New OS Data With Olaparib Support ‘New Era’ for Ovarian Cancer

May 14, 2020 10:00 am

By Liam Davenport

Women with platinum-sensitive relapsed ovarian cancer and a BRCA mutation could see their survival extended by over a year by maintenance therapy with the PARP-inihibitor olaparib (Lynparza, AstraZeneca).

The new overall survival (OS) data come … Read more

FDA Approves Lynparza/Avastin With Myriad Genetics CDx for Platinum-Sensitive Ovarian Cancer

May 11, 2020 10:00 am

NEW YORK – The US Food and Drug Administration has approved olaparib (AstraZeneca/Merck’s Lynparza) in combination with bevacizumab (Genentech’s Avastin) as a maintenance regimen for advanced ovarian cancer patients who have homologous recombination deficiency (HRD) and are responding to first-line … Read more

FDA Approves Combination of Lynparza and Avastin as Maintenance Treatment for Advanced Ovarian Cancer

May 8, 2020 10:00 am

By Beth Fand Incollingo

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved the combination of two targeted drugs, Lynparza (olaparib) and Avastin (bevacizumab), for patients with advanced ovarian cancer who have responded to initial treatment with platinum-based chemotherapy plus Avastin … Read more

FDA Approves Niraparib for Advanced Ovarian Cancer

April 29, 2020 10:00 am

By Hannah Slater

The FDA approved niraparib (Zejula) for the maintenance treatment of adult patients with advanced epithelial ovarian, fallopian tube, or primary peritoneal cancer who are in a complete or partial response to first-line platinum-based chemotherapy.1

Efficacy for … Read more

Frontline Niraparib Plus Bevacizumab for Advanced Ovarian Cancer Yields Promising Activity

April 13, 2020 12:00 pm

By Gina Columbus

Frontline niraparib in addition to bevacizumab as maintenance demonstrated impressive clinical activity in patients with advanced ovarian cancer who achieved either a complete or partial response to frontline platinum-based chemotherapy with bevacizumab, according to the phase II Read more

Olaparib/Bevacizumab as Frontline Maintenance Improves PFS in Ovarian Cancer, Regardless of Timing of Surgery, Disease Status

April 8, 2020 10:00 am

By Gina Columbus

The combination of olaparib (Lynparza) and bevacizumab (Avastin) was found to improve progression-free survival (PFS) outcomes versus bevacizumab alone as a frontline maintenance treatment in patients with newly diagnosed advanced high-grade serous ovarian cancer, regardless of the … Read more

Analysis Pinpoints Veliparib Antitumor Activity in Ovarian Cancer

April 6, 2020 10:00 am

By Jason M. Broderick

Adding veliparib to frontline induction chemotherapy increased complete and CA-125 responses compared with chemotherapy alone in patients with high-grade serous ovarian cancer, according to an exploratory analysis of the phase III VELIA trial.1

The 3-arm … Read more

Advanced Ovarian Cancer: Survival & NAC Use Continue to Increase

April 2, 2020 11:00 am

By Pam Harrison

Uptake of neoadjuvant chemotherapy (NAC) for the treatment of advanced ovarian cancer has increased dramatically since 2006 in the United States, but importantly, the median survival has also continued to increase, new research shows.

These trends confirm … 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

More Evidence Supporting the Clinical Benefit of Niraparib Maintenance Therapy After Chemo in Advanced Ovarian Cancer

March 31, 2020 12:00 pm

By Susan Moench, PhD, PA-C

Preliminary assessments of secondary study endpoints of a phase 3 clinical trial evaluating maintenance therapy with niraparib, an inhibitor of poly(adenosine diphosphate [ADP]–ribose) polymerase (PARP), compared with placebo in patients with newly diagnosed advanced ovarian … Read more

Phase 3 Trial Examining ICIs in Epithelial Ovarian Cancers Halted Due to Futility

March 31, 2020 11:00 am

By Susan Moench, PhD, PA-C

An interim analysis of results of the first phase 3 clinical trial evaluating an immune checkpoint inhibitor either in combination with or following platinum-based chemotherapy compared with chemotherapy alone in patients with previously untreated advanced … 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

PARP Inhibitors: The Key to a Tx Paradigm Shift in Ovarian Cancer?

September 29, 2019 6:00 pm

By Ed Susman

PRIMA and VELIA trial findings advance niraparib and veliparib to the therapeutic front lines.

Patients with newly diagnosed advanced ovarian cancer who responded to first-line chemotherapy, then were treated with niraparib (Zejula), had a significantly reduced risk … Read more

First-Line Combo Boosts PFS in Advanced Ovarian Cancer

September 28, 2019 5:00 pm

By Charles Bankhead

Olaparib-bevacizumab maintenance boosts PARP inhibitor benefits beyond BRCA-mutated subgroup.

Dual maintenance therapy with olaparib (Lynparza) and bevacizumab (Avastin) significantly improved progression-free survival (PFS) in women with newly diagnosed advanced ovarian cancer, as compared with single-agent bevacizumab, a … Read more

A Glossary of Cancer Terms for Patients

June 24, 2019 6:00 pm

By Andrea S. Blevins Primeau, PhD, MBA

Many complex terms and numerous abbreviations are used in the field of oncology. Many patients likely do not fully understand these terms, whether they hear them during their oncology visits or when reading … Read more

Trial Examines Tolerance of Maintenance Olaparib in Advanced Ovarian Cancer

June 12, 2019 5:00 pm

By Dave Levitan

An analysis of the phase III SOLO1 trial found no new safety signals when the PARP inhibitor olaparib was given as maintenance therapy for women with newly diagnosed advanced ovarian cancer and a BRCA mutation. Nausea, fatigue, … Read more

The CA125 Blood Test: Your Questions Answered

June 10, 2019 5:00 pm

What is a CA125 blood test?

CA125 is a protein that both men and women have in their blood. The normal level of this is 35 units per millilitre (U/mL), or lower.

A CA125 blood test is used to check … Read more

A Letter to My Newly Diagnosed Self

May 24, 2019 1:00 pm

By Kelly Irvin

A second ovarian cancer recurrence in three years prompted this review of lessons learned. If I could go back three and a half years and give advice to my newly diagnosed self, what would I say?

This … Read more

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

3 Women on How They’ve Handled the Hardest Parts of Ovarian Cancer

December 17, 2018 5:00 pm

By Claire Gillespie

Hobbies, physical activity, and loved ones all help.

For some women, an ovarian cancer diagnosis comes after a lengthy, frustrating, stressful process, given that many don’t have observable symptoms until the cancer is in a more advanced … Read more