ASCO 2020: Lenvatinib plus pembrolizumab for disease progression after immunotherapy for metastatic kidney cancer

Results from a phase II trial of a combination of lenvatinib plus pembrolizumab for the treatment of metastatic renal cell carcinoma (RCC) which was not responding to treatment with immune checkpoint inhibitor therapy was presented during the 2020 American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) Virtual Scientific Program last weekend. One hundred and four (104) patients […]

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ASCO 2020: Subtypes of kidney cancer differ in sites of metastases

A paper presented during the 2020 American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) Virtual Scientific Program last weekend showed that histologic subtypes of metastatic renal cell carcinoma (RCC) differ in the location of their metastases. For example, lung, adrenal, brain, and pancreatic metastases occur more frequently with clear cell RCC than with papillary RCC or chromophobe […]

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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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Safety and efficacy of immunotherapy rechallenge in patients with kidney cancer

There are a number of immune checkpoint inhibitor drugs available for the treatment of people with metastatic renal cell carcinoma (RCC), but the efficacy and safety of treating patients with two separate lines of immunotherapy (rechallenge) is unknown. This study looked at the safety and efficacy of rechallenge with an immune checkpoint inhibitor in patients […]

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ASCO 2020: Nivolumab plus ipilimumab combination for previously treated kidney cancer

Results from the phase II FRACTION-RCC clinical trial to assess the nivolumab plus ipilimumab combination in previously treated advanced renal cell carcinoma (RCC) patients were presented during the 2020 American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) Virtual Scientific Program at the weekend. The study looked at 46 patients with previously treated RCC that was not responding to […]

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ASCO 2020: Bevacizumab and erlotinib for advanced hereditary leiomyomatosis RCC and papillary RCC

Results from a phase II study of bevacizumab and erlotinib in people with advanced hereditary leiomyomatosis and papillary renal cell cancer (HLRCC) or sporadic papillary RCC were presented during the 2020 American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) Virtual Scientific Program at the weekend. This study included 83 patients with papillary RCC. Half of the patients […]

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ASCO 2020: Optimised treatment of advanced kidney cancer with nivolumab and ipilimumab

Two studies were presented during the 2020 American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) Virtual Scientific Program to investigate whether initial treatment of metastatic renal cell carcinoma (RCC) patients with nivolumab followed by the addition of ipilimumab for patients with either stable or progressive disease would be as effective as upfront combination therapy and with less side […]

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ASCO 2020: Biomarkers for immunotherapy treatment for advanced kidney cancer

Biomarkers enable doctors predict which patients will respond to which drugs, and have an important role in many cancers. However, a good biomarker has not yet been found for renal cell carcinoma (RCC). The fundamental issue in the biology of metastatic RCC is that a suitable genetic mutation that ‘drives’ the development of RCC has […]

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ASCO 2020: HIF-2 alpha inhibitor induced positive response for VHL-associated kidney cancer

Results from a phase II international trial led by researchers at MD Anderson Cancer Center in America were presented during the 2020 American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) Virtual Scientific Program. The trial showed treatment with a novel hypoxia inducible factor (HIF)-2 alpha inhibitor (MK-6482) was well tolerated and resulted in clinical responses in patients with von […]

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