Role of nephrectomy for metastatic kidney cancer in the immunotherapy era

Three phase III clinical trials (Keynote 426, Checkmate 9ER and Checkmate 214) assessing first-line treatment with immunotherapy in metastatic renal cell carcinoma (RCC) compared to sunitinib were analysed for patients who had prior nephrectomy compared to those who did not. Patients who had prior nephrectomy had a longer time before the immunotherapy stopped working and […]

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Potential biomarker to predict risk of recurrence after nephrectomy for locally advanced kidney cancer

Currently, the search for a reliable biomarker to identify those patients who are at risk of the cancer coming back after nephrectomy for renal cell carcinoma (RCC) has not been successful. A recent study looked at a protein called kidney injury molecule-1 (KIM-1) in patients with RCC and whether this protein could be used to […]

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Anti-cancer vaccine ilixadencel plus sunitinib show promise for untreated metastatic kidney cancer

A phase 2 clinical trial with a new treatment called ilixadencel in combination with sunitinib has shown to improve overall survival in newly diagnosed patients with metastatic renal cell carcinoma (RCC). People given the combination treatment lived 10 months longer than those on sunitinib alone, suggesting that ilixadencel aids survival in these patients. Ilixadencel is […]

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Longer term outcomes with pembrolizumab plus axitinib combination for advanced kidney cancer

This Practice Update interview with Dr Monty Pal from City of Hope Hospital, Duarte, USA and Dr Jun Gong from Cidars-Sinai Medical Centre, Los Angeles, USA reports further follow-up data from the KEYNOTE-426 clinical trial. KEYNOTE-426 is a phase 3 trial looking at the effectiveness of a combination of axitinib and pembrolizumab compared to sunitinib […]

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ASCO GU 2021: Outcomes of first-line immunotherapy combinations in metastatic kidney cancer

Combinations of immunotherapy drugs nivolumab plus ipilimumab and immunotherapy/vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) inhibitors are widely used for the treatment of metastatic renal cell carcinoma (RCC). However, limited information is available to compare the outcomes from different combinations. At the virtual American Society of Clinical Oncology Genitourinary Cancers Symposium (ASCO GU) over the weekend, data […]

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ASCO GU 2021: Combinations of lenvatinib plus pembrolizumab or everolimus improved survival in untreated patients with advanced kidney cancer

Results from the phase 3 CLEAR study, presented at the virtual American Society of Clinical Oncology Genitourinary Cancers Symposium over the weekend, showed that lenvatinib used in combination with either pembrolizumab or everolimus resulted in improved survival and tumour shrinkage compared to sunitinib when used as a first-line treatment for patients with advanced renal cell […]

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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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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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ASCO GU 2021: Cabozantinib 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 prevented from getting to the brain by a membrane called the blood-brain barrier. In this study, the results of which will be presented at the virtual American Society of Clinical Oncology Genitourinary Cancers Symposium (ASCO GU) […]

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ASCO GU 2021: Nivolumab plus cabozantinib combination for the first-line treatment of advanced kidney cancer

The past couple of years has seen a number of combination therapies for the first-line treatment of advanced/metastatic renal cell carcinoma (RCC) become available. At the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) Genitourinary (GU) Cancers Symposium in San Francisco this week, ongoing results from the phase 3 CheckMate-9ER clinical trial with the nivolumab plus cabozantinib […]

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