Impact of Somatic Molecular Profiling on Clinical Trial Outcomes in Rare Epithelial Gynecologic Cancer Patients

April 25, 2019 6:00 pm

Given that the limited number of patients and differences in biologic behavior pose challenges in conducting clinical trials in rare malignancies, researchers determined whether using genomic profiling for rare gynecologic malignancies is feasible and have clinical utility. They analyzed somatic

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Still No Benefit of IP Chemo for Ovarian Cancer

April 24, 2019 5:00 pm

By Charles Bankhead

No PFS or OS benefit, more toxicity with IP verses IV regimens

Final results of a highly anticipated randomized trial failed to show a survival benefit with intraperitoneal (IP) chemotherapy in patients with newly diagnosed advanced ovarian … Read more

Niraparib Offers New Option in Heavily Pretreated Ovarian Cancer

April 17, 2019 7:00 pm

By Dave Levitan

Niraparib showed promising and clinically relevant activity as therapy for heavily pretreated patients with ovarian cancer, according to a new phase II study. This was particularly true among women with homologous recombination deficiency (HRD)-positive tumors.

“Although most … Read more

Initial Phase 2 Data From an IMV Clinical Study Continues to Demonstrate DPX-Survivac’s Prior Trend as a Potential Monotherapy Treatment for Advanced Ovarian Cancer

March 26, 2019 5:00 pm

IMV Inc., a clinical stage immuno-oncology corporation, today announced preliminary data from the phase 2 cohort of the DECIDE clinical study. Six patients receiving DPX-Survivac monotherapy with intermittent low-dose cyclophosphamide (mCPA) have reached the first CT scan assessment with key … Read more

SGO 2019: Maintenance Rucaparib Effective for All Age Groups in Ovarian Cancer

March 22, 2019 5:00 pm

By Christina Bennett, MS

Rucaparib, a poly (ADP-ribose) polymerase (PARP) inhibitor, was effective as a maintenance therapy across all age groups of patients with recurrent ovarian cancer, according to the results of a post-hoc exploratory analysis of ARIEL3 presented at … Read more

‘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

Individualized Dosing Regimen Reduces Side Effects in Ovarian Cancer Maintenance Therapy

March 18, 2019 7:00 pm

By Kristie L. Kahl

Side effects decreased among patients with high-risk ovarian cancer who received an individualized starting dose of Zejula (niraparib), based upon baseline bodyweight and platelet counts, compared with a fixed starting dose, according to a recent analysis

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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

PARP Inhibitor Benefit Gets a TWiST in Recurrent Ovarian Cancer

March 17, 2019 6:00 pm

By Ian Ingram

In delaying disease progression in recurrent ovarian cancer, maintenance therapy with the PARP inhibitor niraparib (Zejula) also increased patients’ time without symptoms or toxicity (TWiST), an analysis of the phase III NOVA trial found.

Compared with placebo, … 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

Clearity’s Scientific Director, Dr. Deb Zajchowski, Presents Poster at SGO: Genomic Mutation Profiles of Paired Ovarian Cancers Across Time

March 16, 2019 9:00 am

Clearity’s Scientific Director, Dr. Deb Zajchowski, presented a poster at the SGO’s 50th Annual Meeting on Women’s Cancers entitled: Genomic Mutation Profiles of Paired Ovarian Cancers Across Time.

The data presented describes some of the research being done utilizing The … Read more

Lymphadenectomy Found Not Beneficial in Advanced Ovarian Cancer

March 7, 2019 3:00 pm

By Susan Moench

The results from the Lymphadenectomy in Ovarian Neoplasms (LION) trial, published in the New England Journal of Medicine, which compared systematic pelvic and paraaortic lymphadenectomy with no lymphadenectomy in some women with advanced ovarian cancer, showed … 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

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

The First-Ever Clinical Trial Using Tocotrienols with Ovarian Cancer Patients, Increased their Survival by Seventy Percent in Refractory Ovarian Cancer

February 7, 2019 3:00 pm

A recent study conducted at Denmark’s Vejle Hospital, published in Pharmacological Research, provides evidence of delta-tocotrienol’s benefits for cancer patients. Results of the open-label trial suggest that American River Nutrition-manufactured delta-tocotrienol in combination with bevacizumab had additive effects in chemotherapy … Read more