European Commission approves pembrolizumab plus lenvatinib as first-line treatment for advanced kidney cancer

The European Commission has approved the combination of pembrolizumab, an anti-PD-1 immunotherapy, plus lenvatinib, an oral tyrosine kinase inhibitor, for the first-line treatment of people with advanced renal cell carcinoma (RCC) for use within the European Union (including Northern Ireland). The approval is based on the results from the phase 3 CLEAR/KEYNOTE-581 trial, in which […]

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FDA approves adjuvant pembrolizumab for intermediate-high risk kidney cancer

The Food and Drug administration (FDA) in the USA has approved pembrolizumab for the adjuvant treatment of patients with renal cell carcinoma (RCC) at intermediate or high risk of recurrence following nephrectomy, or for RCC patients after having a nephrectomy and removal of metastases. Adjuvant therapy is medication that is given in addition to surgery to […]

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Risks and benefits of adjuvant therapy for kidney cancer

Treatment of people with intermediate to high risk renal cell carcinoma (RCC) with medicine to prevent the cancer from coming back (adjuvant therapy) can benefit some patients, but it’s important for each patient to weigh the treatment benefit and potential risk of side effects on quality of life. Adjuvant therapy has been shown to delay […]

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ESMO 2021: Pembrolizumab as monotherapy for first-line treatment of non-clear cell kidney cancer

Non-clear cell RCC is about 20-25% of all RCC diagnoses and usually has worse survival outcomes than clear cell RCC. Both cabozantinib and immune checkpoint inhibitors have been shown to help patients with non-clear cell RCC. KEYNOTE-427 is a phase 2 study that looked at the treatment of people with RCC with pembrolizumab as their […]

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ESMO 2021: Pembrolizumab as monotherapy for first-line treatment of kidney cancer

KEYNOTE-427 is an open-label, single-arm, phase II study to look at the effectiveness of pembrolizumab as a first-line treatment for people with advanced clear cell RCC. At ESMO this year, updated efficacy, and safety results after a minimum follow-up of 41 months were presented. This study looked at the treatment of people with RCC with […]

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ESMO 2021: Pembrolizumab as adjuvant therapy

Adjuvant therapy is medication that is given in addition to surgery to try to prevent the cancer from coming back. Adjuvant therapy can be used to kill any remaining microscopic cancer cells, or it can control the growth of any remaining cancer. Nephrectomy is the standard of care for renal cell carcinoma; however, the cancer can […]

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Health-related quality of life for kidney cancer patients on pembrolizumab/lenvatinib

In this video, Dr Bradley McGregor from the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in the US and Dr Rana McKay from UC San Diego Health discuss the health-related quality of life of renal cell carcinoma (RCC) patients on the pembrolizumab plus lenvatinib combination. The results from the phase 3 CLEAR/KEYNOTE-581 trial with 1069 RCC patients showed significant […]

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FDA approves pembrolizumab plus lenvatinib combination for advanced kidney cancer

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved the combination of pembrolizumab, an anti-PD-1 immunotherapy, plus lenvatinib, an oral tyrosine kinase inhibitor, for the first-line treatment of people with advanced renal cell carcinoma (RCC). The approval is based on the results from the phase 3 CLEAR/KEYNOTE-581 trial, in which the combination showed significant improvement […]

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Lenvatinib plus pembrolizumab in for untreated and previously treated metastatic kidney cancer

Results from a phase Ib/II study looking at lenvatinib plus pembrolizumab for the treatment of metastatic renal cell carcinoma (RCC) showed that there was a response to treatment and the cancer reduced in size (objective response) in 73% of patients who had not received previous medication for their cancer. There were 143 patients in the […]

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ASCO 2021: Pembrolizumab plus axitinib continues to improve survival in kidney cancer

The KEYNOTE-426 study of the immune checkpoint inhibitor, pembrolizumab plus the VEGF inhibitor, axitinib for advanced renal cell carcinoma continues to show survival benefits compared with sunitinib as a first treatment after surgery. In this oral presentation from the American Society for Clinical Oncology (ASCO) Annual Meeting, further follow-up data from KEYNOTE-426 over more than […]

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