Items Tagged ‘keytruda’

December 12th, 2017

Keytruda Immunotherapy Shows Promise for Patients With Herceptin-resistant Breast Cancer

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A combination of Keytruda (pembrolizumab) and Herceptin (trastuzumab), tested in patients with Herceptin-resistant advanced HER2-positive breast cancer, was well tolerated and had clinical benefit in patients whose tumors were positive for a biomarker for Keytruda, according to data presented at the 2017 San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium. About HER2-Positive Breast Cancer About one in five […]

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Tags: Breast Cancer, Herceptin-resistant, immunotherapy, keytruda, News, pembrolizumab, Precision Cancer Medicine, SABCS, trastuzumab


December 6th, 2017

The Role of Immunotherapy in the Treatment of Advanced Non Small Cell Lung Cancer

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Treatment options for advanced NSCLC fit into 3 main categories… Targeted Therapy – we test lung cancer for specific mutations to see if we have an appropriate targeted medication. Immunotherapy – if targeted therapy is not an option immunotherapy should be part of the initial treatment strategy. We test the cancer for a specific protein […]

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Tags: keytruda, lung biomarker, Lung Cancer, Lung Cancer - Non-Small Cell, lung cancer treatment, News, non-small cell lung cancer, Precision Cancer Medicine


October 23rd, 2017

Keytruda® Significantly Prolongs Survival Compared to Chemotherapy First-Line Treatment for Advanced Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer

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Updated study results presented at the World Congress on Lung Cancer this week continue to demonstrate that treatment of advanced non small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) whose tumors expressed high levels of PD-1 with Keytruda® (pembrolizumab) is superior to standard chemotherapy and significantly improves survival. Lung cancer remains the leading cause of cancer-related deaths worldwide. In […]

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Tags: immunotherapy, keytruda, News, Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma, non-small cell lung cancer, opdivo, PD-1, Precision Cancer Medicine


October 17th, 2017

Imfinzi Improves Survival in Stage 3 Non Small Cell Lung Cancer

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Immunotherapy could be the new standard of care in patients with non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC).  The novel immunotherapy checkpoint inhibitors Keytruda® (pembrolizumab) and Opdivo (nivolumab) are already standard of care for advanced NSCLC.1   A recently published study has demonstrated that patients with earlier stage III, locally advanced NSCLC may benefit from anther checkpoint inhibitor Imfinzi […]

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Tags: checkpoint inhibitor, durvalumab, Imfinzi, immunotherapy, keytruda, locally advanced NSCLC, Lung Cancer, News, nivolumab, opdivo, pembrolizumab, Precision Cancer Medicine


October 12th, 2017

Immunotherapy Active Against Triple-Negative Breast Cancer

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October is breast cancer awareness month and patients with triple-negative breast cancer (TNBC) should be aware that data from two clinical trials provide additional evidence that they may derive benefit from checkpoint inhibitor therapy.1-4 About Triple Negative Breast Cancer Approximately 12% of breast cancers are triple-negative breast cancers, meaning that they are estrogen-receptor negative (ER-), […]

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Tags: atezolizumab, Breast Cancer, checkpoint inhibitor, immunotherapy, keytruda, News, PD-1, pembrolizumab, Precision Cancer Medicine, Tecentriq, Triple Negative Breast Cancer


October 4th, 2017

FDA Approves Aliqopa for Relapsed Follicular Lymphoma

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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) granted accelerated approval to Aliqopa® (copanlisib), an intravenously administered pan-class I phosphatidylinositol 3-kinase (PI3K) inhibitor, for the treatment of adults with relapsed follicular lymphoma who have received at least two prior systemic therapies. Follicular lymphoma is the most common indolent (slow-growing) form of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma (NHL), which is […]

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Tags: 2016, advanced, ESMO, keytruda, Lung Cancer, News, Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma, nsclc, opdivo, PD-1, pembrolizumab, Tecentriq


September 25th, 2017

The US Food and Drug Administration has Expanded the Approval of the Precision Cancer Medicine Keytruda for Treatment of Gastric Cancer

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Keytruda (Pembrolizumab) is now indicated for patients with recurrent locally advanced or metastatic gastric or gastro-esophogeal junction adenocarcinoma. Patients eligible for keytruda therapy under this new indication must have PD-L1-expressing tumors, and must demonstrate disease progression after two or more prior lines of therapy – including fluoropyrimidine- and platinum-containing chemotherapy and, in some cases, HER2/neu-targeted […]

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Tags: checkpoint inhibitor, Esophageal Cancer, Gastric Cancer, gastro-esophogeal junction cancer, keytruda, metastatic gastric, News, pembrolizumab, Precision Cancer Medicine


