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: 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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Top stories from 2020 for kidney cancer

Dr Sumanta (Monty) Pal, Clinical Professor and Co-Director of the Kidney Cancer Programme, at the City of Hope Hospital, California talks about the changes in the management of renal cell carcinoma (RCC) over the past decade. He talks about combination treatments such as nivolumab with ipilimumab, which shows the potential for a complete response in […]

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2020 top stories in kidney cancer

This article summarises the key breakthroughs in the treatment of renal cell carcinoma (RCC) in 2020, including a new first-line VEGF-TKI and immunotherapy combination (cabozantinib plus nivolumab) and immunotherapy as a new standard of treatment for patients with non−clear cell RCC and sarcomatoid RCC. Read more in Practice Update here Watch a video interview on […]

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Approach to selection of first-line treatment for advanced kidney cancer

During this online interview, the approach to selection of first-line treatment for patients with metastatic renal cell carcinoma (RCC) was discussed.  Traditionally, the selection of initial treatments was very straightforward, and patients were treated with vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) tyrosine kinase inhibitors, (TKIs) such as sunitinib and pazopanib. Over the past 2 years, decisions […]

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Probiotic supplements and improves clinical benefit in kidney cancer

This prospective, randomised study in 20 people looked at the ability of probiotic supplements to modify the clinical benefit of targeted therapy (VEGF-TKIs cabozantinib or sunitinib) in metastatic renal cell carcinoma patients. The study showed that in people with metastatic RCC, the clinical benefit rate was similar in people taking probiotics compared to those who […]

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PDIGREE trial: Ipilimumab plus nivolumab with cabozantinib for untreated advanced kidney cancer

During this video interview from UroToday, Dr Tian Zhang from the Duke Cancer Centre in North Carolina, USA talks about the PDIGREE trial and the effect of the COVID-19 pandemic on the trial. PDIGREE is a novel adaptive study which will help answer many important questions, such as treatment duration, when to use vascular endothelial […]

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New survival data for pembrolizumab plus axitinib in advanced kidney cancer

A paper published in The Lancet Oncology this month provides further follow-up data from the KEYNOTE-426 study, which shows superior efficacy of pembrolizumab plus axitinib over sunitinib in patients with untreated advanced renal cell carcinoma (RCC). Eight hundred and sixty one (861) patients were randomly assigned to receive pembrolizumab plus axitinib (432) or sunitinib (429). […]

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Safety and efficacy of tivozanib–nivolumab combination in patients with metastatic kidney cancer

In this phase 1b/2 study the researchers looked at a combination of tivozanib and nivolumab in 25 patients with metastatic renal cell carcinoma (RCC). Tivozanib is a targeted therapy called a vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) tyrosine kinase inhibitor (TKI) that blocks the growth of blood vessels to the tumour, while nivolumab is an immune […]

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