Comparison of first-line immunotherapy combinations for advanced kidney cancer

In this paper, three clinical trials with immunotherapy combinations for the first-line treatment of clear renal cell carcinoma (RCC) are discussed. Dr  Robert Motzer from Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York compared the findings from the three trials at the Annual Chemotherapy Foundation Symposium (CFS) in New York last week. All three phase […]

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Lenvatinib plus pembrolizumab combination shows promise in metastatic kidney cancer

Interim results from an ongoing clinical trial of lenvatinib and pembrolizumab has shown promise in patients with metastatic clear cell renal cell carcinoma (RCC) who have already received an immune checkpoint inhibitor. The trial included up to 360 patients with various cancers, of which 33 patients had metastatic clear cell RCC. The patients took a […]

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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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Negative effect on survival of kidney cancer patients of immediate sunitinib dose interruption

A recent study looked at the impact of stopping sunitinib during the first two cycles of treatment for metastatic renal cell carcinoma (RCC). Ninety-seven patients were analysed retrospectively and divided into two groups; those who had a dose interruption during the first two cycles of sunitinib treatment and those who did not. Thirty-eight patients (39.2%) […]

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European Commission approves avelumab plus axitinib combination for the first-line treatment of advanced kidney cancer

Based on the findings from the pivotal phase III JAVELIN Renal 101 study, the European Commission has approved avelumab in combination with axitinib for the first-line treatment of advanced renal cell carcinoma (RCC). JAVELIN Renal 101 demonstrated that avelumab in combination with axitinib significantly lowered risk of disease progression or death by 31% and nearly […]

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The effect of antibiotic use on outcomes with kidney cancer drug treatments

A recent study has looked at the use of antibiotics with systemic drug treatments for renal cell carcinoma (RCC). The study investigated patients taking immune checkpoint inhibitors (146 patients), interferon-α (510 patients), mTOR inhibitors (660 patients) and VEGF targeted therapies (2,974 patients). The latter three groups were on phase II/III clinical trials, while the immunotherapy […]

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ESMO 2019: First-line avelumab plus axitinib in sarcomatoid kidney cancer – results from JAVELIN Renal 101

Results from the JAVELIN Renal 101 study to evaluate avelumab plus axitinib in untreated sarcomatoid renal cell carcinoma (RCC) were presented at the European Society for Medical Oncology (ESMO) conference in Barcelona over the weekend. Sarcomatoid differentiation can occur in all subtypes of renal cell carcinoma (RCC) and is an aggressive form of RCC. JAVELIN […]

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ESMO 2019: Avelumab plus axitinib in patients who had not had nephrectomy

Results from a post-hoc analysis of JAVELIN-Renal 101 in patients with advanced renal cell carcinoma (RCC) who had not had a prior nephrectomy were presented at the European Society for Medical Oncology (ESMO) conference in Barcelona over the weekend. The JAVELIN Renal 101 study demonstrated a significant improvement in progression-free survival with avelumab plus axitinib […]

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ESMO 2019: First in human study of HIF-2α inhibitor in patients with advanced kidney cancer

Results from the first in human study of the HIF-2α inhibitor, PT2977 in patients with advanced renal cell carcinoma (RCC) were presented at the European Society for Medical Oncology (ESMO) conference in Barcelona over the weekend. Hypoxia inducible factor 2α (HIF-2α) is known to stimulate the growth of tumours via the von Hippel-Lindau (VLH) group of genes. PT2977 […]

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ESMO 2019: Results from JAVELIN-Renal 101 trial for sarcomatoid kidney cancer

Results from the JAVELIN-Renal 101 clinical trial to assess avelumab plus axitinib in untreated patients with advanced renal cell carcinoma (RCC) with sarcomatoid characteristics were presented at the European Society for Medical Oncology (ESMO) conference in Barcelona over the weekend. Sarcomatoid RCC is an uncommon but highly aggressive form of RCC, which tends to have […]

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