Immuno-Oncology | Specialty

Frontline Pembrolizumab Maintains Survival Benefit Over Chemo in PD-L1+ NSCLC

January 28th 2021

January 28, 2021 — Frontline pembrolizumab continued to demonstrate clinically meaningful improvements in overall survival, overall response rate, and time to progression on next-line therapy compared with platinum-based chemotherapy in patients with locally advanced or metastatic PD-L1–positive non–small cell lung cancer without sensitizing EGFR or ALK mutations.

Pembrolizumab Continues to Improve Survival in PD-L1–Positive Advanced NSCLC

January 28th 2021

January 28, 2021 - Pembrolizumab continued to demonstrate a clinically meaningful improvement in overall and progression-free survival, compared with docetaxel, in patients with previously treated, PD-L1–positive advanced non-small cell lung cancer after more than 5 years of follow-up.

Pembrolizumab/Chemo Demonstrates Continued OS Improvement in Nonsquamous NSCLC

January 28th 2021

January 28, 2021 — Pembrolizumab in combination with chemotherapy continued to show improved overall survival and progression-free survival compared with chemotherapy alone in patients with previously untreated metastatic nonsquamous non–small cell lung cancer.

Tislelizumab Prolongs Survival in Advanced, Unresectable, or Metastatic ESCC

January 28th 2021

January 28, 2021 - The anti–PD-1 antibody tislelizumab was found to significantly improve overall survival compared with investigator’s choice of chemotherapy in the treatment of patients with advanced, unresectable, or metastatic esophageal squamous cell carcinoma.

Dr. Rizvi on the Implications of the CheckMate-227 Trial With Nivolumab/Ipilimumab in NSCLC

January 26th 2021

Naiyer A. Rizvi, MD, discusses the clinical implications of the CheckMate-227 trial examining the use of nivolumab plus ipilimumab in the treatment of patients with non–small cell lung cancer.

Novartis Signs In-Licensing Agreement With BeiGene to Expand Tislelizumab Trials Globally

January 26th 2021

January 26, 2021 - Novartis has signed a strategic collaboration agreement to in-license the PD-1 inhibitor tislelizumab from BeiGene, Ltd, in various markets outside of China.

Frontline Pembrolizumab Approved in Europe for Metastatic MSI-H/dMMR CRC

January 26th 2021

January 26, 2021 - The European Commission has approved single-agent pembrolizumab for use in the frontline treatment of patients with metastatic microsatellite instability–high or mismatch repair deficient colorectal cancer.

Novel Checkpoints Could Broaden the Benefit of Immunotherapy in NSCLC

January 26th 2021

Martin E. Gutierrez, MD, discusses some of the most encouraging ongoing clinical trials in metastatic NSCLC.

Avelumab Approved in Europe for Frontline Maintenance in Metastatic Urothelial Carcinoma

January 25th 2021

January 25, 2021 - The European Commission has approved avelumab for use as a frontline maintenance option in the treatment of adult patients with locally advanced or metastatic urothelial carcinoma who did not progress after having received platinum-based chemotherapy.

FDA Approves Nivolumab Plus Cabozantinib for Advanced RCC

January 22nd 2021

January 22, 2021 - The FDA has approved the combination of nivolumab plus cabozantinib for the frontline treatment of patients with advanced renal cell carcinoma.

Immunotherapy Could Restore the Value of Neoadjuvant Therapy in Lung Cancer

January 22nd 2021

David Spigel, MD, discusses ongoing research with immunotherapy in early-stage lung cancer.

FDA Grants Priority Review to Retifanlimab for Squamous Cell Carcinoma of the Anal Canal

January 21st 2021

January 21, 2021 - The FDA has granted priority review to a biologics license application for retifanlimab for the treatment of adult patients with locally advanced or metastatic squamous cell carcinoma of the anal canal who were intolerant of or who had progressed on platinum-based chemotherapy.

Dr. Burris on the Potential for Novel Checkpoint Inhibitor Combinations in Oncology

January 21st 2021

Howard A. “Skip” Burris, III, MD, FASCO, FACP, discusses the potential of novel combination strategies with checkpoint inhibitors in oncology.

FDA Grants Priority Review to Adjuvant Nivolumab for Resected Esophageal or GEJ Cancer

January 20th 2021

The FDA has granted priority review to a supplemental biologics license application for nivolumab for use as an adjuvant treatment for patients with resected esophageal or gastroesophageal junction cancer following neoadjuvant chemoradiation treatment.

FDA Grants Priority Review to Nivolumab/Chemo for Frontline Metastatic Gastric, GEJ, and Esophageal Cancer

January 20th 2021

January 20, 2021 - The FDA has granted a priority review to a supplemental biologics license application for nivolumab in combination with a fluoropyrimidine- and platinum-containing chemotherapy for use in patients with advanced or metastatic gastric cancer, gastroesophageal junction cancer, or esophageal adenocarcinoma.

Addition of Pembrolizumab to Chemo Does Not Negatively Impact QoL in Patients With Esophageal Cancer

January 16th 2021

January 16, 2021 - Health-related quality of life during an 18-week period proved to be similar over for patients with esophageal cancer treated with either pembrolizumab or placebo added to chemotherapy.

Fixed-Dose Durvalumab Approved in Europe for Unresectable NSCLC

January 15th 2021

January 15, 2021 - Durvalumab has been approved in the European Union and the United Kingdom for a fixed-dose option of 1,500 mg every 4 weeks for use in patients with locally advanced, unresectable non–small cell lung cancer whose tumors have a PD-L1 expression of at least 1% and who have not experienced disease progression after platinum-based chemoradiation treatment.

Frontline Tislelizumab/Chemo Approved in China for Advanced Squamous NSCLC

January 14th 2021

January 14, 2020 - The China National Medical Products Administration has approved tislelizumab for use in combination with 2 chemotherapy regimens in the frontline treatment of patients with advanced squamous non–small cell lung cancer.

Immunotherapy Inches Forward in Development of Myeloid Malignancies

January 14th 2021

Amer Zeidan, MD, MHS, discusses how survival for patients with acute myeloid leukemia and myelodysplastic syndrome remains poor, and although immunotherapy has been positioned as a holy grail, it would be preemptive to predict its future based on the number of small studies that have been performed to date.

Expert Perspectives on Promising Data Discussed at the Immunotherapy Non–Small Cell Lung Cancer Workshop

January 11th 2021

Sarah Goldberg, MD, MPH, discusses a network meta-analysis of randomized trials of chemoimmunotherapy with in patients with advanced disease, data suggest that certain populations with high, and perhaps low, PD-L1 expression may not require combination therapy, which would minimize adverse event potential.