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Michael J. Wagner, MD, talks about the struggle to investigate angiosarcoma, the ways research cooperatives have had recent success in driving the science forward, and the potential for immunotherapy in this disease.
Welcome to OncLive On Air®! I’m your host today, Jason Harris.
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In today’s episode, I spoke with Michael J. Wagner, MD, about angiosarcoma for OncLive’s Rare Cancer series. Dr Wagner is a physician with the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance, an assistant professor with the University of Washington School of Medicine, and an assistant member at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center.
Angiosarcoma is a rare subset of soft tissue sarcoma. Angiosarcomas make up about 2% of soft tissue sarcomas, which account for approximately 1% of all cancers in the United States.
Prognosis for angiosarcoma is “dismal,” with a 5-year overall survival (OS) rate of just 24.3% for patients diagnosed from 2005 to 2014. For patients with metastatic disease, the 3-year OS rate is 3.8%.
There is a great unmet medical need in angiosarcoma, and Dr Wagner is optimistic that immunotherapy could be the answer. In 2021, he and his colleagues published findings from the phase 2 DART trial (NCT02834013) evaluating ipilimumab (Yervoy) plus nivolumab (Opdivo) for patients with metastatic or unresectable angiosarcoma. Although only 16 patients could be evaluated for efficacy, investigators observed an overall response rate of 25%, and 2 patients had ongoing responses beyond 12 months.
In our exclusive interview, Dr Wagner talked about the struggle to investigate this rare disease, the ways research cooperatives have had recent success in driving the science forward, and the potential for immunotherapy in this disease.
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