This MicroRNA Might Help Detect, Treat Ovarian Cancer

June 26, 2020 6:00 pm

In cell and mouse models, miR-181a showed promise as a biomarker for early stage ovarian cancer and may help make immunotherapy treatment more effective.

By Ian Demsky

A microRNA that is normally involved in immune cell differentiation helps to initiate

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FDA Approves Pembrolizumab for TMB-High Tumors

June 16, 2020 3:00 am

The FDA has approved pembrolizumab (Keytruda) to treat adult and pediatric patients with unresectable or metastatic solid tumors that are tissue tumor mutational burden–high (≥10 mutations/megabase) and have progressed following prior therapy and who have no satisfactory alternative treatment options.Read more

Final Results of KEYNOTE-100 for Patients With Advanced Ovarian Cancer

June 3, 2020 5:00 pm

Pembrolizumab monotherapy continues to show modest antitumor activity in patients with recurrent advanced ovarian cancer, according to updated results of the KEYNOTE-100 study presented at the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) Annual Meeting (May 29-31, 2020).

In the interim … Read more

Abclon Derives Clinical Materials for CAR-T Treatment of Ovarian Cancer

April 21, 2020 6:00 pm

By Shim Hyun-tai

Antibody-based therapeutics developer Abclon said Tuesday that it has successfully drawn final candidates for the clinical trials of the next-generation chimeric antigen receptor T (CAR-T) cell therapy for ovarian cancer.

Abclon plans to enter clinical trials in … Read more

New Cancer Drug Shrinks Tumors, Reduces Side Effects, in Animal Studies

April 15, 2020 10:00 am

By Brita Belli

A class of experimental cancer drugs called BET inhibitors have shown promise for treating cancers of the blood, but can induce toxic side effects. Now Yale researchers have found a new inhibitor that in animal studies demonstrates … Read more

Frontline Maintenance Vigil Immunotherapy Improves RFS in Ovarian Cancer

April 2, 2020 10:30 am

By Gina Columbus

Frontline maintenance treatment with Vigil immunotherapy demonstrated an improvement in relapse-free survival (RFS) compared with placebo in patients with stage III/IV ovarian cancer, especially in those with BRCA1/2 wild-type disease, according to phase II results from the … Read more

New Type of Immunotherapy Hinders the Spread of Ovarian Cancer

March 26, 2020 10:00 am

Malignant ovarian cancer is insidious: Known and feared for vague and uncharacteristic symptoms that often mean the disease is discovered so late that on average only four out of six patients are still alive after five years. Researchers from Aarhus … Read more

VB-111 Hits Milestone in Phase III Platinum-Resistant Ovarian Cancer Trial

March 26, 2020 10:00 am

By Jason M. Broderick

An independent panel determined that the investigational agent VB-111 (ofranergene obadenovec) met the interim prespecified efficacy criterion in the phase III OVAL study in patients with platinum-resistant ovarian cancer, and that the trial should continue without … Read more

Immunotherapy With Neoadjuvant Chemotherapy Signals Efficacy in Advanced-Stage Ovarian Cancer

March 19, 2020 11:00 am

By Nichole Tucker

GEN-1 immunotherapy demonstrated dose-dependent efficacy results in newly diagnosed patients with advanced epithelial ovarian, fallopian tube, or primary peritoneal cancer (EOC) when treated in combination with the standard of care, according to results from the OVATION 2 … Read more

IMV preps pivotal trials for ovarian cancer T cell therapy

February 26, 2020 11:00 am

IMV says new results from its phase 2 trial of lead drug DPX-Survivac, designed to stimulate a T cell response in ovarian cancer, have set it on course for a registration trial.

The Canadian biotech revealed data from the 22-patient … Read more

IFN-Activated Monocytes Show Early Promise For Ovarian Cancer

February 13, 2020 11:00 am

By Sharon Worcester

REPORTING FROM THE CLINICAL IMMUNO-ONCOLOGY SYMPOSIUM

– Intraperitoneal infusions of peginterferon alfa-2b and interferon gamma-1b, administered with or without autologous monocytes, showed antitumor activity and tolerability in heavily pretreated patients with ovarian cancer in a first-in-human
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Supercharged Cancer Cells Outrun Chemo, Race toward Immunotherapy

February 7, 2020 10:00 am

Cancer cells operate in mutational overdrive, which allows them to blow past chemotherapy and other would-be enforcers of physiological order. Cancer’s speeding, however, may prove to be a vulnerability, say scientists from the Mayo Clinic, the Institute of Cancer Research, … Read more

Tweaking how CAR-T therapy kills tumors could stop a dangerous side effect, study finds

January 28, 2020 10:00 am

By Sharon Begley

As every trauma surgeon knows, there are messy bullet wounds and there are neat ones, and the former cause incomparably more trouble. If a team of scientists in China is right, the same principle may explain why … Read more

“One-size-fits-all” cancer treatment could be on the horizon after scientists discover new immune cell by accident

January 24, 2020 10:00 am

By Kashmira Gander

Scientists have discovered a new cell in the immune system that can kill many types of cancer, which they hope could one day be used to create a “one size fits all” treatment for the disease.

In … Read more

Siravatinib/Tislelizumab Signals Efficacy in Patients With Platinum-Resistant Ovarian Cancer

December 19, 2019 6:00 pm

By Nichole Tucker

Preliminary data showed that the combination of sitravatinib (MGCD516) and tislelizumab (BGB-A317) is well tolerated and may promote antitumor activity when administered to patients with platinum-resistant ovarian cancer, according to a press release from BieGene, Ltd, which … Read more

Olaparib Plus Durvalumab Show Durable Activity in Germline BRCA+ Breast, Ovarian Cancer

October 11, 2019 5:00 pm

By Wayne Kuznar

The case for the combination of olaparib (Lynparza) and durvalumab (Imfinzi) in patients with metastatic breast cancer and relapsed ovarian cancer with germline BRCA mutations was strengthened based on the updated results from the phase I/II MEDIOLA, … Read more

Can PARP Inhibitors and Immune Checkpoint Inhibitors Improve Outcomes in Ovarian Cancer?

August 26, 2019 7:00 pm

By Dave Levitan

The combination of a poly (ADP-ribose) polymerase (PARP) inhibitor and immune checkpoint inhibition with tislelizumab was well tolerated and showed promising anti-tumor activity in a phase I trial of patients with multiple solid tumor types, according to … Read more

Discovery of New “Don’t Eat Me Protein” Points the Way to Effective Cancer Therapy

August 1, 2019 4:00 pm

By Alexandru Micu

Stanford University (SU) researchers have found a new signaling molecule that cancer cells use to keep the immune system at bay.

Our bodies’ immune cells are, among other objectives, tasked with clearing out malfunctioning cells. In theory, … Read more

Novel Treatment Turns Tumors Into ‘Cancer Vaccine Factories’

June 13, 2019 5:00 pm

By Mark L. Fuerst

In-situ vaccine may enhance immunotherapy response in resistant cancers, study shows.

A novel approach to cancer immunotherapy injects immune stimulants directly into a tumor to “teach,” induce the immune system to destroy the cancer and other

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Types of Drugs Used to Treat Cancer

April 15, 2019 7:00 pm

By Andrea S. Blevins Primeau, PhD, MBA

There are many different types of agents used in the treatment of cancer, and they can generally be classified according to molecule type or their basic mechanism of action. Different cancer types have … Read more