FDA approves belzutifan for VHL kidney cancer

The FDA has approved a new drug called belzutifan for people with von Hippel-Lindau (VHL) disease and renal cell carcinoma (RCC), CNS hemangioblastomas, or pancreatic neuroendocrine tumours (pNETS) who do not need surgery immediately. Belzutifan is a hypoxia-inducible factor-2 alpha (HIF-2α) inhibitor. Kidney cancers frequently have mutations in a gene called the von Hippel-Lindau (VHL) gene, resulting in […]

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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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FDA grants priority review for HIF-2α inhibitor belzutifan (MK-6482)

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has granted priority review for a marketing license for the hypoxia-inducible factor-2 alpha (HIF-2α) inhibitor, belzutifan. Belzutifan is a new medicine for the treatment of patients with von Hippel-Lindau (VHL) renal cell carcinoma (RCC) who do not need surgery immediately. Kidney cancers frequently have mutations in a gene called the […]

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Updated results from a trial with belzutifan for people with advanced kidney cancer

Kidney cancers frequently have mutations in the von Hippel-Lindau (VHL) gene, resulting in high levels of a protein called hypoxia-inducible factor, or HIF-2α. This results in a number of changes in the cancer cells and their surrounding environment that favour tumour growth. The novel hypoxia-inducible factor 2α (HIF-2α) inhibitor, belzutifan (MK-6482), blocks the action of HIF-2α. In a small […]

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HIF-2α inhibitor belzutifan to be fast-tracked for approval for VHL kidney cancer

Kidney cancers frequently have mutations in a gene called the von Hippel-Lindau (VHL) gene, resulting in high levels of a protein called hypoxia-inducible factor, or HIF-2α. This results in a number of changes in the cancer cells and their surrounding environment that favour tumour growth. The novel hypoxia-inducible factor 2α (HIF-2α) inhibitor, belzutifan (MK-6482), blocks […]

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ASCO GU 2021: Combination of HIF-2α inhibitor and cabozantinib is active in previously treated advanced kidney cancer

In a small phase 2 study presented at the virtual American Society of Clinical Oncology Genitourinary Cancers Symposium (ASCO GU), the novel hypoxia-inducible factor 2α (HIF-2α) inhibitor, belzutifan (MK-6482), showed promising anti-cancer activity in combination with cabozantinib in patients with metastatic clear cell renal cell carcinoma (RCC) that had been previously treated. Kidney cancers develop […]

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2020 top stories in kidney cancer

This article summarises the key breakthroughs in the treatment of renal cell carcinoma (RCC) in 2020, including a new first-line VEGF-TKI and immunotherapy combination (cabozantinib plus nivolumab) and immunotherapy as a new standard of treatment for patients with non−clear cell RCC and sarcomatoid RCC. Read more in Practice Update here Watch a video interview on […]

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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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HIF2α inhibitor provides significant clinical benefit in patients with VHL kidney cancer

One of the major breakthroughs this year the hypoxia-inducible factor (HIF)-2α inhibitor: MK6482 for von Hippel-Lindau (VHL) disease–related clear cell renal cell carcinoma (RCC). VHL disease is a hereditary disease that affects many organs of the body, such as the eyes, brain, spine, pancreas, kidneys and lymphatic system. It is caused by a mutation in […]

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Future for VHL kidney cancer is bright

Von Hippel-Lindau (VHL) disease–associated renal cell carcinoma (RCC) has always been difficult to treat. However, a group of researchers led by Dr William G. Kaelin Jr from the Dana-Faber Cancer Institute and Harvard Medical School in America have discovered treatments including immunotherapy, HIF-2α inhibitors, and potentially CDK4/6 inhibitors for the treatment of VHL-associated RCC. He […]

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