Items Tagged ‘pembrolizumab’

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


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


October 27th, 2016

Precision Medicine Guides NSCLC Cancer Treatment: All Patients Should Undergo Molecular Testing

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Lung cancer remains the leading cause of cancer-related deaths worldwide. In the United States, non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) accounts for 75–80% of all lung cancers. Although progress has been made in recent years, the majority of patients with advanced stage lung cancer still die from their disease. Precision medicine continues to impact the lives […]

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Tags: General Lung Cancer, immune response, keytruda, Lung Cancer, Lung Cancer - Non-Small Cell, News, nivolumab, nsclc, opdivo, PD-1 inhibitors, pembrolizumab, precision medicine


October 19th, 2016

Immunotherapy May Become New Standard of Care in Advanced Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer

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Researchers presented full results of Keytruda® (pembrolizumab) and Opdivo® (nivolumab) in previously untreated advanced non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) at the European Society for Medical Oncology annual meeting in Copenhagen. An additional study was also recently published in the New England Journal of Medicine evaluating Keytruda in previously treated patients with advanced NSCLC . Results of […]

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Tags: 2016, advanced, ESMO, General Lung Cancer, keytruda, Lung Cancer, Lung Cancer - Non-Small Cell, News, nsclc, opdivo, PD-1, pembrolizumab


September 14th, 2016

FDA Grants Breakthrough Therapy Designation to Keytruda® for First-Line Treatment of Patients with Advanced Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer

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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has granted Breakthrough Therapy Designation for Keytruda® (pembrolizumab) for first-line treatment of patients with advanced non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC). The FDA’s Breakthrough Therapy Designation is intended to expedite the development and review of a drug that is planned for use to treat a serious or life-threatening disease […]

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Tags: advanced, General Lung Cancer, KEYNOTE-024, Lung Cancer, Lung Cancer - Non-Small Cell, Merck, News, nsclc, pembrolizumab, Stages IIIB-IV Lung Cancer - Non-Small Cell


September 7th, 2016

Keytruda® Approved for Advanced Head and Neck Cancer

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The United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved Keytruda® (pembrolizumab) for the treatment of advanced head and neck cancer that has stopped responding to platinum-based chemotherapy agents.1 Globally, head and neck cancer comprises the seventh most common type of cancer with an estimated 400,000-600,000 diagnoses every year. Head and neck squamous cell cancer […]

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Tags: advanced, fda, General Head and Neck Cancer, Head and Neck Cancer, keytruda, metastatic, News, pembrolizumab


June 14th, 2016

Promising Activity of Pembrolizumab in Merkel Cell Carcinoma

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Treatment of 26 patients with advanced previously untreated Merkel cell carcinoma with Keytruda® (pembrolizumab) every three weeks resulted in an overall response rate of 56% suggesting this novel therapy could represent a new treatment option for these hard to treat cancers. Merkel cell carcinoma is a rare aggressive skin cancer with limited treatment options for […]

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Tags: General Skin Cancer, keytruda, Merkel cell carcinoma, News, pembrolizumab, Skin Cancer


June 6th, 2016

PD-1 Inhibitor Keytruda® Combined with Chemotherapy Promising in Lung Cancer Will be Evaluated in Larger Clinical Trials

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According to experts at the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) 2016 Annual Meeting in Chicago, new data evaluating Keytruda® (pembrolizumab) in combination with chemotherapy appears promising for the treatment of non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC). Based on these initial results, two comparative clinical trials have been initiated. The programmed death (PD-1) inhibitor Keytruda (pembrolizumab) […]

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Tags: fda, immunotherapy, KEYNOTE-189, keytruda, Lung Cancer, Lung Cancer - Non-Small Cell, News, non-small cell lung cancer, nsclc, PD-1 inhibitor, pembrolizumab


October 13th, 2015

FDA Approves Keytruda® for Lung Cancer

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The programmed death (PD-1) inhibitor Keytruda® (pembrolizumab) has been granted approval by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for use in lung cancer, becoming the first PD-1 inhibitor and the second immunotherapy available for treatment of this disease. PD-1 is a protein that inhibits certain types of immune responses. Drugs that block PD-1, such […]

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Tags: General Lung Cancer, KEYNOTE-001 trial, keytruda, Lung Cancer, News, PD-1 inhibitor, PD-L1, pembrolizumab


June 8th, 2015

Keytruda® Promising in Advanced Head and Neck Cancer

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The immunotherapy Keytruda® (pembrolizumab) appears active in the treatment of advanced squamous cell head and neck cancer. These findings were presented at 2015 Annual Meeting of the American Society of Clinical Oncology (May 29–June 2, Chicago, Illinois) and published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology.[i] Head and neck cancers originate in the tissues in or […]

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Tags: Head and Neck Cancer, keytruda, News, pembrolizumab


April 20th, 2015

Keytruda® May Be More Effective than Yervoy® in Advanced Melanoma

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Keytruda® (pembrolizumab) appears to outperform Yervoy® (ipilimumab) at initial treatment of patients with advanced melanoma. Pharmaceutical company Merck announced these Phase III clinical trial findings in a press release in March 2015. Melanoma is less common than non-melanoma skin cancer, but tends to be much more aggressive. What makes melanoma so dangerous is that it […]

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Tags: advanced melanoma, ipilimumab, KEYNOTE-006, keytruda, Melanoma, News, pembrolizumab, Stage III Melanoma, Stage IV Melanoma, Yervoy