PARP Inhibitors Linked With Blood Cancer Risk

December 28, 2020 11:00 am

Incidence of MDS/AML under 1%, but further investigation warranted as indications broaden

By Leah Lawrence

Although rare, poly-ADP ribose polymerase (PARP) inhibitors were associated with an increased risk for myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS) and acute myeloid leukemia (AML), and occurred even … Read more

Phase 1 Study of Novel Drug for Ovarian Cancer Shows Positive Results

December 5, 2020 6:00 pm

One patient had a complete response and the majority of patients achieved disease control at 12 weeks.

A phase 1 trial of an anti-folate receptor alpha (FolRα) human immunoglobulin G1 (IgG1) antibody for women with advanced ovarian cancer showed responses

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New Combination Treatment for Recurrent Ovarian Cancer Shows Positive Outcomes

November 19, 2020 5:00 pm

A team from Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center has detailed striking findings on the effectiveness of a previously untried combination of old and new drugs as treatment for recurrent ovarian cancer.

In a new article in JAMA Oncology, the … Read more

‘Next-Gen’ Immunotherapy Active in Advanced Cancers

November 16, 2020 5:00 pm

Disease control in two-thirds of patients treated with bispecific antibody.

By Charles Bankhead

An investigational drug that combines PD-1/L1 inhibition and T-cell stimulation led to disease control in two-thirds of patients with unresectable advanced solid malignancies, a preliminary clinical study … Read more

The Stressful Conclusion of a Clinical Trial

November 9, 2020 9:00 am

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When I learned this summer that the clinical trial of the cancer drug that seems to be keeping me alive had unexpectedly shut down, I discovered the murky rules governing drug trials and the stressful confusion they … Read more

Improvements to Cancer Clinical Trials After COVID-19 Wreckage

November 3, 2020 3:00 pm

By Kate Johnson

As the COVID-19 pandemic rolled across North America earlier this year, cancer clinics shut their doors, patients stayed home, and oncology researchers contemplated an unthinkable setback as laboratory closures and trial freezes threatened the demise of years … Read more

SRS Instead of WBRT for Patients With Multiple Brain Metastases

October 29, 2020 3:00 pm

 Roxanne Nelson, RN, BSN

Stereotactic radiosurgery (SRS) should replace whole-brain radiotherapy (WBRT) as the new standard of care for patients with four or more brain metastases, say researchers who report results from a randomized trial conducted in patients with … Read more

ASCO Advises Against PARP Inhibitor Retreatment in Ovarian Cancer

October 28, 2020 4:00 pm

By Andrew D. Bowser

New guidelines recommend against retreatment with poly (ADP-ribose) polymerase (PARP) inhibitors in women with epithelial ovarian, tubal, or primary peritoneal cancer (EOC). However, trials investigating retreatment are underway, so this recommendation may change.

The guidelines, from … Read more

Adagrasib a Promising New Treatment for Lung, Pancreatic, Endometrial, Ovarian and Colon Cancers

October 27, 2020 6:00 pm

By Mary Moore

A new drug that inhibits a cancer mutation in the KRAS gene has shown encouraging results in patients with lung cancer, colon cancer, and other solid tumors.

For decades, scientists have been trying to develop new … Read more

New BRAF Inhibitor Cancer Drug Shows Efficacy

October 26, 2020 4:00 pm

By Robert Dillard

A new drug developed to treat cancers with an altered BRAF gene has shown efficacy in an early patient trial, according to a study presented at the 32nd EORTC-NCI-AACR [1] Symposium on Molecular Targets and Cancer Therapeutics, … Read more

Most Cancer Patients Would Join a Clinical Trial if Offered the Chance

October 20, 2020 4:00 pm

By Anne Harding

New findings debunk the conventional wisdom that Black cancer patients are less likely to agree to participate in clinical trials.

Overall, 55% of patients offered trial participation agreed to enroll, and white and Black patients agreed to … Read more

Bayer’s ATR Inhibitor May Benefit Cancers With ATM Aberrations, Early Data Suggest

September 29, 2020 4:00 pm

Researchers are optimistic that data from a first-in-human clinical trial of Bayer’s ATR-inhibiting agent, BAY-1895344, may pave the way for a new class of precision oncology treatments for patients with certain DNA damage response (DDR) defects in their tumors.

The … Read more

Immunotherapy Falls Short Again in Ovarian Cancer

September 23, 2020 6:00 pm

No PFS benefit in advanced disease with addition of atezolizumab to chemo, bevacizumab.

By Charles Bankhead

An immunotherapy boost failed to improve outcomes in newly diagnosed advanced ovarian cancer compared with chemotherapy and bevacizumab (Avastin), a large international trial showed.… Read more

Olaparib Improves Median Time Without Disease Progression in BRCAm Ovarian Cancer

September 18, 2020 3:00 pm

Olaparib (Lynparza®; AstraZeneca/Merck & Co.*) has demonstrated a long-term progression-free survival (PFS) benefit versus placebo as a 1st-line maintenance treatment in patients with newly diagnosed, advanced BRCA-mutated (BRCAm) ovarian cancer who had a complete or partial response … Read more

Patient-Reported Outcomes for Rucaparib as a Maintenance Therapy in Recurrent Ovarian Cancer

September 3, 2020 5:00 pm

By Susan Moench, PhD, PA-C

Results of an exploratory analysis showed longer quality-adjusted progression-free survival (QA-PFS) and quality-adjusted time without symptoms or toxicity (Q-TWiST) in women with recurrent ovarian cancer treated with maintenance use of the poly(ADP-ribose) polymerase (PARP) inhibitor, … Read more

HIPEC With Cytoreductive Surgery Effective in Ovarian Cancer

August 25, 2020 5:00 pm

By Sarah Williams

For patients with stage III epithelial ovarian cancer, adding hyperthermic intraperitoneal chemotherapy (HIPEC) to primary cytoreductive surgery (PCS) increases survival compared with PCS alone, according to results of a retrospective study now published in JAMA Network OpenRead more

Local Resident Oversees Potential COVID-19 Pneumonia Treatment

August 10, 2020 1:00 pm

By Luke Harold

As chairman and CEO of CalciMedica, Rachel Leheny is overseeing the development of a potential treatment for organ damage caused by COVID-19 pneumonia.

“Our lead compound Auxora is in clinical development in COVID-19 pneumonia,” said Leheny, who … Read more

Be The Difference Foundation Announces Collaboration With Mary Crowley Cancer Research and The Clearity Foundation to Increase Support For Clinical Trial Participants

July 31, 2020 11:00 am

New “Caring For Her” program facilitates access to clinical trials and psychosocial support services for women with ovarian cancer.

Be The Difference Foundation today announced the launch of its “Caring For Her” program in partnership with Mary Crowley Cancer Research

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Survival and Clinical Outcomes of Patients with Ovarian Cancer Who Were Treated on Phase 1 Clinical Trials

July 24, 2020 3:00 pm

Corr BR, Moroney M, Sheeder J, et al

Given that ovarian cancer patients enrolled on phase 1 trials usually have platinum resistant and heavily pretreated disease, with a poor prognosis, researchers undertook this retrospective single-institution series with 132 patients to … Read more

‘We Have a Job to Do’: Cancer Patients and Their Doctors Carry on With Clinical Trials During Covid-19

June 17, 2020 5:00 pm

By Elizabeth Cooney

Cancer isn’t waiting for Covid-19 to go away. Neither is Karen Howley.

Diagnosed two years ago with advanced ovarian cancer, Howley started on a new experimental drug in mid-March, just as coronavirus case counts were soaring in … Read more