Solid Tumors

Nivolumab plus Ipilimumab Combination Improves Survival in Patients with Metastatic NSCLC

December 2019, Vol 10, No 6 - Lung Cancer

Barcelona, Spain—The immunotherapy combination of nivolumab (Opdivo) plus ipilimumab (Yervoy) improved overall survival (OS) compared with chemotherapy as first-line treatment in patients with advanced non–small-cell lung cancer (NSCLC) and PD-L1 expression ≥1%, according to results of CheckMate 227. The OS was also improved with nivolumab plus ipilimu­mab compared with chemotherapy in the total study population and in patients whose tumors had low (<1%) PD-L1 expression. [ Read More ]

Osimertinib Superior TKI as First-Line Treatment of Advanced NSCLC with EGFR Mutation

Phoebe Starr

December 2019, Vol 10, No 6 - Lung Cancer

Barcelona, Spain—Osimertinib (Tagrisso), a third-generation EGFR tyrosine kinase inhibitor (TKI), extended overall survival (OS) compared with older TKI EGFR inhibitors, including gefitinib (Iressa) or erlotinib (Tarceva), as first-line treatment for patients with advanced non–small-cell lung cancer (NSCLC) and EGFR mutation in the phase 3 clinical trial called FLAURA. [ Read More ]

FDA Grants Priority Review to Keytruda for Patients with High-Risk, Non–Muscle-Invasive Bladder Cancer

Yvette Florio Lane

Bladder Cancer, FDA Approvals, News & Updates, Immunotherapy

On December 2, 2019, Merck announced that the FDA has granted priority review for its supplemental biologics license application for the anti–PD-1 agent pembrolizumab (Keytruda). If approved, the drug would be indicated as monotherapy to treat patients with Bacillus Calmette-Guerin–unresponsive, high-risk, non–muscle-invasive bladder cancer who are ineligible for or have decided not to undergo cystectomy. [ Read More ]

Long-Term Data Confirm Survival Benefit for Pembrolizumab in Advanced NSCLC

Phoebe Starr

October 2019, Vol 10, No 5 - Lung Cancer

Chicago, IL—Treatment with the immune checkpoint inhibitor pembroliz­umab (Keytruda) dramatically improved 5-year survival for patients with advanced non–small-cell lung cancer (NSCLC) compared with expected survival in the preimmunotherapy era, according to the 5-year follow-up data from the phase 1b KEYNOTE-001 clinical trial. The study was presented at ASCO 2019 and was published simultaneously in the Journal of Clinical Oncology. [ Read More ]

Oral Cancer and Sex in the Era of HPV Infection

Meg Barbor, MPH

October 2019, Vol 10, No 5 - Head and Neck Cancer

San Francisco, CA—The increasing rate of infection with the human papilloma­virus (HPV) in the United States has changed the field of head and neck cancer, or oral cancer, and HPV infection now causes a growing majority (70%-90%) of oropharyngeal squamous-cell carcinomas. As its incidence is rising, so is patients’ curiosity about what sets this cancer apart from other malignancies. [ Read More ]