Ken Kato, MD, PhD: FDA Approval of Nivolumab for Esophageal Squamous Cell Carcinoma

The FDA recently approved nivolumab for patients with unresectable advanced, recurrent, or metastatic esophageal squamous cell carcinoma (ESCC) who have received prior fluoropyrimidine- and platinum-based chemotherapy. Ken Kato, MD, PhD, lead author on the study the approval was based on, spoke to i3 Health about the challenges of treating this patient population, in addition to the significance of this approval. What are the most challenging aspects of treating patients with advanced ESCC refra...
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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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