ASCO GU 2021: Long-term follow-up of kidney cancer patients on nivolumab plus ipilimumab combination

Long-term follow-up data from the CheckMate-214 study of the nivolumab plus ipilimumab combination in untreated, advanced clear cell kidney cancer patients were presented at the virtual American Society for Clinical Oncology Genitourinary Cancers Symposium (ASCO GU) in San Francisco this weekend. Patients were followed for at least 4 years after treatment with nivolumab plus ipilimumab […]

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Patterns of metastases for clear cell, papillary and chromophobe RCC associated with survival

A recent study published in JAMA Network Open looked at the data from over 10,000 renal cell carcinoma (RCC) patients from the International Metastatic Renal Cell Carcinoma Database Consortium (IMDC) and reported on the sites of metastases for three of the RCC subtypes and their survival outcomes. Metastases from clear cell RCC (9252 patients, 92%) […]

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Pembrolizumab as first-line treatment for kidney cancer

The recent phase II KEYNOTE-427 study investigated the efficacy and safety of pembrolizumab in patients with untreated advanced clear cell renal cell carcinoma (RCC) and non-clear cell RCC. Pembrolizumab is a type of immunotherapy (an immune checkpoint inhibitor called a programmed death 1 inhibitor, PD-1), which has been shown to be effective in untreated patients […]

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Immune-related adverse events from cabozantinib plus atezolizumab as first-line treatment for advanced kidney cancer

The COSMIC-021 clinical trial investigated a combination of cabozantinib and atezolizumab in untreated clear-cell renal cell carcinoma (RCC). In this video interview, Dr Monty Pal from the City of Hope Hospital in California discusses the side effects from this combination of drugs. There were two groups of patients; one on 60 mg of cabozantinib plus […]

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Inflammatory biomarkers for non-metastatic kidney cancer

This study looked at inflammatory biomarkers in the blood for the diagnosis of non-metastatic renal cell carcinoma (RCC).  Inflammation is known to be associated with cancer, and there have been a number of studies that have looked at the relationship between cancer and inflammatory biomarkers. Inflammatory biomarkers such as the neutrophil/lymphocyte ratio, platelet/lymphocyte ratio, lymphocyte/monocyte […]

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ASCO 2020: Subtypes of kidney cancer differ in sites of metastases

A paper presented during the 2020 American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) Virtual Scientific Program last weekend showed that histologic subtypes of metastatic renal cell carcinoma (RCC) differ in the location of their metastases. For example, lung, adrenal, brain, and pancreatic metastases occur more frequently with clear cell RCC than with papillary RCC or chromophobe […]

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A potential biomarker for survival for non-metastatic kidney cancer

A recent study published in the journal International Urology and Nephrology this month evaluates mean platelet volume-to-lymphocyte ratio (MPVLR) as a biomarker for survival in patients undergoing nephrectomy for non-metastatic clear cell renal cell carcinoma (ccRCC). In the study, 344 patients with proven ccRCC that has not spread (non-metastatic) were treated with radical or partial […]

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The most complete catalogue of clear cell renal cell carcinoma (ccRCC)

Researchers at the University of Texas (UT) Southwestern Medical Center have developed what could be the most complete catalogue of clear cell renal cell carcinoma (ccRCC), the most common type of kidney cancer. This cancer is very diverse in character (heterogenous) and there is high variability in tumours. This heterogeneity makes is difficult to diagnose […]

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Panobinostat plus everolimus not effective in metastatic kidney cancer

A recent phase I clinical trial assessed the combination of everolimus (an mTOR inhibitor) with panobinostat (a histone deacetylase inhibitor) in 21 patients with clear-cell metastatic renal cell carcinoma (RCC) who had disease progression within 6 months of stopping treatment with VEGFR TKIs. Median progression-free survival was 4.1 months. Anaemia and thrombocytopenia were the most […]

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PD-L1 can be used to predict the likely course of kidney cancer

A recently published study evaluated the role of programmed-death receptor ligand (PD-L1) as an indicator of the likely course (prognosis) of clear cell renal cell carcinoma (RCC). A total of 738 patients were included in the study and followed for around 34 months. The presence of PD-L1 and PD-1 receptors in the tumour cells was […]

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