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Keytruda® Active in Small Cell Lung Cancer (12-27-2016)

Recently updated findings from the phase 1b KEYNOTE-028 study investigating the use of Keytruda® (pembrolizumab) in small cell lung cancer (SCLC) were recently presented at the 17th World Conference on Lung Cancer. Lung cancer remains the leading cause... Continue Reading

Rubraca™ Is Granted Accelerated Approval for Advanced Ovarian Cancer (12-20-2016)

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has granted accelerated approval to Rubraca™ (rucaparib) for the treatment of women with advanced ovarian cancer who have been treated with two or more chemotherapies and whose tumors have a BRCA gene mutation. Each... Continue Reading

5-Year Survival Improved with Early Use of Jakafi® in Myelofibrosis (12-20-2016)

An analysis of 5-year data from two large clinical trials provide conclusive support that treatment with Jakafi® (ruxolitinib) improves long-term survival, compared to other treatment options for patients with myelofibrosis. Perhaps even more importantly,... Continue Reading

Tagrisso®: New Standard of Care for Certain Lung Cancer (12-19-2016)

Treatment with the targeted agent Tagrisso (osimertinib) significantly delayed cancer progression, and resulted in fewer side effects, than standard chemotherapy for patients with advanced non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) whose cancer had progressed... Continue Reading

Interferon No Better Than Hydroxyurea and Associated with Worse Side Effects in Polycythemia Vera and Essential Thrombocythemia (12-16-2016)

The use of interferon as initial therapy in MPN is associated with worsening side effects the longer it is used for treatment. These results were recently presented at the 2016 annual meeting of the American Society of Hematology. Myeloproliferative neoplasms... Continue Reading

Gazyva® Improves Outcomes Compared to Rituxan® in Untreated Follicular Lymphoma (12-15-2016)

Treatment including the targeted agent Gazyva (obinutuzumab) delays cancer progression for a longer period of time than treatment with Rituxan (rituximab) among patients with follicular lymphoma who have not received prior therapy. These results were... Continue Reading

FDA Grants Iclusig® Expanded Approval for CML (12-14-2016)

The United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has granted Iclusig® (ponatinib) approval to treat all phases of chronic myeloid leukemia (CML) in adults, as well as Philadelphia-chromosome positive acute lymphoblastic leukemia (Ph+ALL) who are... Continue Reading

Should HER2 Testing Be Routinely Performed in Patients with Gastric Cancer? (12-8-2016)

The short answer is yes! New evidence-based guidelines for human epidermal growth factor receptor 2 (HER2) testing in advanced gastric and gastroesophageal adenocarcinoma (GEA) have been released jointly by the College of American Pathologists (CAP),... Continue Reading

ASCO Recommends Early Integration of Palliative Care for Advanced Cancers (12-5-2016)

The American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) has updated its guidelines on the integration of palliative care for patients diagnosed with advanced cancer, as well as their caretakers. In essence, the guidelines state that palliative care should be... Continue Reading

Cabometyx™ Improves Time to Cancer Progression as Initial Therapy in Kidney Cancer (12-5-2016)

The agent Cabometyx™ (cabozantinib) improves anti-cancer responses and time to cancer progression compared to Sutent® (sunitinib) when used as initial therapy for advanced kidney cancer. These results were recently published in the Journal of Clinical... Continue Reading

Duration of Blood Storage Does Not Affect Outcomes for Patients Requiring Blood Transfusions (12-1-2016)

The length of time that blood is stored prior to a blood transfusion, within normal ranges, does not appear to affect mortality among patients requiring transfusions. These results were recently published in the New England Journal of Medicine. Many patients... Continue Reading

Darzalex® Approved for Additional Indications in Multiple Myeloma (11-29-2016)

The United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved Darzalex® (daratumumab) for the treatment of multiple myeloma among patients who have received at least one prior therapy. The new FDA indication also requires that daratumumab be used... Continue Reading

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