ASCO 2021: Cobozantinib plus nivolumab combination for non-clear cell kidney cancer

The cabozantinib/nivolumab combination has been shown to be effective at improving survival in patients with metastatic clear cell renal cell carcinoma (RCC) in a phase 3 trial. This study, presented at the American Society for Clinical Oncology (ASCO) Annual Meeting held virtually over the weekend reports the results of a phase 2 trial of cabozantinib/nivolumab […]

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Risk of blood clots in cancer patients receiving immunotherapy

A recent study published in Blood has suggested that cancer patients who are being treated with immunotherapy, in particular immune checkpoint inhibitors are at high risk for blood clots (thromboembolism), especially blood clots in veins (venous thromboembolism). Although, the study does not show a causal link between immune checkpoint inhibitor therapy and blood clots. The […]

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EIKCS 2021: Future treatments for metastatic kidney cancer

Despite the advances in first-line treatments for metastatic renal cell carcinoma (RCC) over the past few years, new treatments are on the horizon. In a presentation at the European International Kidney Cancer (EIKC) 2021 Virtual Annual Meeting, Dr Hans Hammers from University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in the USA discussed future treatments for metastatic […]

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EIKCS 2021: Second-line and later treatments for metastatic kidney cancer

The increase in the number of first-line treatments for metastatic renal cell carcinoma (RCC) over the past 3 years has had meaningful effects on the choice of second-line treatments. Dr Camillo Porta from the University of Pavia in Italy discussed the selection of second-line and later treatments in a presentation at the European International Kidney […]

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EIKCS 2021: Combination therapies for metastatic kidney cancer: Which Approach?

The use of combination therapies for the first-line treatment of metastatic renal cell carcinoma (RCC) has increased significantly over the past 3 years. However, there are now a number of potential first-line treatments, and choosing the most suitable treatment for each individual patient can be difficult. In a presentation at the European International Kidney Cancer […]

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Association of immune-related adverse events and outcomes in kidney cancer

Previous studies have shown that cancer patients who experience immune-related side effects (immune-related adverse events) when treated with immunotherapy may have a better response to treatment. This study looks at this effect in patients with metastatic renal cell carcinoma (RCC) treated with immune checkpoint inhibitors (immunotherapy). In the study, 43 patients with metastatic RCC were […]

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Patients with autoimmune disorders have more immune-related side effects to immunotherapy

A study published in The Oncologist recently shows that patients with pre-existing autoimmune disorders are at an increased risk of developing immune-related side effects when treated with immunotherapy. This is regardless of tumour type, gender and general wellbeing. However, these patients can still be treated with immunotherapy. The study included 751 patients with four different […]

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ASCO GU 2021: Immunotherapy for untreated non-clear cell kidney cancer

Results of a retrospective study presented during the 2021 American Society of Clinical Oncology Genitourinary Cancers Symposium (ASCO GU) looked at the effect of immune checkpoint inhibitors (immunotherapy, e.g. nivolumab, ipilimumab, pembrolizumab) on the survival of patients with metastatic non-clear cell renal cell carcinoma (RCC) compared to targeted therapy with vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) […]

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Effect of antibiotics on outcomes with systemic treatments for metastatic kidney cancer

The microbes in the gut (the gut microbiome) are a key part of our immune system. The use of antibiotics disrupts the gut microbiome and has been shown to make people susceptible to various illnesses. In this study, researchers investigated how antibiotics may influence response to treatment and clinical outcomes in people with metastatic renal […]

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Age-based outcomes in kidney cancer patients treated with first-line targeted therapy or immunotherapy

This study compared disease outcomes, treatments, and dose reductions in patients undergoing first-line treatment with targeted therapy or immune checkpoint inhibitor therapy (immunotherapy) for metastatic renal cell carcinoma (RCC) according to age. Patients aged ≥75 years had a longer time from diagnosis to start of treatment with targeted therapy than those aged <65 years and […]

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