first-line immune checkpoint inhibitor (ICI) and carboplatin-based chemotherapy in cisplatin-ineligible metastatic urothelial carcinoma patients, according to a Taiwan study presented at the recent 2019 Asia Congress of the European Society for Medical Oncology (ESMO Asia 2019).
Concurrent treatment with acid suppression therapy and capecitabine in colorectal cancer patients seems to result in decreased progression-free survival, with a trend towards lower overall survival, according to a study.
C-reactive protein/albumin ratio (CAR) can provide prognostic information on survival in pancreatic cancer, such that patients with high pretreatment CAR may have poorer overall survival, according to a study presented at the ESMO Asia 2019 Congress.
The trastuzumab biosimilar HLX02 was equivalent to the reference trastuzumab in terms of overall response rate (ORR) in women with HER2*-positive (HER2+) breast cancer, along with similar safety profile, reveals a study presented at ESMO Asia 2019.
Patients with advanced or metastatic renal cell carcinoma (RCC) who have not previously received treatment with vascular endothelial growth factor-tyrosine kinase inhibitors (VEGF-TKIs) may potentially benefit from treatment with the TKI pazopanib, according to interim analysis results of the PARACHUTE* trial presented at ESMO Asia 2019.
The combination of the aromatase inhibitor letrozole plus the Src kinase inhibitor dasatinib appears to be well tolerated and effective, with a clinical benefit rate of 71 percent in a cohort of postmenopausal patients with ER-positive, HER2-negative metastatic breast cancer, according to the results of a noncomparative phase II trial.
In India, nearly one in four unselected ovarian cancer patients present with germline pathogenic BRCA1/BRCA2 mutations, of whom 85 percent had no discernible family history of breast or ovarian cancer, according to a study presented at the recent 2019 Asia Congress of the European Society for Medical Oncology (ESMO Asia 2019).
Incorporating basic tumour characteristics, such as hormone receptor status and tumour origin, improves the power of the cell-loss metric to predict response to treatment, according to a new study presented at the recently concluded 2019 Asia Congress of the European Society for Medical Oncology (ESMO Asia 2019).
Final analysis of the POEMS (Prevention of Early Menopause) study finds that breast cancer (BC) patients treated with the gonadotrophin-releasing hormone agonist (GnRHa) goserelin, in addition to chemotherapy, are more likely to avoid premature menopause and to become pregnant without negatively impacting disease-related outcomes.
In breast cancer, especially hormone-negative tumours, an ultrasound-guided core biopsy (CNB) is useful for predicting pathologic complete response (pCR) to chemotherapy and may thus help to avoid surgery for some patients, a study has found.
Icotinib improves progression-free survival (PFS) and objective response rate (ORR) vs whole-brain irradiation (WBI) plus chemotherapy in Chinese patients with non-small-cell lung cancer (NSCLC) and brain metastases, according to a phase III study presented recently at the 17th World Conference on Lung Cancer (WCLC).