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

New ‘Trojan Horse’ Cancer Treatment Shows Early Promise in Multiple Tumor Types

February 8, 2019 9:00 am

A brand new type of cancer drug that acts as a ‘Trojan horse’ to get inside tumour cells has shown promise in patients with six different cancer types.

In patients with advanced, drug-resistant cancers, over a quarter with cervical and … Read more

Survival Benefit With GI-Based Adjuvant Chemotherapy Regimen in Mucinous Ovarian Cancer

February 4, 2019 8:00 pm

By Kristi Rosa

Data from a retrospective study suggests an adjuvant gastrointestinal (GI)-based chemotherapy regimen is more beneficial than one that is gynecologic-based in patients with mucinous ovarian cancer, said Katherine C. Kurnit, MD.

“Right now, mucinous ovarian cancer is … 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

New Breath Test for Cancer Currently Under Trial

January 7, 2019 5:00 pm

By Maria Cohut

A clinical trial has just launched to assess the effectiveness of a newly developed breath test that could help diagnose multiple forms of cancer.

Researchers from the Cancer Research United Kingdom Cambridge Institute have recently developed an … 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

Merck, Pfizer’s Bavencio Misses Ovarian Cancer Trial Endpoints

November 26, 2018 7:45 pm

By Selina McKee

A late-stage study testing Merck KGaA and Pfizer’s PD-L1 antibody Bavencio has failed to meet its primary endpoints in patients with certain forms of ovarian cancer.

The drug was being tested as monotherapy and in combination with … 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

New Blood Test Could Spare Cancer Patients From Unnecessary Chemotherapy

October 17, 2018 10:02 pm

Cancer patients could be spared unnecessary chemotherapy – and its side effects – by a new blood test that is in clinical trials at more than 40 hospitals in Australia and New Zealand.

The trials, led by Melbourne researchers, are … 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

New Developments in Ovarian Cancer Treatment Are Showing Promise

September 14, 2018 4:29 pm

Cancer is never an easy foe, but some types are more stubborn than others. Ovarian cancer is one of the hardest to treat.

But there are signs of progress. Several recent studies have used new combination treatment strategies, including a … 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

Treating Ovarian Cancers by Targeting Mutations

July 31, 2018 11:22 pm

New research has shown that ovarian cancer patients with a tumor mutation in the BRAF gene respond exceptionally well to treatment with targeted drugs, known as BRAF inhibitors.

BRAF inhibitors block the activity of mutated BRAF gene. They are currently … Read more

Can a personalized cancer vaccine effectively treat ovarian cancer?

July 6, 2018 9:12 pm
In recent study published in Science Translational Medicine, researchers tested a personalized cancer vaccine for treating ovarian cancer.

For most advanced ovarian cancers, the current treatment is a combination of surgery and chemotherapy. Initially, patient response to this treatment

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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

Bevacizumab Rechallenge Benefit in Recurrent Ovarian Cancer?

June 19, 2018 5:43 pm

A new study suggests that a rechallenge with bevacizumab in combination with platinum-based chemotherapy may prolong progression-free survival (PFS) in patients with recurrent ovarian cancer (ROC) who already received this agent during first-line treatment. The study was presented by Italian … Read more

FDA Approves Bevacizumab Plus Chemotherapy in Advanced OC

June 14, 2018 7:32 pm

Today, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved bevacizumab (Avastin) in combination with chemotherapy (carboplatin and paclitaxel) followed by bevacizumab as a single agent for the treatment of women with advanced (stage III or IV) ovarian cancer following initial … Read more