Outcomes and side effects after first-line treatment with combination therapies for kidney cancer

This report looked at the results from 4 studies comparing sunitinib with various immunotherapy combinations: nivolumab/ipilimumab, pembrolizumab/axitinib, nivolumab/cabozantinib and pembrolizumab/lenvatinib. Overall survival time, time to when the cancer started growing again and the treatment stopped working (progression-free survival), response to treatment in terms of the cancer getting smaller, and side effects to treatment were all […]

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Stereotactic radiotherapy with immunotherapy or targeted therapy for metastatic kidney cancer

This study looked at the safety and effectiveness of targeted therapies or immune checkpoint inhibitors (immunotherapy) in combination with stereotactic radiotherapy in patients with renal cell carcinoma (RCC). There were 53 patients in the study, of whom 32% were treated with immunotherapy and 68% targeted therapy. About a third of patients on targeted therapy paused […]

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ARO-HIF2 shows promise for advanced kidney cancer

A small phase 1b study of a new medicine called ARO-HIF2 has shown promise for the treatment of people with advanced clear cell renal cell carcinoma (RCC). Kidney cancers frequently have mutations in a gene called the von Hippel-Lindau (VHL) gene, resulting in high levels of a protein called hypoxia-inducible factor, or HIF2. This results […]

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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 GU 2021: Combination of HIF-2α inhibitor and cabozantinib is active in previously treated advanced kidney cancer

In a small phase 2 study presented at the virtual American Society of Clinical Oncology Genitourinary Cancers Symposium (ASCO GU), the novel hypoxia-inducible factor 2α (HIF-2α) inhibitor, belzutifan (MK-6482), showed promising anti-cancer activity in combination with cabozantinib in patients with metastatic clear cell renal cell carcinoma (RCC) that had been previously treated. Kidney cancers develop […]

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Safety and efficacy of TiNivo in patients with metastatic kidney cancer

Tivozanib is a drug that blocks the blood supply to tumours (a vascular endothelial growth factor receptor (VEGFR) tyrosine kinase inhibitor, TKI), and has been shown to be effective and safe in patients with advanced renal cell carcinoma (RCC) when used alone. This study reports the final results from phase 1b/2 clinical trial of tivozanib […]

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Safety and efficacy of nivolumab for non-clear cell kidney cancer

Nivolumab alone and in combination with ipilimumab is used for the treatment of patients with metastatic renal cell carcinoma (RCC). However, most patients with non-clear cell RCC are excluded from clinical trials, and there is limited data on the effectiveness of nivolumab for the treatment of these patients. This phase IIIb/IV CheckMate 374 study was conducted to look at […]

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Safety and efficacy of immunotherapy rechallenge in patients with kidney cancer

There are a number of immune checkpoint inhibitor drugs available for the treatment of people with metastatic renal cell carcinoma (RCC), but the efficacy and safety of treating patients with two separate lines of immunotherapy (rechallenge) is unknown. This study looked at the safety and efficacy of rechallenge with an immune checkpoint inhibitor in patients […]

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ASCO 2020: HIF-2 alpha inhibitor induced positive response for VHL-associated kidney cancer

Results from a phase II international trial led by researchers at MD Anderson Cancer Center in America were presented during the 2020 American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) Virtual Scientific Program. The trial showed treatment with a novel hypoxia inducible factor (HIF)-2 alpha inhibitor (MK-6482) was well tolerated and resulted in clinical responses in patients with von […]

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Lenvatinib plus pembrolizumab shows promise in solid tumours

The combination of lenvatinib plus pembrolizumab has shown promise in a phase Ib/II clinical trial in 137 patients with various advanced solid tumours and no standard treatment options available. The objective response rate at 24 weeks (the primary objective) was highest in renal cell carcinoma (63%), endometrial cancer (52%), and melanoma (48%). The combination was […]

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