Generic everolimus approved by the FDA

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved generic everolimus tablets for the treatment of patients with various advanced cancers, including renal cell carcinoma (RCC). Afinitor comes off patent over the next 5 years, after which generic everolimus will become available at a vastly cheaper cost to the NHS. A generic drug is a pharmaceutical drug that contains […]

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Cytoreductive nephrectomy offers survival benefit in metastatic kidney cancer

The results of a trial looking at immunotherapy treatment with and without cytoreductive nephrectomy were presented at the 20th annual meeting of the Society of Urologic Oncology in Washington this week. The study included 391 patients diagnosed with metastatic renal cell carcinoma (RCC) between 2015 and 2016 from the National Cancer Data Base (NCDB). Of […]

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IKCS 2019: Immune related adverse events

Dr Mehmet Asim Bilen of Emory University School of Medicine in Atlanta, USA led a session at the International Kidney Cancer Symposium (IKCS) last month on the diagnosis and management of immune-related toxicity. Immune-related adverse events occur in some patients who are taking immune checkpoint inhibitors for the treatment of advanced renal cell carcinoma (RCC). […]

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Alternative schedule ipilimumab plus nivolumab for first-line treatment of advanced kidney cancer

The combination of nivolumab with ipilimumab has been proven to be effective in the treatment of patients with metastatic renal cell carcinoma (RCC), and is available as a first line treatment via the Cancer Drugs Fund in England and Wales. In the current UK-based study (PRISM), which is still ongoing, researchers are assessing whether less […]

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Effectiveness of targeted therapy after immunotherapy in metastatic kidney cancer patients

In this retrospective international study, the effectiveness of targeted therapy following discontinuation of immunotherapy for patients with metastatic renal cell carcinoma (RCC) in the real world was investigated. There were 314 patients in the study; 276 (87.9%) were treated with vascular endothelial growth factor receptor tyrosine kinase inhibitors (VEGFR-TKIs), such as sunitinib, axitinib and cabozantinib, […]

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New first-line immunotherapy plus TKI combinations for metastatic kidney cancer

Approval of axitinib plus pembrolizumab and axitinib plus avelumab in the first-line treatment of metastatic renal cell carcinoma (RCC) by both the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in America and the European Commission represent milestone events for the treatment of metastatic RCC in 2019. Approval of the avelumab plus axitinib combination was based on the […]

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Pilot study of radiation therapy plus pembrolizumab for kidney cancer

A recent publication in the American Journal of Clinical Oncology this month reports on part of an exploratory study to look at the effect of radiotherapy alone or in combination with pembrolizumab on the immune system, and to determine the efficacy of this treatment in patients with solid tumours. This is the first study to […]

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CAR T cell therapy and renal cell carcinoma

In an interview with Targeted Oncology during the 2019 Kidney Cancer Research Summit, Dr Wayne Marasco, professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School, and principal investigator of cancer immunology and virology at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, discussed engineering CAR T cells for the treatment of solid tumours, in particular renal cell carcinoma (RCC). It is hypothesised that […]

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IKCS 2019: Biomarkers in kidney cancer

In this interview taken from the International Kidney Cancer Symposium (IKCS) 2019 held in Miami, USA earlier this month, Dr Tian Zhang, from Duke University talks about existing and emerging immunotherapy biomarkers for kidney cancer, and the PEDIGREE study. Dr Zhang talks about PBRM1, PD-L1, and tumour mutational burden as prognostic biomarkers, and angiogenesis, CD8-infiltrating […]

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Treatment of favourable-risk metastatic kidney cancer

The treatment of patients with intermediate- and poor-risk metastatic renal cell carcinoma (RCC) has been dramatically changed with the introduction of immune checkpoint inhibitors (immunotherapy) as a first-line of treatment after surgery. However, it is less clear whether immunotherapy benefits patients with favourable-risk disease in the same way. A debate between experts at the International […]

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