Pembrolizumab for Advanced Esophageal Squamous Cell Carcinoma: An Interview with Ken Kato, MD

On July 30, 2019, the FDA approved pembrolizumab (Keytruda®, Merck) for patients with recurrent locally advanced or metastatic squamous cell carcinoma of the esophagus (ESCC) whose tumors expressed a programmed death-ligand 1 (PD-L1) combined positive score (CPS) of at least 10 and whose disease progressed after at least one line of systemic therapy. The approval was based on two clinical trials. One of these was Keynote-181, which enrolled 628 patients with locally advanced or metastatic ESCC w...
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Pembrolizumab Approved for Advanced Esophageal Squamous Cell Carcinoma

Pembrolizumab (Keytruda®, Merck) has been approved by the FDA for patients with recurrent locally advanced or metastatic squamous cell carcinoma of the esophagus (ESCC) with tumors expressing a programmed death ligand-1 (PD-L1) combined positive score (CPS) of at least 10 and with disease progression following one or more previous systemic treatments. The approval was based on the Keynote-181 (NCT02559687) and Keynote-180 (NCT02564263) clinical trials. Keynote-181 enrolled 628 patients with recu...
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[Fam-] Trastuzumab Deruxtecan in Advanced Gastric Cancer With Kohei Shitara, MD

​ Current treatment options are highly limited for patients with advanced human epidermal growth factor receptor 2 (HER2)-positive gastric or gastro-esophageal junction cancer, particularly after trastuzumab. A potential new treatment has emerged in a phase 1 clinical trial, which reports that [fam-] trastuzumab deruxtecan shows preliminary activity in patients with heavily pretreated HER2-positive gastric or gastro-esophageal junction cancer. In this interview with i3 Health, Kohei Shitara, MD,...
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Advanced Gastric Cancer: [Fam-] Trastuzumab Deruxtecan Shows Promise

A phase 1 clinical trial reports that [fam-] trastuzumab deruxtecan shows preliminary activity in patients with heavily pretreated human epidermal growth factor receptor 2 (HER2)-positive gastric or gastro-esophageal junction cancer. "These results are encouraging given the limited options for patients with advanced HER2-positive gastric cancer that progresses after initial treatment regimens including trastuzumab," commented Kohei Shitara, MD, Chief of the Department of Experimental Therapeutic...
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Therapeutic Target Found in MSI-High Tumors

​ Microsatellite instability (MSI), characteristic variations in the length of tandem nucleotide repeats across the genome, has been seen in a wide variety of cancers, including colon cancer, gastric cancer, endometrium cancer, ovarian cancer, hepatobiliary tract cancer, urinary tract cancer, brain cancer, and skin cancers. Researchers' discovery of the important role played by Werner syndrome helicase (WRN) in MSI-high (MSI-H) tumors presents a new opportunity for the development of targeted th...
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