Pegilodecakin alone or in combination for heavily pre-treated advanced kidney cancer patients

This study looked at the use of pegilodecakin alone or in combination with immunotherapy or targeted therapy for the treatment of people with advanced solid tumours. Pegilodecakin is a form of cytokine called interleukin-10. The interleukin-10 is attached to a substance called polyethylene glycol (PEG) to improve how the drug works to unleash the immune […]

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Nivolumab/cabozantinib combination approved in EU for first-line kidney cancer treatment

The European Commission has approved the use of the nivolumab plus cabozantinib combination for the first-line treatment of people with advanced renal cell carcinoma (RCC). The combination is now licensed for use within the European Union. The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) will need to approve the nivolumab plus cabozantinib combination before it […]

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Immune checkpoint inhibitors for sarcomatoid kidney cancer

Sarcomatoid renal cell carcinoma (sRCC) is a rare and aggressive form of RCC in which the tumour cells look like the cells of a sarcoma (cancer of connective tissue such as muscles, nerves, fat, blood vessels etc.). Patients with metastatic RCC with sarcomatoid features are difficult to treat and do not respond well to targeted […]

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Atezolizumab plus bevacizumab for metastatic kidney cancer patients with disease progression on atezolizumab or sunitinib

A study published in European Urology this month looks at the use of immunotherapy combined with a vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) inhibitor as second-line treatment for metastatic clear cell renal cell carcinoma (RCC). The study investigates the safety and effectiveness of a combination of atezolizumab (immunotherapy) with bevacizumab (VEGF inhibitor) in the second line after […]

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Anti-cancer vaccine ilixadencel plus sunitinib show promise for untreated metastatic kidney cancer

A phase 2 clinical trial with a new treatment called ilixadencel in combination with sunitinib has shown to improve overall survival in newly diagnosed patients with metastatic renal cell carcinoma (RCC). People given the combination treatment lived 10 months longer than those on sunitinib alone, suggesting that ilixadencel aids survival in these patients. Ilixadencel is […]

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Longer term outcomes with pembrolizumab plus axitinib combination for advanced kidney cancer

This Practice Update interview with Dr Monty Pal from City of Hope Hospital, Duarte, USA and Dr Jun Gong from Cidars-Sinai Medical Centre, Los Angeles, USA reports further follow-up data from the KEYNOTE-426 clinical trial. KEYNOTE-426 is a phase 3 trial looking at the effectiveness of a combination of axitinib and pembrolizumab compared to sunitinib […]

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Nivolumab/cabozantinib combination recommended for EMA approval for first-line kidney cancer

The Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use (CHMP) of the European Medicines Agency (EMA) has recommended approval of the nivolumab plus cabozantinib combination for the first-line treatment of people with advanced renal cell carcinoma (RCC). The European Commission will now review the CHMP recommendation and make a final decision in the next few months […]

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ASCO GU 2021: Outcomes of first-line immunotherapy combinations in metastatic kidney cancer

Combinations of immunotherapy drugs nivolumab plus ipilimumab and immunotherapy/vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) inhibitors are widely used for the treatment of metastatic renal cell carcinoma (RCC). However, limited information is available to compare the outcomes from different combinations. At the virtual American Society of Clinical Oncology Genitourinary Cancers Symposium (ASCO GU) over the weekend, data […]

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ASCO GU 2021: Combinations of lenvatinib plus pembrolizumab or everolimus improved survival in untreated patients with advanced kidney cancer

Results from the phase 3 CLEAR study, presented at the virtual American Society of Clinical Oncology Genitourinary Cancers Symposium over the weekend, showed that lenvatinib used in combination with either pembrolizumab or everolimus resulted in improved survival and tumour shrinkage compared to sunitinib when used as a first-line treatment for patients with advanced renal cell […]

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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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