Lauren M. Green


Nivolumab Alone or With Ipilimumab Controls Disease, Extends Survival, in Mesothelioma

June 5th 2017

Nivolumab as monotherapy or in combination with ipilimumab may present a new second- or third-line treatment option for patients with malignant pleural mesothelioma, based on preliminary findings from a phase II trial where nivolumab alone or in the combination improved disease control and prolonged survival in patients with this rare but aggressive cancer.

Patients With Advanced Cancer Live Longer When They Report Symptoms Online and in Real Time

June 4th 2017

Patients receiving treatment for metastatic cancer who used a web-based tool to report their symptoms either while at home or during clinic visits lived on average 5 months longer than their counterparts who had standard symptom monitoring, according to findings of a randomized trial reported at the 2017 ASCO Annual Meeting.

Larotrectinib Yields Impressive Responses Across All Age Groups and Tumor Types Harboring TRK Fusion Mutations

June 4th 2017

Three out of 4 patients representing a range of TRK fusion–positive solid tumors responded to the novel pan-TRK inhibitor larotrectinib (LOXO-101) and remain on treatment, setting the stage for the well-tolerated oral agent to become a standard of care for adults and children with any advanced tumor harboring this mutation.

CALM Psychotherapy Eases Depression and Distress in Patients With Advanced Cancer

June 3rd 2017

Advanced cancer exacts an overwhelming emotional toll, and a brief but novel psychological intervention involving individual therapy sessions delivered by trained therapists has been shown to alleviate patients’ distress and help them to manage the profound and practical problems that come with this diagnosis.

Eating Nuts After Colon Cancer Improves Survival and Lowers Recurrence Risk

May 18th 2017

Findings of a new prospective study suggest that eating tree nuts like almonds, walnuts, and pecans can improve overall survival and reduce the risk of recurrence in patients with colon cancer.

FDA Approves Co-Packaging of Ribociclib With Letrozole for Metastatic Breast Cancer

May 9th 2017

The FDA has approved co-packaging of the oral medications ribociclib (Kisqali) and letrozole (Femara) for the treatment of postmenopausal women with HR-positive, HER2-negative advanced breast cancer.

Adding Coxsackievirus to Ipilimumab Displays Durable Antitumor Activity in Advanced Melanoma

April 4th 2017

Adding a formulation of the Coxsackievirus A21 (CAVATAK®) to ipilimumab (Yervoy) yielded an overall response rate of 50% and was well-tolerated in immunotherapy-naïve and pretreated patients with advanced melanoma.

Tumor Treating Fields Substantially Improve Survival in GBM

April 3rd 2017

Tumor treating fields reduced the risk of death by 37% and overall survival was extended by a median of 5 months for patients with glioblastoma multiforme, in a landmark analysis of the EF-14 trial.

Five-Year Survival Rate an Impressive 16% With Nivolumab in Advanced NSCLC

April 3rd 2017

Long-term survival in patients with metastatic non–small cell lung cancer who received the immune checkpoint inhibitor nivolumab (Opdivo) has proven to be much higher than expected, with 16% of these patients surviving after 5 years, equivalent to about 4 times what would be expected with chemotherapy.

Endometrial Cancer Survivors at High Risk for Cardiotoxicity

February 24th 2017

A new study has provided yet more evidence that survivors of endometrial cancer should be closely monitored for cardiovascular disease.