ESMO 2021: Belzutifan (MK-6482) plus cabozantinib for advanced clear cell RCC

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 several 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. This […]

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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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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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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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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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