‘End of the Road’ for Trabectedin in Ovarian Cancer?

March 21, 2019 7:00 pm

By Ian Ingram

Trial stopped for futility, but 13-month OS improvement seen in patients with BRCA mutations.

Trabectedin (Yondelis) plus pegylated liposomal doxorubicin (PLD) failed to improve survival in a phase III trial of third-line ovarian cancer, but a survival … Read more

Avelumab Combo Falls Short in Advanced Ovarian Cancer

March 20, 2019 7:00 pm

By Ian Ingram

But showed promise in PD-L1-positive group.

Adding avelumab (Bavencio) to pegylated liposomal doxorubicin (PLD) failed to improve survival outcomes for patients with platinum-resistant or refractory ovarian cancer in a phase III trial reported here.

In the intent-to-treat … Read more

Early Data Send Strong Signal in Advanced Gyn Cancers

March 19, 2019 7:00 pm

By Ian Ingram

Clinical benefit rate tops 90% in pair of single-center studies.

Two early trials of novel combinations showed promising clinical activity in gynecologic cancers at a late-breaking abstract session at the Society of Gynecologic Oncology (SGO) meeting here.… Read more

SGO 2019: Pembrolizumab Combo Shows Clinical Benefit for Recurrent Epithelial Ovarian Cancer

March 19, 2019 3:00 pm

By Christina Bennett, MS

Pembrolizumab in combination with bevacizumab and oral metronomic cyclophosphamide showed clinical activity in patients with recurrent epithelial ovarian cancer, according to the results of an open-label phase II trial (LBA4) presented at the 2019 Society of … Read more

Lenvatinib Combo Yields Favorable Responses in Ovarian, Endometrial Cancers

March 18, 2019 3:30 pm

By Kristie L. Kahl

Lenvatinib (Lenvima) in combination with weekly paclitaxel induced activity among those with recurrent endometrial and platinum-resistant epithelial ovarian cancer, resulting in a 65% overall response rate (ORR), according to results from a phase I study presented … Read more

SGO 2019: Dendritic Cell-Based Immunotherapy Appears Promising for Recurrent Ovarian Cancer

March 16, 2019 5:00 pm

The treatment offers long-lasting anti-tumor immunity.

The addition of a dendritic cell immunotherapy to chemotherapy has been found to prolong overall survival significantly in patients with recurrent ovarian cancer. The combination of chemotherapy + immunotherapy corresponded to 73% survival after … Read more

Anti-CD47 Antibody Trial in Advanced Cancers Shows Treatment Appears Safe, Well-Tolerated

March 6, 2019 5:00 pm

By Krista Conger

Over the years, I’ve written quite a bit about a protein called CD47 that is found on the surface of many types of cancer cells, as well as on aging red blood cells.

In 2009, researchers in … Read more

ImmunoGen’s Ovarian Cancer Drug Misses Phase III Primary Endpoint

March 4, 2019 5:00 pm

US-based biotechnology company ImmunoGen has reported negative top-line results from the Phase III FORWARD I ovarian cancer trial of mirvetuximab soravtansine.

The study failed to meet its primary endpoint of progression-free survival (PFS). Mirvetuximab soravtansine is an antibody-drug conjugate (ADC) … Read more

Exactly What Does a Principal Investigator of a Trial Do?

February 13, 2019 8:00 pm

By Milton Packer, MD

Most observers do not understand what the academic leaders of a clinical trial really do. To many, the steering committee simply takes its marching orders from industry sponsors. Some believe that every trial is designed by … Read more

Alisertib-Based Combo Improves Survival Outcomes in Ovarian, Breast Cancer

January 21, 2019 10:30 am

By Jessica Skarzynski

For some time now, paclitaxel has been considered standard of care in the treatment of patients with platinum-resistant ovarian cancer; however, recent research has shown the addition of the investigational drug alisertib to a paclitaxel regimen demonstrated … Read more

Avelumab Fails to Extend PFS in Ovarian Cancer

January 2, 2019 5:00 pm

A randomized phase 3 trial designed to evaluate avelumab for women with previously untreated advanced ovarian cancer failed to achieve its primary endpoint of PFS.

The JAVELIN Ovarian 100 study has been terminated based on the finding, reported as part … Read more

Ovarian Cancer ‘Breakthrough’ Drug Prevents Disease Returning for Years

October 22, 2018 4:35 pm

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A new ovarian cancer treatment dramatically reduces the chances of the disease returning, a study has shown.

Doctors have hailed the results of a “breakthrough” trial which they say opens the possibility that many more women suffering … Read more

Early Clinical Trials Showing Promise for New Kind of Cancer Vaccine

September 30, 2018 3:14 pm

By Rich Haridy

Promising early results are in from a phase 1 clinical trial into the safety and efficacy of a new cancer vaccine. The new treatment is designed to stimulate the immune system into attacking certain cancers known to … Read more

CTLA4 Targeted Therapy Plus PD-1 Targeted Therapy Could Benefit Women With Ovarian Cancer

September 19, 2018 12:22 am

An analysis of the NRG Oncology clinical trial NRG-GY003 suggests that adding ipilimumab, a monoclonal antibody that targets the protein receptor CTLA-4, to a regimen with the checkpoint inhibitor nivolumab could improve the proportion with tumor response and progression-free survival … Read more

Drug Combination Gives ‘Exciting’ Results in Ovarian and Lung Cancer in Early Trial

August 24, 2018 1:58 am

Combining a new targeted cancer drug with chemotherapy has shown promise in an early clinical trial, in patients with ovarian or lung cancer for whom all other treatments had failed.

The combination of targeted drug vistusertib along with paclitaxel chemotherapy … Read more

Tumor Treating Fields Plus Paclitaxel Appears Safe, Effective in Recurrent Ovarian Cancer

August 16, 2018 12:57 am
BY Kristie L. Kahl
The combination use of Tumor Treating Fields (TTFields) and paclitaxel more than doubled progression-free survival (PFS) in patients with recurrent, platinum-resistant ovarian cancer compared with those who received weekly paclitaxel, according to results from the phase … Read more

Quality of Life Maintained With Niraparib for Ovarian Cancer

August 1, 2018 9:19 pm

by Madeline Marr

The use of niraparib in women receiving treatment for platinum-sensitive recurrent ovarian cancer did not adversely affect quality of life (QoL), according to a study published in The Lancet Oncology.

An international team of researchers led … Read more

ASCO 2018: Dendritic Cell Vaccine

June 20, 2018 5:46 pm

Dendritic cell vaccine improved progression-free survival when administered sequentially after chemotherapy. The vaccine provides a promising maintenance treatment option to delay progression of epithelial ovarian carcinoma.

This outcome of an interim analysis of a phase II, open-label, randomized, multicenter trial … Read more

Olaparib Plus Vistusertib Promising in Early Trial

June 8, 2018 9:48 pm

The combination of the PARP inhibitor olaparib with an mTORC1/2 inhibitor known as vistusertib was tolerable and had promising activity across endometrial, ovarian, and triple-negative breast cancers, according to a phase I trial. Results of the trial (abstract 5504Read more

PFS Rises in Ovarian Cancer with Repeat Bevacizumab

June 8, 2018 9:47 pm

Women with advanced ovarian cancer previously treated with bevacizumab (Avastin) had a 3-month improvement in progression-free survival (PFS) when they received second-line therapy that included bevacizumab, European investigators reported.

Median PFS increased from 8.8 months with platinum-based chemotherapy to 11.8 … Read more