ESMO 2021: First-line nivolumab/ipilimumab – probability of survival in 5-year follow-up

The use of two medicines together (combination therapies) for previously untreated patients with RCC that has spread (metastatic RCC) is fast becoming standard treatment for these patients. A study called CheckMate-214 showed that a combination of the immune checkpoint inhibitors nivolumab plus ipilimumab helped patients with intermediate or high risk RCC live longer than those […]

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ESMO 2021: Alternative treatment schedule for ipilimumab plus nivolumab in first-line treatment of advanced RCC (PRISM)

Ipilimumab plus nivolumab is a standard first-line treatment for patients with intermediate and poor-risk advanced RCC. Serious or life-threatening side effects are relatively common with this combination. The aim of this phase 2 trial (PRISM) was to see if changing the treatment schedule for ipilimumab in combination with nivolumab can improve tolerability of this treatment […]

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ASCO 2021: Gut microbiome boosts nivolumab/ipilimumab activity

Recent evidence suggests that the bacteria in the gut (the gut microbiome) interacts with immune checkpoint inhibitors in metastatic renal cell carcinoma (RCC). In this study the bacterium Clostridium butyricum was investigated to see if it could modulate the gut microbiome in patients with metastatic RCC being treated with the nivolumab/ipilimumab combination and improve clinical […]

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ASCO 2021: Nivolumab plus ipilimumab for the treatment of kidney cancer brain metastases

Brain metastases resulting from the spread of renal cell carcinoma (RCC) are especially difficult to treat because drugs are stopped from getting to the brain by a membrane called the blood-brain barrier. Most patients with brain metastases have, therefore, been excluded from phase 3 clinical trials. In the phase 3/4 CheckMate 920 study, presented at […]

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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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ASCO GU 2021: Nivolumab plus ipilimumab combination in patients with non-clear cell kidney cancer

Data from the CheckMate-920 study on the safety and effectiveness of nivolumab plus ipilimumab in patients with advanced non-clear cell renal cell carcinoma (nccRCC) was presented at the virtual American Society for Clinical Oncology Genitourinary Cancers Symposium (ASCO GU) in San Francisco this weekend. CheckMate-920 is a community-based, phase IIIb/IV clinical trial of nivolumab plus […]

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Nivolumab plus ipilimumab for first-line treatment of advanced kidney cancer: Extended 4-year follow-up

Four-year follow up data are now available from the CheckMate 214 clinical trial with the nivolumab plus ipilimumab combination in patients with metastatic renal cell carcinoma (RCC). These data show an improvement in progression-free and overall survival with the nivolumab plus ipilimumab combination compared to sunitinib in the intermediate-/poor-risk patient groups. The durability of the […]

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Survival outcomes for patients on ipilimumab plus nivolumab combination therapy

Further results from the ongoing CheckMate 214 phase III study have been released. In this study, 550 patients with advanced renal cell carcinoma (RCC) were randomised to receive ipilimumab plus nivolumab and 546 were randomised to be treated with sunitinib. Patients with intermediate- or poor-risk RCC responded well to ipilimumab plus nivolumab and progression-free and […]

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ASCO 2020: Nivolumab plus ipilimumab combination for previously treated kidney cancer

Results from the phase II FRACTION-RCC clinical trial to assess the nivolumab plus ipilimumab combination in previously treated advanced renal cell carcinoma (RCC) patients were presented during the 2020 American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) Virtual Scientific Program at the weekend. The study looked at 46 patients with previously treated RCC that was not responding to […]

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ASCO 2020: Optimised treatment of advanced kidney cancer with nivolumab and ipilimumab

Two studies were presented during the 2020 American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) Virtual Scientific Program to investigate whether initial treatment of metastatic renal cell carcinoma (RCC) patients with nivolumab followed by the addition of ipilimumab for patients with either stable or progressive disease would be as effective as upfront combination therapy and with less side […]

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