Immunotherapy

Durvalumab plus Tremelimumab Immunotherapy Combination Extends Survival in Refractory Colorectal Cancer

Wayne Kuznar

June 2019, Vol 10, No 3 - Immunotherapy

San Francisco, CA—The combination of the PD-1 inhibitor durvalumab ­(Imfinzi) and the investigational CTLA-4 inhibitor tremelimumab plus best supportive care improved overall survival (OS) by more than 2 months versus best supportive care alone in a phase 2 clinical trial of patients with refractory colorectal cancer (CRC), reported Eric Xueyu Chen, MD, PhD, Staff Oncologist, Princess Margaret Cancer Centre, Toronto, Canada, at the 2019 Gastrointestinal Cancers Symposium. [ Read More ]

Evolving Immuno-Oncology Strategies in Renal-Cell Carcinoma

Wayne Kuznar

June 2019, Vol 10, No 3 - Immunotherapy

San Francisco, CA—The era of immunotherapy has opened new perspectives in renal-cell carcinoma (RCC), which is one of the tumors most highly infiltrated with CD T-cells and PD-1 expression, partially accounting for its sensitivity to immunotherapy. Other mechanisms to explain its sensitivity include myeloid infiltration, metabolic alterations, loss-of-function mutations, and human endogenous retroviruses. [ Read More ]

Can Immunotherapy Work in Ovarian Cancer?

Wayne Kuznar

June 2019, Vol 10, No 3 - Immunotherapy

San Francisco, CA—Patients with ovarian cancer can respond to immunotherapy, but rationally designed synergistic combinations will be necessary to enhance upfront efficacy and to sustain durability, said Daniel J. Powell Jr, PhD, Scientific Director of Immunotherapy, Division of Gynecologic Oncology, Center for Cellular Immunotherapy, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, at the 2019 ASCO-SITC Clinical Immuno-Oncology Symposium. [ Read More ]

First Positive Showing for Mesothelin-Directed CAR T-Cell Therapy in Solid Tumors

Phoebe Starr

June 2019, Vol 10, No 3 - Immunotherapy

Atlanta, GA—Chimeric antigen receptor (CAR) T-cell therapy has had dramatic results in hematologic malignancies, but so far, getting CAR T-cells to work in solid tumors has proved elusive. That may be about to change if promising results from a phase 1 clinical trial are confirmed by further studies. The results of this pivotal study were presented at the 2019 American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) annual meeting. [ Read More ]

CAR T-Cell Therapy Associated with Unique, Acute Adverse Events Requiring Vigilant Monitoring

Wayne Kuznar

April 2019, Vol 10, No 2 - Immunotherapy

San Francisco, CA—Chimeric antigen receptor (CAR) T-cell therapy is associated with unique adverse events that require vigilant monitoring, aggressive care, and specialized management. Marco L. Davila, MD, PhD, Medical Oncologist, Blood and Marrow Transplant and Cellular Immunotherapy Program, Moffitt Cancer Center, Tampa, FL, provided an overview of this topic at the 2019 ASCO-SITC Clinical Immuno-Oncology Symposium. [ Read More ]

Genomic Markers of Response Improve Patient Selection for Immune Checkpoint Inhibitor Therapy

Wayne Kuznar

April 2019, Vol 10, No 2 - Immunotherapy

San Francisco, CA—Promising markers of response to immune checkpoint inhibition include tumor mutation burden (TMB) and genomic markers that reflect a disruption of the tumor immunity cycle, said Natalie Vokes, MD, MPhil, Medical Oncology Fellow, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Boston, at the 2019 ASCO-SITC Clinical Immuno-Oncology Symposium. [ Read More ]

Personalizing Immunotherapy in NSCLC Using PD-L1 and Tumor Mutation Burden as Biomarkers

Wayne Kuznar

April 2019, Vol 10, No 2 - Immunotherapy, Lung Cancer

San Francisco, CA—Tumor expression of PD-L1 has consistently predicted ­response and survival outcomes in non–small-cell lung cancer (NSCLC), whereas the role of PD-L1 in immune cells is unclear, said Edward B. Garon, MD, Director, Thoracic Oncology Program, David Geffen School of Medicine, University of California, Los Angeles, at the 2019 ASCO-SITC Clinical Immuno-Oncology Symposium. [ Read More ]

Explosive Development of BCMA CAR T-Cell Therapy for Multiple Myeloma

Phoebe Starr

Immunotherapy, Multiple Myeloma

A dizzying array of new chimeric antigen receptor (CAR) T-cell therapies targeting the B-cell maturation antigen (BCMA) designed specifically for the treatment of multiple myeloma was presented at the 2018 American Society of Hematology (ASH) annual meeting. BCMA-targeted CAR T-cell therapies are designed to improve T-cell persistence, depth of response, and tolerability. Response rates reported at ASH 2018 range from 70% to 100%, depending on the patient population and the use of previous regimens. [ Read More ]

Durable Responses to CAR T-Cell Therapy in B-Cell Lymphomas

Phoebe Starr

January/February 2019, Vol 10, No 1 | Payers’ Perspectives In Oncology: ASH 2018 Highlights - Immunotherapy

San Diego, CA—Longer-term follow-up of 2 large pivotal clinical trials in B-cell malignancies has demonstrated continuing remissions after chimeric antigen ­receptor (CAR) T-cell therapy: the ELIANA study in pediatric patients and young adults with relapsed or refractory B-acute lymphoblastic leukemia (B-ALL) and the JULIET study in adult patients with diffuse large B-cell lymphoma (DLBCL). Both updates were presented at a press conference at ASH 2018. [ Read More ]