Adjuvant pembrolizumab gets positive opinion from the European CHMP

We have just learnt that the Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use (CHMP), the scientific committee of the European Medicines Agency (EMA), is recommending approval of pembrolizumab for the adjuvant treatment of people with intermediate to high risk renal cell carcinoma (RCC) following nephrectomy. The CHMP positive opinion will now be reviewed by the […]

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FDA approves adjuvant pembrolizumab for intermediate-high risk kidney cancer

The Food and Drug administration (FDA) in the USA has approved pembrolizumab for the adjuvant treatment of patients with renal cell carcinoma (RCC) at intermediate or high risk of recurrence following nephrectomy, or for RCC patients after having a nephrectomy and removal of metastases. Adjuvant therapy is medication that is given in addition to surgery to […]

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International Kidney Cancer Symposium (IKCS) 2021

The International Kidney Cancer Symposium (IKCS) 2021 took place in North America over the weekend. The following presentations are of interest to kidney cancer patients and their families and are published by UroToday: Award lecture: Dr Brian Lane gave the Andrew C. Novick Award Lecture with a talk focusing on the management of small (T1) […]

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Risks and benefits of adjuvant therapy for kidney cancer

Treatment of people with intermediate to high risk renal cell carcinoma (RCC) with medicine to prevent the cancer from coming back (adjuvant therapy) can benefit some patients, but it’s important for each patient to weigh the treatment benefit and potential risk of side effects on quality of life. Adjuvant therapy has been shown to delay […]

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ESMO 2021: Pembrolizumab as adjuvant therapy

Adjuvant therapy is medication that is given in addition to surgery to try to prevent the cancer from coming back. Adjuvant therapy can be used to kill any remaining microscopic cancer cells, or it can control the growth of any remaining cancer. Nephrectomy is the standard of care for renal cell carcinoma; however, the cancer can […]

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ASCO 2021: Pembrolizumab as adjuvant therapy for kidney cancer

Adjuvant therapy is medication that is given in addition to surgery (nephrectomy) to try to prevent the cancer from coming back. Adjuvant therapy can be used to kill any remaining microscopic cancer cells, or it can control the growth of any remaining cancer. Nephrectomy is the standard of care for renal cell carcinoma (RCC); however, […]

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Adjuvant pembrolizumab extends disease-free survival in kidney cancer patients

Interim results from a phase 3 clinical trial called KEYNOTE-564 have shown that pembrolizumab given after nephrectomy (adjuvant pembrolizumab) for intermediate to high risk renal cell carcinoma (RCC) prolonged disease-free survival compared with placebo. Adjuvant pembrolizumab also improved disease-free survival in patients who had surgery to remove metastases. The study included 950 patients with renal […]

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IKCS 2020: Treatment selection in kidney cancer

During this interview, Dr Rana McKay from the University of California in San Diego gives a succinct overview of the 19th Annual Meeting of the International Kidney Cancer Symposium (IKCS 2020), including highlights from the meeting. She also discussed the effects of delaying surgery for patients with low stage (T1 and T2) renal cell carcinoma […]

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Stereotactic radiation for the treatment of kidney cancer

This paper reviews the use of stereotactic body radiotherapy (SBRT) for the treatment of renal cell carcinoma (RCC), and was presented at the Society of Urologic Oncology (SUO) in Washington last week. In conclusion: RCC is radiosensitive and SBRT can be used to stabilise or manage the symptoms of primary tumours SBRT may be useful […]

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ESMO 2019: Results from SORCE clinical trial with adjuvant sorafenib

Results from the SORCE clinical trial to assess sorfenib as an adjuvant treatment for renal cell carcinoma (RCC) at intermediate or high risk of relapse were presented at the European Society for Medical Oncology (ESMO) conference in Barcelona over the weekend. As for previous large randomised phase 3 clinical trials (ASSURE, PROTECT, and ATLAS) to […]

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