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Web Exclusives — July 18, 2018
Orlando, FL—The 2018 National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN) updated guideline on the management of multiple myeloma assigns preferred status to certain treatment regimens, and designates others as recommended or useful in certain circumstances.
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Web Exclusives — July 18, 2018
PD-1 and PD-L1 expression on tumor cells is decidedly unique compared with other biomarkers currently used in oncology, and its use has been demonstrated in numerous clinical scenarios. But although the benefits associated with PD-1/PD-L1 targeted therapies have been unprecedented, the risks should not be underestimated.
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Web Exclusives — July 10, 2018
Atlanta, GA—A recent analysis of US administrative claims data showed that stem-cell transplantation (SCT) is associated with increased healthcare resource utilization and costs compared with matched controls. According to data presented at 2017 ASH, patients who underwent SCT had, on average, >$114,000 increase in healthcare costs compared with age-, sex-, and comorbidity-matched patients with multiple myeloma who did not undergo SCT.
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Web Exclusives — July 9, 2018
Nearly 12% of American men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer at some point during their lives. Prostate cancer may remain indolent, but it often requires treatment, as evidenced by the more than 26,000 deaths attributable to this disease annually. Although the 5-year survival is high for men with localized prostate cancer, this drops to 29% in men with metastatic prostate cancer. Even with treatment, prostate cancer progresses in more than 33% of men. The median time to metastatic disease is approximately 8 to 10 years after the detection of biochemical recurrence.
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Web Exclusives — July 9, 2018
On January 12, 2018, the FDA approved a new indication for olaparib (Lynparza; AstraZeneca) for the treatment of women with deleterious or suspected deleterious germline BRCA-positive, HER2-negative, metastatic breast cancer who received previous chemotherapy in the neoadjuvant, adjuvant, or metastatic setting.
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Web Exclusives — July 9, 2018
On January 12, 2018, afatinib (Gilotrif; Boehringer Ingelheim) received FDA approval as first-line treatment for patients with metastatic non–small-cell lung cancer (NSCLC) associated with nonresistant EGFR mutations as identified via an FDA-approved test. Afatinib received orphan drug status for this indication, and was approved under the FDA priority review process.
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Web Exclusives — July 9, 2018
On January 26, 2018, the FDA approved lutetium Lu 177 dotatate (Lutathera; Advanced Accelerator Applications), a radioactive drug, for the treatment of adults with somato­statin receptor–positive gastroenteropancreatic neuroendocrine tumors (GEP-NETs). Lutetium Lu 177 dotatate was approved under the FDA’s priority review process, and was designated as an orphan drug.
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Web Exclusives — July 9, 2018
On February 7, 2018, abiraterone acetate (Zytiga; Janssen Biotech) received FDA approval for use, in combination with prednisone, for the treatment of patients with metastatic, high-risk castration-sensitive prostate cancer (CSPC). The FDA approved this new indication under its priority review program.
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Web Exclusives — July 9, 2018
On February 16, 2018, the FDA approved an expanded indication for durvalumab (Imfinzi; AstraZeneca), a PD-L1 inhibitor, for the treatment of patients with unresectable stage III non–small-cell lung cancer (NSCLC) that did not progress after chemoradiation. Durvalumab received accelerated approval in 2017 for the treatment of certain patients with metastatic or locally advanced bladder cancer.
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Web Exclusives — July 9, 2018
On March 20, 2018, the FDA approved a new indication for brentuximab vedotin (Adcetris; Seattle Genetics) as a first-line treatment, in combination with chemotherapy, for adults with untreated stage III or stage IV classical Hodgkin lymphoma. The FDA approved this indication using its priority review process and designated brentuximab vedotin as a breakthrough therapy.
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