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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Use of isatuximab (Isa) in combination with pomalidomide and dexamethasone (PomDex) appears to lead to more favourable outcomes in elderly patients with relapsed/refractory multiple myeloma (RRMM) as compared with PomDex alone, according to the results of a subgroup analysis of the ICARIA-MM trial presented at the 61st Annual Meeting of the American Society of Hematology (ASH 2019).
Pharmaceutical industry representatives highlighted lesser-known career opportunities for licensed pharmacists at the recent Pharmaceutical Industries Pharmacists Insights 3.0 (PIPI 3.0) symposium in Petaling Jaya.