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

SEngine Precision Medicine IDs Potential Ovarian Cancer Treatment Combos Using Organoid Approach

November 23, 2020 8:00 pm

By Caroline Hopkins

Using organoids that closely model certain features of ovarian tumors, researchers have identified and tested treatment combinations that may benefit patients, many of whom experience acquired or de novo resistance to PARP inhibitors.

In a study recently … 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

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

Triple therapy Shows Promise in Non-Germline BRCA-Mutated Ovarian Cancer

October 10, 2020 5:00 pm

By Savannah Demko

Triple therapy with olaparib plus durvalumab and bevacizumab were well-tolerated in patients with non-germline BRCA-mutated, platinum-sensitive, relapsed ovarian cancer, according to data presented at ESMO Virtual Congress 2020.

“Preclinical studies suggest the potential for synergy between … Read more

Halting Cancer by Halting DNA Repair

September 25, 2020 11:00 am

By Liam Drew

PARP inhibitors are rapidly transforming the treatment of ovarian, breast, prostate and other types of cancer. To develop these drugs, researchers supported by Cancer Research UK had to decipher how blocking DNA repair could expose a weak … Read more

Why Some Cancers May Respond Poorly to Key Drugs Discovered

September 22, 2020 4:00 pm

Patients with BRCA1/2 mutations are at higher risk for breast, ovarian and prostate cancers that can be aggressive when they develop—and, in many cases, resistant to lifesaving drugs. Now scientists at The University of Texas at Austin and Ajou University … 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

PARP Inhibitors Deemed Too Costly For Across-the-Board Frontline Maintenance in Ovarian Cancer

September 11, 2020 8:00 pm

By Leah Lawrence

A new study estimated that a PARP inhibitor-for-all approach to treating advanced-stage ovarian cancer would be associated with high costs compared with biomarker-directed use of PARP inhibitors.1 Study researchers recommended that maintenance treatment with PARP inhibitors … 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

ASCO Releases New Guidelines on PARP Inhibitor Use for Management of Ovarian Cancer

September 1, 2020 2:00 pm

By Hannah Slater

The recommendations were based on a review of 17 clinical trials, FDA approvals, and consensus where evidence was lacking.

The American Society for Clinical Oncology (ASCO) published new guidelines on the use of PARP inhibitors in the … Read more

Niraparib-Bevacizumab Combo Improves Clinical Outcomes in Recurrent Ovarian Cancer

June 5, 2020 8:00 am

By Audrey Sternberg

The combination use of niraparib plus bevacizumab significantly improved clinical outcomes, compared with niraparib alone, in patients with recurrent ovarian cancer.

The combination use of niraparib (Zejula) plus bevacizumab (Avastin) significantly improved clinical outcomes, compared with niraparib … Read more

Combined Cediranib and Olaparib Presents Similar Activity to Standard of Care Treatment

May 29, 2020 10:00 am

Combined cediranib and olaparib presents similar activity to standard of care treatment for platinum-sensitive ovarian cancer.

Results of the NRG Oncology phase III clinical trial NRG-GY004 indicated that the addition of the investigational agent cediranib to olaparib and standard platinum-based … Read more

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 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

Olaparib Matches Chemotherapy Outcomes in Platinum-Sensitive Recurrent Ovarian Cancer

April 17, 2020 10:30 am

By Lisa Astor

Treatment with olaparib demonstrated similar outcomes to standard-of-care chemotherapy treatment in patients with BRCA wild-type, platinum-sensitive, recurrent epithelial ovarian cancer in the phase II CLIO study. As such, olaparib failed to demonstrate a significant improvement in survival 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

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

FDA Approves Zejula for Advanced Ovarian Cancer Subset

October 23, 2019 3:30 pm

By Jessica Skarzynski

The Food and Drug Administration has approved Zejula for patients with advanced ovarian, fallopian tube, or primary peritoneal cancer that have been treated with three or more prior chemotherapy regimens and whose cancer is associated with homologous Read more