ESMO 2019: Avelumab plus axitinib in patients who had not had nephrectomy

Results from a post-hoc analysis of JAVELIN-Renal 101 in patients with advanced renal cell carcinoma (RCC) who had not had a prior nephrectomy were presented at the European Society for Medical Oncology (ESMO) conference in Barcelona over the weekend. The JAVELIN Renal 101 study demonstrated a significant improvement in progression-free survival with avelumab plus axitinib […]

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ESMO 2019: Results from the TRAXAR study to assess TRC105 plus axitinib for metastatic kidney cancer

Results from the TRAXAR clinical trial to assess TRC105 plus axitinib in pre-treated patients with advanced renal cell carcinoma (RCC) were presented at the European Society for Medical Oncology (ESMO) conference in Barcelona over the weekend. Endoglin is an endothelial cell surface receptor that has a role in the development and growth of blood vessels (angiogenesis) […]

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ESMO 2019: Results from JAVELIN-Renal 101 trial for sarcomatoid kidney cancer

Results from the JAVELIN-Renal 101 clinical trial to assess avelumab plus axitinib in untreated patients with advanced renal cell carcinoma (RCC) with sarcomatoid characteristics were presented at the European Society for Medical Oncology (ESMO) conference in Barcelona over the weekend. Sarcomatoid RCC is an uncommon but highly aggressive form of RCC, which tends to have […]

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European Medicines Agency approves avelumab plus axitinib for first-line treatment of advanced kidney cancer

The Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use (CHMP) of the European Medicines Agency (EMA) today recommended the approval of the combination of avelumab plus axitinib for the first-line treatment of patients with advanced renal cell carcinoma (RCC). This recommendation is based on findings from the phase III JAVELIN Renal 101 study involving 886 patients, which demonstrated significant improvements in median […]

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European Commission approves pembrolizumab plus axitinib combination for first-line treatment of advanced kidney cancer

Based on the findings from the pivotal phase 3 KEYNOTE-426 trial, the European Commission has today approved pembrolizumab (anti-PD-1 therapy) in combination with axitinib (tyrosine kinase inhibitor) for patients with untreated, advanced renal cell carcinoma (RCC). The KEYNOTE-426 trial demonstrated a reduced risk of death by 47% with the combination compared to sunitinib in patients […]

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European Medicines Agency approves pembrolizumab plus axitinib for first-line treatment of advanced kidney cancer

The Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use (CHMP) of the European Medicines Agency (EMA) today recommended the approval of the combination of pembrolizumab plus axitinib for the first-line treatment of patients with advanced renal cell carcinoma (RCC). This is the first combination of immunotherapy (pembrolizumab) with a tyrosine kinase inhibitor (axitinib) to receive a […]

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Avelumab plus axitinib combination available via EAMS

It has just been announced that the avelumab plus axitinib combination has received positive scientific opinion for the Early Access to Medicines Scheme (EAMS) for the first-line treatment of advanced renal cell carcinoma (RCC). EAMS aims to give patients with life-threatening or seriously debilitating conditions access to medicines that do not yet have a marketing […]

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ASCO 2019: Biomarkers for advanced renal cell carcinoma from the JAVELIN Renal 101 study

Results from the biomarker analysis from the JAVALIN Renal 101 clinical trial were presented at the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) Annual Meeting in Chicago this week. JAVELIN Renal 101 compared the avelumab plus axitinib combination with sunitinib. There were 886 patients in the study, 442 received the combination and 444 received sunitinib. For […]

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Neoadjuvant axitinib to allow partial nephrectomy of cT2a renal tumours

A phase 2 study published in the British Journal of Urology last year evaluated the effectiveness of neoadjuvant axitinib given before surgery to reduce the size of renal tumours (stage cT2a) to enable partial nephrectomy in 18 patients. The tumours decreased in size in 16 of the 18 patients, and these 16 patients had a […]

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Avelumab plus axitinib granted FDA approval for advanced kidney cancer

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in the United States has approved the avelumab (Bavencio) plus axitinib (Inlyta) combination for first-line treatment of advanced renal cell carcinoma (RCC). The approval is the first by the FDA for an anti-PD-L1 therapy as part of a combination treatment for patients with advanced RCC. Around 20-30% of people […]

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