Tumor Treating Fields Plus Chemo Effective for Mesothelioma

By delivering low-intensity alternating electric fields, Tumor Treating Fields (TTFields), a regional, antimitotic therapy, has been deemed effective in treating solid tumors. Researchers set out to discover if TTFields would be successful in combination with systemic chemotherapy for treatment-naive patients with unresectable malignant pleural mesothelioma. For this phase 2 study, published in The Lancet Oncology, the investigators enrolled 80 patients from 12 European academic and non-academic...
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Durvalumab Plus Platinum/Etoposide for Extensive-Stage SCLC: Luis Paz-Ares, MD

Because most patients with small-cell lung cancer (SCLC) present with extensive-stage disease—in which the cancer has spread to both lungs or throughout the body—survival rates are poor, and there is a need to develop alternative treatments to improve outcomes. In their study now published in The Lancet, Luis Paz-Ares, MD, and colleagues found that in patients with extensive-stage SCLC (ES-SCLC), the addition of the immunotherapy drug durvalumab to a chemotherapy regimen of platinum/etoposide si...
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Finding Solutions in Advanced NSCLC Without Driver Mutations: Jamie E. Chaft, MD

​ Many patients with non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) present with advanced disease, which is highly resistant to chemotherapy. Recently, the use of tumor histology and relevant molecular biomarkers in determining optimal treatment strategies has improved outcomes for some patients, yet a number of targeted therapies are not applicable to patients without driver mutations. In this interview with i3 Health, Jamie E. Chaft, MD, a medical oncologist at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center and a...
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Extensive-Stage SCLC: Adding Durvalumab to Platinum/Etoposide Improves Survival

The phase 3 CASPIAN trial reports that adding durvalumab (Imfinzi®, AstraZeneca) to etoposide and a platinum therapy improves overall survival in patients with extensive-stage small-cell lung cancer (ES-SCLC). Many patients with small-cell lung cancer do not receive a diagnosis until after their disease has already reached the extensive stage, at which point the prognosis is poor. Because immunotherapy has shown some activity in ES-SCLC, the researchers of the CASPIAN trial assessed the efficacy...
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Epidermal Growth Factor Ointment for Skin Toxicities: An Interview With Sung Yong Oh, MD, PhD

By inhibiting epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) signaling pathways, EGFR inhibitors have shown efficacy in the treatment of a variety of cancers, including non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC), pancreatic cancer, and colorectal cancer. However, most patients who receive EGFR inhibitors develop adverse skin events, such as acneiform rash, xerosis, paronychial inflammation, pruritis, photosensitivity, and hair and eyelash alteration. If not properly managed, these toxicities can lead to physic...
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