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Immunotherapy Active Against Triple-Negative Breast Cancer (10-12-2017)

October is breast cancer awareness month and patients with triple-negative breast cancer (TNBC) should be aware that data from two clinical trials provide additional evidence that they may derive benefit from checkpoint inhibitor therapy.1-4 About Triple... Continue Reading

LynparzaTM Slows Spread of Inherited Breast Cancer Caused By BRCA Mutations (10-10-2017)

LynparzaTM (olaparib), a new drug treatment for women with advanced ovarian cancer associated with defective BRCA genes also appears to slowe the progression of breast cancer caused in part by mutations in the BRCA gene.  BRCA is an inherited condition... Continue Reading

FDA approves new treatment for certain advanced or metastatic breast cancers (10-5-2017)

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today approved Verzenio (abemaciclib) to treat adult patients who have hormone receptor (HR)-positive, human epidermal growth factor receptor 2 (HER2)-negative advanced or metastatic breast cancer that has progressed... Continue Reading

FDA Approves Aliqopa for Relapsed Follicular Lymphoma (10-4-2017)

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) granted accelerated approval to Aliqopa® (copanlisib), an intravenously administered pan-class I phosphatidylinositol 3-kinase (PI3K) inhibitor, for the treatment of adults with relapsed follicular lymphoma... Continue Reading

New Standard of Care for Treatment of Resectable Gastric Cancer (10-3-2017)

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Opdivo Proves Superior to Yervoy for Adjuvant Treatment of Stage III-IV Melanoma (09-28-2017)

Adjuvant treatment with the immunotherapy drug Opdivo (nivolumab) is superior to Yervoy (ipilimumab) for the management of stage IIIb/c or stage IV melanoma following complete surgical resection. These important results were presented at the European... Continue Reading

The US Food and Drug Administration has Expanded the Approval of the Precision Cancer Medicine Keytruda for Treatment of Gastric Cancer (09-25-2017)

Keytruda (Pembrolizumab) is now indicated for patients with recurrent locally advanced or metastatic gastric or gastro-esophogeal junction adenocarcinoma. Patients eligible for keytruda therapy under this new indication must have PD-L1-expressing tumors,... Continue Reading

FDA Adds Two Roche Multiple Myeloma Studies Evaluating Checkpoint Inhibitors to List of Partial Clinical Holds Over Safety Concerns (09-25-2017)

Alarmed that an imbalance in deaths among patients taking a combination of Keytruda (pembrolizumab) with Celgene’s Pomalyst and Revlimid could represent a threat in that whole class of checkpoint comboinations, the FDA has added two Tecentriq (atezolizumab)... Continue Reading

Alecensa Appears Superior to Xalkori in ALK positive NSCLC Involving the Brain (09-21-2017)

The results from two separate clinical studies comparing Alecensa® (alectinib) to Xalkori (crizotinib) presented at the European Society for Medical Oncology in Madrid demonstrate that Alecensa®  s superior in treating non small cell lung caner (NSCLC)... Continue Reading

Lower Thyroid Stimulating Hormone Levels Elevate Risk of Thyroid Cancer (09-20-2017)

There is an increased risk of thyroid cancer associated with lower-than-normal thyroid hormone levels, a finding that could have a major impact on patients fighting the disease. The Yale-led study, published in American Association for Cancer Research... Continue Reading

Pass it On: It’s Leukemia National Awareness Month (09-19-2017)

Leukemia and lymphoma are both hematologic malignancies, meaning that they involve the blood or bone marrow. The American Cancer Society (ACS) estimates that there will be 60,140 new cases of leukemia and 24,400 deaths in 2016. For lymphoma, the ACS estimates... Continue Reading

NSAIDs Decrease Risk of Colorectal Cancer (09-18-2017)

Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS) are medicines that are used for the treatment of a wide range of musculoskeletal illnesses including spinal disorders, osteoarthritis and inflammatory conditions like rheumatoid arthritis. NSAIDs effectively... Continue Reading

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