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Immunotherapy with Checkpoint Inhibitor Durvalumab Show Promise in Triple Negative Breast Cancer (06-22-2017)

Doctors from Yale Cancer Center presented new data at the American Society of Clinical Oncology meeting on the impact of combining the immune checkpoint inhibitor (durvalumab/MEDI4736) with chemotherapy as preoperative treatment for early stage triple... Continue Reading

Precision Therapy Enasidenib Effective in Treating Acute Myeloid Leukemia (06-20-2017)

According to early clinical trial results published in the journal Blood, some patients with relapsed or treatment-resistant acute myeloid leukemia may achieve remission with an experimental targeted therapy. AML is the most lethal of the blood cancers,... Continue Reading

FDA Fast Track Designation Granted To CB-839 For Treatment Of Patients With Renal Cell Carcinoma (06-19-2017)

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has granted Fast Track designation to CB-839 in combination with afinitor® (everolimus), for the treatment of patients with metastatic renal cell carcinoma who have received 2 or more prior lines of therapy. ... Continue Reading

With Nearly Three Years of Follow-Up, Keytruda® Continues to have Improved Survival Benefit Compared to Yervoy® in Advanced Melanoma (06-15-2017)

Keytruda® (pembrolizumab) continues to outperform Yervoy® (ipilimumab) as initial treatment of patients with advanced melanoma. Updated results of the KEYNOTE 006 trial presented at the 2017 annual meeting of the American Society of Clinical Oncology... Continue Reading

Sprycel Effective for Treatment of Pediatric Chronic Myeloid Leukemia (06-14-2017)

In 2002, the FDA approved the drug Gleevec (imatinib) as a first-line therapy for adults with chronic myeloid leukemia (CML) caused by the fusion gene BCR-ABL, known as the Philadelphia chromosome. The approval dramatically extended the lives of patients... Continue Reading

Alecensa Superior to Xalkori in Treatment of Lung Cancer (06-12-2017)

Alecensa (alectinib) halted the spread of lung cancer for a median of 15 months longer than treatment with rival Xalkori (crizotinib) with fewer side effects, according to trial results presented at the 2017 American Society of Clinical Oncology annual... Continue Reading

FDA Expands use of Zykadia® in First-Line ALK-Positive Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer (06-9-2017)

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved the expanded use of Zykadia® (ceritinib) to include the first-line treatment of patients with metastatic non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) whose cancers are anaplastic lymphoma kinase (ALK)-positive,... Continue Reading

Shows Improved Outcomes with Addition of Keytruda® in Triple Negative High-Risk Breast Cancer (06-9-2017)

The results from the I-SPY 2 TRIAL investigating Keyytruda (pembrolizumab), in combination with standard therapy as a pre-operative (neoadjuvant) treatment for patients with locally advanced breast cancer were released at the 2017 American Society of... Continue Reading

Abiraterone Delays Metastatic Prostate Cancer Growth by 18 Months, Extends Survival (06-7-2017)

Adding Zytiga (abiraterone acetate) plus prednisone to standard hormonal therapy for men with newly diagnosed, metastatic prostate cancer lowers the chance of death by 38%, and more than doubled the median time until the cancer worsened, from 14.8 months... Continue Reading

Targeted Therapies Show Initial Effectiveness in Subset of Papillary Thyroid Cancer (06-6-2017)

Two immunotherapy drugs currently approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the treatment of melanoma also show promise for treating a rare but aggressive form of papillary thyroid cancer. Up to 44 percent of papillary thyroid cancer... Continue Reading

Personalized Cell Therapy Combined with Imbruvica Achieves Complete Remission in High Percentage of Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia Patients (06-5-2017)

Combining the kinase inhibitor Imbruvica (ibrutinib) with an investigational personalized cellular therapy known as CTL119 can lead to complete remission in patients with high-risk chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL), according to new research from the Perelman... Continue Reading

Radiation Therapy can Enhance Effectiveness of Immunotherapy in People With Advanced Lung Cancer (06-2-2017)

UCLA RESEARCH ALERT FINDINGS A new study by UCLA scientists has found that the breakthrough immunotherapy drug Keytruda (pembrolizumb)  can be more effective in improving survival in people with non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) if they have previously... Continue Reading

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