Olaparib/Bevacizumab Improves Outcomes in BRCA-Negative Ovarian Cancer

A phase 3 trial reports that olaparib as maintenance therapy in combination with bevacizumab increases progression-free survival (PFS) in patients with newly diagnosed, advanced high-grade ovarian cancer both with and without BRCA mutations.While previous studies have found that maintenance olaparib is associated with improved outcomes in patients with ovarian cancer with BRCA mutations, its efficacy in patients without BRCA mutations had not been confirmed. In the phase 3 PAOLA-1 trial, a team ...
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Olaparib Approval: BRCA-Mutated Metastatic Pancreatic Cancer

The FDA has now approved olaparib (Lynparza®, AstraZeneca) for the maintenance treatment of adults with deleterious or suspected deleterious germline BRCA-mutated metastatic pancreatic adenocarcinoma who have not experienced disease progression after at least 16 weeks of a first-line platinum-based chemotherapy regimen. In addition, the FDA approved the BRACAnalysis CDx test (Myriad Genetic Laboratories, Inc.) as a companion diagnostic for the selection of patients with deleterious or suspected ...
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Olaparib Maintenance for Metastatic Pancreatic Cancer

The phase 3 POLO trial (NCT02184195) reports that maintenance olaparib increases progression-free survival in metastatic pancreatic cancer with germline BRCA mutations."Metastatic pancreatic cancer is particularly refractory to treatment," Talia Golan, MD, Head of the Sheba Pancreatic Cancer Center at the Oncology Institute of Tel Aviv University's Sheba Medical Center, and colleagues remark in their publication in The New England Journal of Medicine. "Current standard-of-care first-line tr...
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Survey of Oncology Nurses Reveals Knowledge Gaps Regarding PARP Inhibitor Therapies

Poly(ADP)-ribose polymerase (PARP) inhibition is a new form of targeted therapy that has exhibited effectiveness in treating several solid tumor types. Olaparib (Lynparza®, AstraZeneca), rucaparib (Rubraca®, Clovis Oncology), and niraparib (Zejula®, Tesaro) have all been approved for the treatment of advanced ovarian cancer. Olaparib has also been approved to treat BRCA-mutated breast cancer and is currently being investigated in the treatment of prostate cancer. Another PARP inhibitor, talazopa...
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Advanced Gynecologic Cancers: Olaparib Approved for Maintenance Therapy

The FDA has now approved olaparib (Lynparza®, AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals LP) for maintenance treatment of adults with deleterious or suspected deleterious germline or somatic BRCA-mutated advanced epithelial ovarian, fallopian tube, or primary peritoneal cancer experiencing complete or partial response to first-line platinum-based chemotherapy. Patients are to be selected for therapy using an FDA-approved companion diagnostic, the BRACAnalysis CDx® test (Myriad Genetic Laboratories, Inc.).The a...
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