Vitamin D Supplements May Reduce the Risk of Developing Advanced Cancer

In individuals without cancer, vitamin D supplementation may decrease the risk of developing advanced cancer, especially for those with a normal body mass index (BMI), according to a recent analysis of a phase 3 trial. "Vitamin D may decrease tumor invasiveness and propensity to metastasize, leading to reduced cancer mortality," write the investigators, led by first author Paulette D. Chandler, MD, MPH, Assistant Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School. "Vitamin D may have a role in redu...
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Nivolumab/Ipilimumab for Advanced Renal Cell Carcinoma: Meredith Regan, ScD

Patients with advanced renal cell carcinoma (RCC) who receive combination PD-1/CTLA-4 blockade can experience periods of durable benefit and toxicity after treatment discontinuation. According to results of the phase 3 CheckMate 214 trial presented by Meredith Regan, ScD, at the European Society for Medical Oncology (ESMO) Virtual Congress 2020, nivolumab/ipilimumab prolongs treatment-free survival, both with and without toxicity, in patients with previously untreated advanced clear cell RCC. In...
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Advanced Renal Cell Carcinoma: Nivolumab/Ipilimumab Improves Treatment-Free Survival

Nivolumab/ipilimumab prolongs treatment-free survival with and without toxicity in patients with untreated advanced renal cell carcinoma (RCC), according to an updated analysis of the phase 3 CheckMate 214 trial presented at the European Society for Medical Oncology (ESMO) Virtual Congress 2020. "Conventional measures may not fully characterize the impact of immuno-oncology agents," comment the investigators in their presentation abstract, led by first author Meredith Regan, ScD, Associate Profe...
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Neoadjuvant Nivolumab/Ipilimumab for Oral Cavity SCC: Jonathan Schoenfeld, MD, MPH

Due to intensive treatments, severe side effects, and a high rate of recurrence, oral cavity squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) is a challenging disease associated with poor outcomes. According to a recent study, neoadjuvant nivolumab alone or in combination with ipilimumab may be a safe and effective treatment for patients with oral cavity SCC undergoing surgical resection. In this interview, Jonathan Schoenfeld, MD, MPH, Associate Professor of Radiation Oncology at Harvard Medical School and first ...
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Has Life Expectancy for Adult Survivors of Childhood Cancer Improved?

Scientists recently discovered that improved cancer treatment approaches over time correlate with higher life expectancy in adult survivors of childhood cancer. As cancer treatment evolves to be more effective, more patients are surviving, with some even living long lives disease free. In order to determine if life expectancy also rises with evolving treatment, the investigators examined data derived from the Childhood Cancer Survivor Study, which included data on 5-year survivors of childhood c...
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