Patient-reported outcomes with nivolumab plus cabozantinib in advanced kidney cancer

Ongoing results from the phase 3 CheckMate-9ER clinical trial with nivolumab plus cabozantinib have been published in The Lancet Oncology this week. Previous trial results have shown that the nivolumab/cabozantinib combination doubled the average time to when the treatment stopped working and the cancer started growing again (progression-free survival) compared to sunitinib and nearly twice as many previously untreated renal cell carcinoma (RCC) patients responded […]

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First-line nivolumab plus ipilimumab in kidney cancer patients without nephrectomy

A recent post hoc analysis of the CheckMate 214 trial looked at the nivolumab plus ipilimumab combination in 108 patients with advanced renal cell carcinoma (RCC) who had not had surgery to remove their cancer (nephrectomy). Patients were randomised to nivolumab plus ipilimumab every 3 weeks followed by nivolumab alone (53 patients) or sunitinib every […]

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Real world incidence of immune-related side effects to ipilimumab/nivolumab in kidney cancer patients

A recent study published in Journal of Clinical Medicine this month reports the real-world incidence of immune-related side effects associated with nivolumab plus ipilimumab in patients with renal cell carcinoma (RCC). This observational study looked at the incidence and severity of immune-related side effects in 41 patients taking nivolumab plus ipilimumab for the treatment of […]

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SMC approves cabozantinib/nivolumab combination for advanced kidney cancer in Scotland

The Scottish Medicines Consortium (SMC) has approved the use of the combination of cabozantinib (a vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) inhibitor) plus nivolumab (an immunotherapy) for use by NHS Scotland for the treatment of untreated people with advanced renal cell carcinoma (RCC). The approval was based on the results from a phase 3 study, which […]

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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 2021: Baseline characteristics affect survival with nivolumab plus cabozantinib

Ongoing results from the phase 3 CheckMate-9ER clinical trial with nivolumab plus cabozantinib were presented a the American Society for Clinical Oncology (ASCO) Annual Meeting over the weekend. The nivolumab/cabozantinib combination doubled the average time to when the treatment stopped working and the cancer started growing again (progression-free survival) compared to sunitinib and nearly twice […]

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ASCO 2021: Nivolumab plus cabozanitinib for non-clear cell kidney cancer

The cabozantinib/nivolumab combination has been shown to be effective at improving survival in patients with metastatic clear cell renal cell carcinoma (RCC) in a phase 3 trial. This poster presentation from the American Society for Clinical Oncology (ASCO) Annual Meeting at the weekend reports the results of a phase 2 trial of cabozantinib/nivolumab in patients […]

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