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: 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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Pembrolizumab as first-line treatment for kidney cancer

The recent phase II KEYNOTE-427 study investigated the efficacy and safety of pembrolizumab in patients with untreated advanced clear cell renal cell carcinoma (RCC) and non-clear cell RCC. Pembrolizumab is a type of immunotherapy (an immune checkpoint inhibitor called a programmed death 1 inhibitor, PD-1), which has been shown to be effective in untreated patients […]

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Cabozantinib plus nivolumab granted FDA approval for first-line treatment of advanced kidney cancer

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in the United States has approved the cabozantinib (Cabometyx) plus nivolumab (Opdivo) combination for first-line treatment of advanced renal cell carcinoma (RCC) based on the results of the Checkmate 9ER trial. Around 20-30% of people are diagnosed with advanced RCC, and 30% of people treated for early stage RCC go on […]

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HIF2α inhibitor provides significant clinical benefit in patients with VHL kidney cancer

One of the major breakthroughs this year the hypoxia-inducible factor (HIF)-2α inhibitor: MK6482 for von Hippel-Lindau (VHL) disease–related clear cell renal cell carcinoma (RCC). VHL disease is a hereditary disease that affects many organs of the body, such as the eyes, brain, spine, pancreas, kidneys and lymphatic system. It is caused by a mutation in […]

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Future for VHL kidney cancer is bright

Von Hippel-Lindau (VHL) disease–associated renal cell carcinoma (RCC) has always been difficult to treat. However, a group of researchers led by Dr William G. Kaelin Jr from the Dana-Faber Cancer Institute and Harvard Medical School in America have discovered treatments including immunotherapy, HIF-2α inhibitors, and potentially CDK4/6 inhibitors for the treatment of VHL-associated RCC. He […]

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Cabozantinib plus atezolizumab combination for advanced kidney cancer

In this study, two doses of cabozantinib were tested in combination with atezolizumab for untreated advanced renal cell carcinoma (RCC). Cabozantinib is a vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) tyrosine kinase inhibitor (TKI), while atezolizumab is an immune checkpoint inhibitor.  Two doses of cabozantinib were tested; 40 mg and 60 mg. The data were fairly comparable […]

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