September 18th, 2017

Keytruda Immunotherapy Appears Promising in Advanced Gastric Cancer

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Keytruda (pembrolizumab) appears promising in patients with pretreated metastatic gastric cancer, according to late-breaking results from the KEYNOTE-059 trial presented at the European Society for Medical Oncology (ESMO) 2017 Congress in Madrid.1 Stomach cancer (gastric cancer), is the third leading cause of cancer-related deaths worldwide. Overall, the 5-year survival rate for patients with gastric cancer […]

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Tags: Gastric Cancer, immunotherapy, KEYNOTE-059 programmed death-ligand 1, keytruda, metastatic gastric cancer, News, PD-L1, pembrolizumab, Precision Cancer Medicine, stomach cancer


August 14th, 2017

Head and Neck Cancer-What You Need to Know

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Head and neck cancer includes a number of different malignant cancers that develop in or around the throat, larynx (voice box), nose, sinuses and mouth. Globally, head and neck cancer is the seventh most common type of cancer with an estimated 400,000-600,000 diagnoses every year. Head and neck cancers account for about 3 percent of […]

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Tags: checkpoint inhibitors, Head and Neck Cancer, human papilloma virus, keytruda, News, opdivo, PD-1, Throat Cancer


July 6th, 2017

First-Line Immunotherapy Treatment Can Improve Survival for Subset of Lung Cancer Patients

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Findings from a phase III clinical trial for advanced lung cancer patients could help oncologists better predict which patients are likely to receive the most benefit from immunotherapy as a first-line treatment based on the unique molecular characteristics of their tumor, according to a new study reported by a global team led by David Carbone, […]

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Tags: checkpoint inhibitors, immunotherapy, keytruda, Lung Cancer, News, nivolumab, nsclc, opdivo, Precision Cancer Medicine


June 15th, 2017

With Nearly Three Years of Follow-Up, Keytruda® Continues to have Improved Survival Benefit Compared to Yervoy® in Advanced Melanoma

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Keytruda® (pembrolizumab) continues to outperform Yervoy® (ipilimumab) as initial treatment of patients with advanced melanoma. Updated results of the KEYNOTE 006 trial presented at the 2017 annual meeting of the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) report that Keytruda is now associated with a 30% improvement in survival when used as initial treatment for advanced […]

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Tags: checkpoint inhibitor, immunotherapy, ipilimumab, KEYNOTE-006, keytruda, Melanoma, News, PD-1, pembrolizumab, precison medicine, Yervoy


June 9th, 2017

Shows Improved Outcomes with Addition of Keytruda® in Triple Negative High-Risk Breast Cancer

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The results from the I-SPY 2 TRIAL investigating Keyytruda (pembrolizumab), in combination with standard therapy as a pre-operative (neoadjuvant) treatment for patients with locally advanced breast cancer were released at the 2017 American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) Annual Meeting in Chicago.  The estimated pathologic complete response (pCR) rate increased nearly threefold in patients with triple-negative […]

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Tags: Breast Cancer, checkpoint inhibitor, keytruda, News, opdivo, PD-1, precision medicine, Triple negative Breast Cancer (TNBC), Yervoy


May 11th, 2017

FDA Approval Suggests Keytruda® Combined With Chemotherapy May Become New Standard Initial Treatment for Patients With Metastatic Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer

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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved Keytruda® (pembrolizumab), an anti-PD-1 precision cancer medicine, in combination with Alimta®  (pemetrexed) and carboplatin chemotherapy as first-line treatment of metastatic non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC), irrespective of PD-L1 expression. Lung cancer remains the leading cause of cancer-related deaths worldwide. In the United States, NSCLC accounts for […]

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Tags: keytruda, Lung Cancer, News, nsclc, PD-1, precision cancer immunotherapy


April 4th, 2017

Keytruda Shows Promise in Treatment of Mesothelioma

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Keytruda (pembrolizumab), an antibody drug already used to treat other forms of cancer, can be effective in the treatment of the most common form of mesothelioma, according to a new study led by investigators from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. The study, published in The Lancet Oncology, is the first […]

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Tags: keytruda, Mesothelioma, News


March 23rd, 2017

SWOG Launches National Immunotherapy Clinical Trial for Rare Cancers

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People with rare cancers now have the option of joining a national clinical trial testing leading-edge immunotherapies for a wide variety of tumor types. It’s the first federally funded immunotherapy trial devoted to rare cancers. Despite their name, rare cancers make up more than 20 percent of cancers diagnosed worldwide. The trial is called DART, […]

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Tags: All Cancer Types, General, immunotherapy, keytruda, Neuroblastoma, News, Other News Topics (not Types of Cancer), Retinoblastoma, Sarcoma, Vaginal Cancer