Ipilimumub plus nivolumab combination after prior treatment with immune checkpoint inhibitors

This retrospective study published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology looked at the response rates and progression-free survival of metastatic renal cell carcinoma (RCC) patients treated with a combination of ipilimumab plus nivolumab after previous treatment with an immune checkpoint inhibitor. Forty-five patients with metastatic RCC who had already been treated with an immune checkpoint […]

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Sunitinib re-challenge in patients with metastatic kidney cancer

A study published in Clinical Genitourinary Cancer looks at the treatment of patients with metastatic RCC with sunitinib after they have already been treated with sunitinib and have stopped responding. Sunitinib is the standard of care for patients with metastatic RCC. However, nearly all patients will eventually stop responding to treatment with sunitinib and develop […]

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Immune-related adverse events and clinical outcome in kidney cancer treated with nivolumab

In a paper published in Clinical Genitourinary Cancer the link between immune-related adverse events and clinical outcomes in patients with metastatic renal cell carcinoma (RCC) was investigated. One hundred and sixty seven (167) patients were included in the study. Of these, 46% had an immune-related adverse event, of which 8.9% were severe or life-threatening. However, […]

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Bone metastases are associated with poor prognosis in papillary kidney cancer

A recent retrospective study looked at the data from 49 patients with metastatic papillary renal cell carcinoma (RCC) who were taking targeted therapy (VEGF-TKIs). The study showed that patients on targeted therapy and with bone metastases from papillary RCC have worse progression-free survival and overall survival than patients without bone metastasis. Patients with papillary RCC […]

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ASCO 2020: Bevacizumab and erlotinib for advanced hereditary leiomyomatosis RCC and papillary RCC

Results from a phase II study of bevacizumab and erlotinib in people with advanced hereditary leiomyomatosis and papillary renal cell cancer (HLRCC) or sporadic papillary RCC were presented during the 2020 American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) Virtual Scientific Program at the weekend. This study included 83 patients with papillary RCC. Half of the patients […]

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ASCO 2020: Pembrolizumab/axitinib combination for the treatment of advanced kidney cancer

Updated results from the KEYNOTE-426 study of pembrolizumab plus axitinib versus sunitinib as first-line treatment for advanced renal cell carcinoma (RCC) were presented during the 2020 American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) Virtual Scientific Program over the weekend. The combination of pembrolizumab with axitinib continues to show improved efficacy in the treatment of advanced RCC […]

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ASCO 2020: Savolitinib is promising for the treatment of papillary renal cell carcinoma

In a study presented during the 2020 American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) Virtual Scientific Program, the tyrosine kinase inhibitor (TKI) savolitinib was shown to be more effective and safer than sunitinib as a treatment for people with papillary renal cell carcinoma (RCC). Papillary renal cell carcinoma accounts for approximately 15% of all RCC, making […]

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Positive results from trial of cabozantinib plus nivolumab combination in untreated metastatic kidney cancer

Results from the pivotal phase 3 CheckMate-9ER clinical trial evaluating nivolumab (Opdivo) in combination with cabozantinib (Cabometyx) compared to sunitinib in previously untreated advanced or metastatic renal cell carcinoma (RCC) were released today. These top-line results were positive for the combination treatment, which improved progression-free survival, overall survival and objective response rate compared to sunitinib. […]

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First-line immunotherapy combination treatments for metastatic kidney cancer

A meta-analysis of four major clinical trials of immunotherapy combinations for the first-line treatment of metastatic renal cell carcinoma (RCC) was published in the journal Clinical Genitourinary Cancer earlier this month. The analysis compared progression-free survival, overall survival and objective response rate from four major clinical trials: CheckMate 214 (nivolumab/ipilimumab vs sunitinib), Keynote-426 (pembrolizumab/axitinib vs […]

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Axitinib first-line treatment of papillary renal cell carcinoma

The majority of renal cell carcinomas (RCCs) are a subtype called clear cell RCC. Most drugs have been developed to treat this subtype of RCC, leaving people with other metastatic RCC subtypes with an unmet need for an effective treatment in the first-line. Papillary RCC (pRCC) represents 10-15% of renal cell carcinomas, and is not an insignificant subtype. […]

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