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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Real world use of pazopanib after immunotherapy for advanced kidney cancer

A study published in Clinical Genitourinary Cancer last month describes the real world clinical outcomes of treating advanced renal cell carcinoma (RCC) patients with pazopanib after they had already been treated with immunotherapy. A total of 258 patients were enrolled in the study and had been treated with immunotherapy before pazopanib as follows: nivolumab (68%), […]

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Sunitinib and pazopanib for non-clear cell and sarcomatoid kidney cancer

Non-clear cell renal cell carcinoma (RCC) and sarcomatoid renal cell carcinoma are often treated similarly to clear cell RCC with the tyrosine kinase inhibitors, sunitinib and pazopanib. A recent study investigated the effectiveness of these two drugs for the first-line treatment of metastatic non-clear cell and sarcomatoid RCC. Of the 53 patients included in the […]

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Metastasectomy followed by targeted therapy does not improve survival

The following video interview with Dr Elizabeth Plimack from the Fox Chase Cancer Center in Philadelphia, USA discusses the results from a study that assessed the outcome of metastasectomy in patients with metastatic renal cell carcinoma (RCC). The study looked at patients with slow growing disease, and maybe one metastasis that was removed with surgery. […]

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ASCO 2019: Effectiveness of pazopanib after kidney cancer metastasectomy

In this phase III study, presented at the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) 2019 annual meeting in Chicago this week, the use of treatment with pazopanib after surgery to remove renal cell carcinoma (RCC) metastases (metastasectomy) was investigated. One hundred and twenty-nine patients with no evidence of disease after surgery to remove RCC metastases […]

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Four distinct subgroups of clear cell renal cancer identified

Using gene profiling, a recent study published in Cancer Discovery has identified four distinct molecular subgroups associated with response to treatment with sunitinib or pazopanib and survival. The findings demonstrate the effects of the presence of immune cells and angiogenesis on the effectiveness of sunitinib and pazopanib against the cancer, and are important for individualised decision-making. […]

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ESOU 2019: First-line treatment for metastatic renal cell carcinoma – where do we stand?

The following review of the literature for first-line treatment of metastatic renal cell carcinoma (RCC) was presented at the European Association of Urology (EAU) Section of Oncological Urology (ESOU) conference in Prague, Czech Republic last week. The current paradigm for the first- and second-line treatment of RCC was presented based upon patient risk according to the International Metastatic Renal […]

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Safety and efficacy of nivolumab plus TKI combinations in advanced kidney cancer

A phase 1 study has evaluated the safety and efficacy of nivolumab in combination with sunitinib and pazopanib in people with advanced renal cell carcinoma (RCC). Although there were good responses to the nivolumab plus sunitinib  and nivolumab plus pazopanib combinations and progression-free survival (PFS) was encouraging (12.7 and 7.2 months respectively), the side effect […]

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Potential biomarkers may predict response to TKIs in metastatic kidney cancer

A recent study published in Clinical Cancer Research and conducted in France has identified potential biological markers that are related to the formation of new blood vessels (angiogenesis) and regulated by the levels of oxygen reaching the tissues (hypoxia). These biomarkers have been found to be strong predictors of response, progression-free survival (PFS), and overall survival […]

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Implications of real world data on the use of first-line pazopanib for the management of metastatic kidney cancer

The following interview with Dr Eric Jonasch, medical oncologist from MD Anderson Cancer Centre in Texas, USA, discusses the implications of real world data on the use of first-line pazopanib for the management of metastatic renal cell carcinoma (RCC). Dr Jonasch was interviewed at the 2018 American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) annual meeting in Chicago this week. Watch Dr Jonasch’s interview […]

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