Patients ‘left in the dark’ by the NHS over cancer treatments

Macmillan Cancer Support has recently published the results from their annual Cancer Patient Experience Survey, which reveals that around 120,000 cancer patients a year feel that topics, such as treatments and side effects, were not fully explained to them by NHS staff. This made them feel “left in the dark” by the NHS. Thirty-nine percent […]

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Selecting therapy for poor-risk advanced kidney cancer

In this video interview, Dr Earle Burgess from the Levine Cancer Centre in the USA talks about the factors that are considered when selecting therapy for patients with poor-risk advanced renal cell carcinoma (RCC). Such factors include the risk status of the patient, burden or sites of disease, co-morbidities such as hypertension and cardiac disease, […]

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Monitoring treatment toxicities in patients with renal cell carcinoma

Drs Dan George and Tian Zhang from the Duke Prostate and Urologic Cancer Centre, Durham, USA, share their views on monitoring side effects to treatment of patients with renal cell carcinoma (RCC). Emphasis is placed on counselling patients on expectations and managing baseline co-morbidities. Maintaining a prescribed treatment schedule while focused on quality of life […]

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Assessing and managing adverse events to immunotherapies

In this video interview, Brenda Martone discusses the clinical nurse specialist’s role in assessing and managing immune-related complications and toxicities associated with immune checkpoint inhibitors, such as nivolumab, ipilimumab and pembrolizumab. Brenda notes that immune-related reactions may occur months after a single dose of the immune checkpoint inhibitors. Immune-related reactions may include diarrhoea and colitis, […]

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Real world use of pazopanib after immunotherapy for advanced kidney cancer

A study published in Clinical Genitourinary Cancer last month describes the real world clinical outcomes of treating advanced renal cell carcinoma (RCC) patients with pazopanib after they had already been treated with immunotherapy. A total of 258 patients were enrolled in the study and had been treated with immunotherapy before pazopanib as follows: nivolumab (68%), […]

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ESMO 2019: Neurologic complications of immunotherapy

This interview with Dr Matthias Preusser from the Medical University of Vienna, Austria discusses the neurologic side effects associated with the use of immunotherapy for the treatment of cancer.  The use of immunotherapy for the treatment of cancer has become routine and many cancer patients are being treated with these drugs. Side effects to immunotherapy can […]

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Alternative 2/1 sunitinib dosing schedule superior to 4/2 dosing schedule for metastatic kidney cancer

A recent study, published in Clinical Genitourinary Cancer reports a meta-analysis comparing the tolerability and efficacy of a 2 weeks on treatment/1 week off treatment sunitinib dosing schedule with the traditional 4/2 schedule in patients with metastatic renal cell carcinoma (mRCC). Data from 1173 patients were included in the meta-analysis. The study showed that progression-free […]

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Immunotherapy combinations show promise for advanced kidney cancer

A review in JAMA Oncology presents evidence to suggest that first-line immunotherapy combinations could improve efficacy among patients with advanced renal cell carcinoma (RCC). However, management of immune-related side effects is essential in maximising survival benefit and outcomes. Read more in Cure here

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Immunotherapy for genitourinary cancer in the elderly

In the following interview, Dr Bradley McGregor, a medical oncologist specialising in genitourinary malignancies from the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston, USA, discusses the use of immunotherapy for genitourinary cancers in the elderly. Dr McGregor and his team looked at various checkpoint inhibitors in genitourinary cancer patients 65 years and older. They found that there […]

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Anlotinib versus sunitinib as first-line treatment for metastatic kidney cancer

The results of a recent phase 2 study to evaluate the safety and efficacy of anlotinib for the first-line treatment of metastatic renal cell carcinoma (RCC) were published in The Oncologist this month. Anlotinib was developed in China, and is a new tyrosine kinase inhibitor inhibiting multiple kinases involved in the growth of new blood […]

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