Past COVID-19 infection provides some immunity but people may still transmit the virus

A Public Health England (PHE) study (SIREN) finds past infection with coronavirus (COVID-19) provides about 83% protection against reinfection (immunity) for at least 5 months from first becoming sick, but people may still carry the virus in their nose and throat and therefore risk transmitting it to others. PHE has been regularly testing tens of […]

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Obesity diminishes response to immunotherapy in kidney cancer

In this study, the researchers looked at the interaction between obesity and outcomes in patients taking immune checkpoint inhibitors (anti-PD-1 immunotherapy, e.g. nivolumab, pembrolizumab) for the treatment of renal cell carcinoma (RCC). Seventy-two (72) patients with metastatic RCC were treated with anti–PD-1 immunotherapy (none had been treated with immunotherapy before). Obese patients had poorer progression-free […]

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Percutaneous thermoablation for small renal masses

This study looked at the survival of patients suitable for surgery who underwent percutaneous thermoablation as a first-line treatment for small renal masses (stage T1a). Eighty-five patients who were suitable for surgery were included in the study. These patients had 97 kidney masses that were proven to be malignant (cancerous) with a biopsy (T1a). These […]

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AstraZeneca/Oxford University’s COVID-19 vaccine UK rollout

AstraZeneca and Oxford University’s COVID-19 vaccine is being rolled out in the UK from today, 4 January 2021, following approval by the UK’s Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) on 30 December. In a statement released today, the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) announced that over half a million doses of the […]

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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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Impact of cytoreductive nephrectomy in patients with metastatic kidney cancer

Cytoreductive nephrectomy is the removal of the tumour to reduce the number of cancer cells (tumour burden) and minimise the effects of a potentially immunosuppressive tumour, reduce the symptoms caused by the tumour, and prevent complications. During this study, overall survival was compared between patients with metastatic renal cell carcinoma (RCC) who were treated by […]

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Immunotherapy for the treatment of metastatic sarcomatoid kidney cancer

Sarcomatoid renal cell carcinoma (sRCC) is a rare and aggressive form of RCC in which the cells in the tumours 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 anti-angiogenic targeted therapy, such as sunitinib and pazopanib. This study […]

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IKCS 2020: Treatment selection in kidney cancer

During this interview, Dr Rana McKay from the University of California in San Diego gives a succinct overview of the 19th Annual Meeting of the International Kidney Cancer Symposium (IKCS 2020), including highlights from the meeting. She also discussed the effects of delaying surgery for patients with low stage (T1 and T2) renal cell carcinoma […]

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Treatment of kidney masses in patients with VHL disease

In this video interview, Dr Eric Jonasch from MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, Texas describes how to treat a kidney mass in patients with VHL disease. VHL (von Hippel-Lindau) disease is very rare and affects about 1 in 35,000 people. Between 30 to 70% of people with VHL disease have kidney masses. If the mass […]

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Individualising first line treatment for advanced kidney cancer

In recent years, a number of new, effective treatments have become available for advanced kidney cancer. However, with more drugs available it has become more difficult to decide which drugs to choose for particular patients, and in which order to use them. In addition, the new treatments do not work for all patients and they […]

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