Pilot study of radiation therapy plus pembrolizumab for kidney cancer

A recent publication in the American Journal of Clinical Oncology this month reports on part of an exploratory study to look at the effect of radiotherapy alone or in combination with pembrolizumab on the immune system, and to determine the efficacy of this treatment in patients with solid tumours. This is the first study to […]

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Deciding on the ideal first-line treatment for rare and advanced kidney cancer

Currently, doctors are unsure which is the best first-line treatment for patients with rare and advanced kidney cancers. During a debate at the 18th International Kidney Cancer Symposium (IKCS), 5 doctors discussed their opinions. During the debate, the use of immunotherapy versus targeted kinase inhibitors (TKI) for the first-line treatment of advanced non-clear cell renal […]

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Comparison of first-line immunotherapy combinations for advanced kidney cancer

In this paper, three clinical trials with immunotherapy combinations for the first-line treatment of clear renal cell carcinoma (RCC) are discussed. Dr  Robert Motzer from Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York compared the findings from the three trials at the Annual Chemotherapy Foundation Symposium (CFS) in New York last week. All three phase […]

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Lenvatinib plus pembrolizumab combination shows promise in metastatic kidney cancer

Interim results from an ongoing clinical trial of lenvatinib and pembrolizumab has shown promise in patients with metastatic clear cell renal cell carcinoma (RCC) who have already received an immune checkpoint inhibitor. The trial included up to 360 patients with various cancers, of which 33 patients had metastatic clear cell RCC. The patients took a […]

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Promising early studies with pegilodecakin plus immunotherapy in pretreated kidney cancer

A recent phase 1b clinical trial investigated the use of pegilodecakin in combination with anti-PD-1 monoclonal antibodies nivolumab or pembrolizumab. The combination showed a “favourable” response in patients with non-small cell lung cancer and kidney cancer. Pegilodecakin works by stimulating the survival, proliferation and “killing” potential of CD8+ T cells, which can recognise and destroy […]

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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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ASCO 2019: First-line pembrolizumab for advanced kidney cancer

Two presentations on the results of the KEYNOTE-427 clinical trial were given at the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) 2019 annual meeting in Chicago this week. KEYNOTE-427 is an open-label, multicentre, global phase 2 study evaluating the efficacy and safety of pembrolizumab as a first-line treatment for patients with advanced or metastatic renal cell […]

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Targeted therapies with immunotherapies in kidney cancer

The following video is an interview with Professor Thomas Powles from Barts Cancer Centre in London, where he is Professor of Genitourinary Oncology. During the interview, Professor Powles discusses the results of the phase III KEYNOTE-426 trial presented at the 2019 Genitourinary Cancers Symposium.  The data from KETNOTE-426 potentially redefines the standard of care in […]

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Pembrolizumab plus axitinib granted FDA approval for advanced kidney cancer

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in the United States has approved the pembrolizumab (Keytruda) plus axitinib (Inlyta) combination for first-line treatment of advanced renal cell carcinoma (RCC). The approval comes two months earlier than expected and is based on the results from the open-label KEYNOTE-426 study involving 861 patients. In this study, median progression-free […]

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