First-line treatment of kidney cancer

These two videos with Dr Eric Jonasch from MD Anderson Cancer Center and Dr Elizabeth Plimack from Fox Chase Cancer Centre, both in the USA, explain how clinicians choose between the first-line treatments that are available for the treatment of renal cell carcinoma (RCC) and the long term control of the disease. Watch the video […]

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Safety and efficacy of apatinib for metastatic kidney cancer

A recent study coming out of China has identified a new oral tyrosine kinase inhibitor (TKI) with promising safety and efficacy for metastatic renal cell carcinoma (RCC). Anti-angiogenic treatments, such as the TKIs sunitinib, pazopanib and axitinib, play an important role in the treatment of metastatic RCC. A new TKI called apatinib targets the vascular […]

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Treatment of brain metastases for kidney cancer patients

Brain metastases in patients with renal cell carcinoma (RCC) is actually fairly uncommon, occurring in around 8% to 10% of all patients with metastatic RCC. Unfortunately, RCC brain metastases have been poorly studied and have a poor outcome, often with a median overall survival as low as 3 months in people with multiple brain metastases. […]

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First-line therapy for metastatic kidney cancer: Is two better than one?

An educational symposium was held from 8-10 August as part of the American Society of Clinical Oncology’s (ASCO) Annual Meeting. In his presentation, Dr Primo Lara from UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center in California discussed the first-line treatment of metastatic renal cell carcinoma (RCC), specifically whether combination therapy is better than single therapy (monotherapy). Dr […]

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What’s next after immunotherapy fails for advanced kidney cancer?

An educational symposium was held from 8-10 August as part of the American Society of Clinical Oncology’s (ASCO) Annual Meeting. In his presentation, Dr Toni Choueiri from Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and Harvard Medical School in Cambridge, USA, discussed treatment for patients with metastatic renal cell carcinoma (RCC) who have previously been treated with immunotherapy. Currently, […]

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Comparison of first-line immunotherapy combinations for metastatic kidney cancer

This meta-analysis of first-line immunotherapy trials was published in the journal Cancers last month. The analysis compares the three active first-line treatment combinations for metastatic renal cell carcinoma (RCC) and provides guidance in the selection of treatment for previously untreated patients. Three combination treatments were compared; pembrolizumab plus axitinib, avelumab plus axitinib and nivolumab plus […]

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Re-treatment with immune checkpoint inhibitors in kidney cancer patients

Immune checkpoint inhibitor combinations for the treatment of patients with metastatic renal cell carcinoma (RCC) have shown considerable promise. However, disease progression is inevitable for most patients. A recent review article published in Nature Reviews Clinical Oncology summarises the results of re-treatment with immune checkpoint inhibitors. Two retrospective studies investigated the safety and efficacy of […]

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Combination immunotherapy plus VEGFR inhibitor for favourable risk and elderly kidney cancer patients

A study published in Clinical Genitourinary Cancer this month looks at treating patients with favourable risk metastatic renal cell carcinoma (RCC) and elderly patients with a combination of immune checkpoint inhibitors and vascular endothelial growth factor receptor (VEGFR) tyrosine kinase inhibitors (TKIs). Immune checkpoint inhibitors and VEGFR inhibitors are the most commonly used medications for […]

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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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Targeted therapy dose reduction resulted in better clinical outcomes

A recent post hoc analysis of the results from the COMPARZ clinical trial, which compared first-line treatment with pazopanib versus sunitinib for metastatic renal cell carcinoma (RCC), was published in Clinical Genitourinary Cancer last February 2020. During the COMPARZ study, pazopanib and sunitinib (VEGF-TKI targeted therapy) had similar efficacy. However, this analysis showed that the […]

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