ASCO GU 2021: Immunotherapy for untreated non-clear cell kidney cancer

Results of a retrospective study presented during the 2021 American Society of Clinical Oncology Genitourinary Cancers Symposium (ASCO GU) looked at the effect of immune checkpoint inhibitors (immunotherapy, e.g. nivolumab, ipilimumab, pembrolizumab) on the survival of patients with metastatic non-clear cell renal cell carcinoma (RCC) compared to targeted therapy with vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) […]

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Effect of antibiotics on outcomes with systemic treatments for metastatic kidney cancer

The microbes in the gut (the gut microbiome) are a key part of our immune system. The use of antibiotics disrupts the gut microbiome and has been shown to make people susceptible to various illnesses. In this study, researchers investigated how antibiotics may influence response to treatment and clinical outcomes in people with metastatic renal […]

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Effectiveness of targeted therapy after immunotherapy in metastatic kidney cancer patients

In this retrospective international study, the effectiveness of targeted therapy following discontinuation of immunotherapy for patients with metastatic renal cell carcinoma (RCC) in the real world was investigated. There were 314 patients in the study; 276 (87.9%) were treated with vascular endothelial growth factor receptor tyrosine kinase inhibitors (VEGFR-TKIs), such as sunitinib, axitinib and cabozantinib, […]

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Real world use of targeted therapies in war veterans with kidney cancer

A retrospective study of the use of targeted therapies for advanced renal cell carcinoma (RCC) in war veterans in the USA reported poorer overall survival outcomes than those from clinical trials, as well as shorter treatment durations for first-line therapies with more frequent adverse events, dose reductions, and drug discontinuations. The study was published in […]

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Panobinostat plus everolimus not effective in metastatic kidney cancer

A recent phase I clinical trial assessed the combination of everolimus (an mTOR inhibitor) with panobinostat (a histone deacetylase inhibitor) in 21 patients with clear-cell metastatic renal cell carcinoma (RCC) who had disease progression within 6 months of stopping treatment with VEGFR TKIs. Median progression-free survival was 4.1 months. Anaemia and thrombocytopenia were the most […]

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The effect of antibiotic use on outcomes with kidney cancer drug treatments

A recent study has looked at the use of antibiotics with systemic drug treatments for renal cell carcinoma (RCC). The study investigated patients taking immune checkpoint inhibitors (146 patients), interferon-α (510 patients), mTOR inhibitors (660 patients) and VEGF targeted therapies (2,974 patients). The latter three groups were on phase II/III clinical trials, while the immunotherapy […]

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Effect of antibiotic use on outcomes with systemic therapies in metastatic kidney cancer

This study, published in European Urology Oncology this week, investigated the impact of antibiotic use on clinical outcomes in patients with metastatic renal cell carcinoma (RCC) treated with systemic anti-cancer drugs. The use of antibiotics alters the microbes living in our guts (gut microbiota), which is a key regulator of immune system. In the study, […]

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Long term survival of patients with metastatic kidney cancer – a real world study

This real world study reports on the long term survival of patients with metastatic renal cell carcinoma (RCC) who have taken 1 to 4 lines of systemic drug treatment sequentially under real life conditions. Patients were treated according to their prognostic score (good, intermediate, poor). Overall survival was 57 months in patients with good or intermediate […]

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Current role of mTOR inhibitors in metastatic kidney cancer

The following video interview with Dr Eric Jonasch, from the MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, Texas, describes the current role of mTOR inhibitors for the treatment of metastatic renal cell carcinoma (mRCC). Watch the video interview on Practice Update here

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MD Anderson Cancer Center 13th Update on the Management of Genitourinary Malignancies Conference

The MD Anderson Cancer Center (MDACC) 13th Update on the Management of Genitourinary Malignancies Conference took place in Houston, Texas at the end of last week (9-10 November). Kidney cancer highlights from the meeting have been published by UroToday. You can read more online on UroToday below: MDACC 2018: Promising Emerging Systemic Therapies for mRCC MDACC […]

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