Pegilodecakin alone or in combination for heavily pre-treated advanced kidney cancer patients

This study looked at the use of pegilodecakin alone or in combination with immunotherapy or targeted therapy for the treatment of people with advanced solid tumours. Pegilodecakin is a form of cytokine called interleukin-10. The interleukin-10 is attached to a substance called polyethylene glycol (PEG) to improve how the drug works to unleash the immune […]

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NHS patients could be offered intravenous cancer treatments at home

In an attempt to reduce treatment backlogs and hospital visits, thousands of NHS patients could be given intravenous cancer treatments in the comfort of their own living rooms. Specialist nurses from The Christie Hospital in Manchester began offering breast cancer patients the option to have their chemotherapy treatments at home in 2016, after a successful […]

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Nivolumab/cabozantinib combination approved in EU for first-line kidney cancer treatment

The European Commission has approved the use of the nivolumab plus cabozantinib combination for the first-line treatment of people with advanced renal cell carcinoma (RCC). The combination is now licensed for use within the European Union. The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) will need to approve the nivolumab plus cabozantinib combination before it […]

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FDA grants priority review for HIF-2α inhibitor belzutifan (MK-6482)

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has granted priority review for a marketing license for the hypoxia-inducible factor-2 alpha (HIF-2α) inhibitor, belzutifan. Belzutifan is a new medicine for the treatment of patients with von Hippel-Lindau (VHL) renal cell carcinoma (RCC) who do not need surgery immediately. Kidney cancers frequently have mutations in a gene called the […]

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Updated results from a trial with belzutifan for people with advanced kidney cancer

Kidney cancers frequently have mutations in the von Hippel-Lindau (VHL) gene, resulting in high levels of a protein called hypoxia-inducible factor, or HIF-2α. This results in a number of changes in the cancer cells and their surrounding environment that favour tumour growth. The novel hypoxia-inducible factor 2α (HIF-2α) inhibitor, belzutifan (MK-6482), blocks the action of HIF-2α. In a small […]

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Immune checkpoint inhibitors for sarcomatoid kidney cancer

Sarcomatoid renal cell carcinoma (sRCC) is a rare and aggressive form of RCC in which the tumour cells look like the cells of a sarcoma (cancer of connective tissue such as muscles, nerves, fat, blood vessels etc.). Patients with metastatic RCC with sarcomatoid features are difficult to treat and do not respond well to targeted […]

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Atezolizumab plus bevacizumab for metastatic kidney cancer patients with disease progression on atezolizumab or sunitinib

A study published in European Urology this month looks at the use of immunotherapy combined with a vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) inhibitor as second-line treatment for metastatic clear cell renal cell carcinoma (RCC). The study investigates the safety and effectiveness of a combination of atezolizumab (immunotherapy) with bevacizumab (VEGF inhibitor) in the second line after […]

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Association of immune-related adverse events and outcomes in kidney cancer

Previous studies have shown that cancer patients who experience immune-related side effects (immune-related adverse events) when treated with immunotherapy may have a better response to treatment. This study looks at this effect in patients with metastatic renal cell carcinoma (RCC) treated with immune checkpoint inhibitors (immunotherapy). In the study, 43 patients with metastatic RCC were […]

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Anti-cancer vaccine ilixadencel plus sunitinib show promise for untreated metastatic kidney cancer

A phase 2 clinical trial with a new treatment called ilixadencel in combination with sunitinib has shown to improve overall survival in newly diagnosed patients with metastatic renal cell carcinoma (RCC). People given the combination treatment lived 10 months longer than those on sunitinib alone, suggesting that ilixadencel aids survival in these patients. Ilixadencel is […]

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Patients with autoimmune disorders have more immune-related side effects to immunotherapy

A study published in The Oncologist recently shows that patients with pre-existing autoimmune disorders are at an increased risk of developing immune-related side effects when treated with immunotherapy. This is regardless of tumour type, gender and general wellbeing. However, these patients can still be treated with immunotherapy. The study included 751 patients with four different […]

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