Items Tagged ‘Precision Cancer Medicine’

December 13th, 2017

Addition of Darzalex™ Improves Outcomes in Newly Diagnosed Multiple Myeloma

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The addition of Darzalex (daratumumab) to the standard treatment combination consisting of Velcade (bortezomib), melphalan, and prednisone (VMP) reduces disease progression or death by 50%, among patients with newly diagnosed multiple myeloma who are not eligible to undergo a stem cell transplant. These results were presented as a late-breaking abstract at the 2017 annual meeting […]

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Tags: bortezomib, daratumumab, Darzalex, melphalan, Multiple Myeloma, News, Precision Cancer Medicine, prednisone, velcade, VMP


December 13th, 2017

Mogamulizumab Superior to Vorinostat in Cutaneous T Cell Lymphoma

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Results were recently presented at the 59th American Society of Hematology (ASH) Annual Meeting and Exposition in Atlanta from a international comparative clinical trail evaluating mogamulizumab in patients with previously treated cutaneous T-cell lymphoma (CTCL). Precision cancer medicine utilizes molecular diagnostic testing, including DNA sequencing, to identify cancer-driving abnormalities in a cancer’s genome. Once a […]

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Tags: American Society of Hematology, ASH, Cutaneous T Cell Lymphoma, Mogamulizumab Vorinostat, News, non-hodgkin lymphoma, Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma, Precision Cancer Medicine, T-Cell Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma, targeted therapy


December 12th, 2017

Kisqali® Improves Outcomes of Premenopausal Women with HR+/HER2- Advanced Breast Cancer

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It was announced today that results from the Phase III MONALEESA-7 trial evaluating Kisqali® (ribociclib) in combination endocrine-based therapy in premenopausal or perimenopausal women with hormone-receptor positive, human epidermal growth factor receptor-2 negative (HR+/HER2-) advanced or metastatic breast cancer will be presented as a late-breaking oral presentation at the 2017 Annual San Antonio Breast Cancer […]

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Tags: advanced breast cancer, Breast Cancer, cyclin-dependent kinase, inhibitor, kisqali, MONELESSA 7, News, Precision Cancer Medicine, premenopausal, ribociclib, San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium


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 7th, 2017

FDA and CMS Collaborate to Make Novel Cancer Biomarker Test Available

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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved the F1CDx biomarker test designed to detect mutations in 324 genes and two genomic signatures in cancer patients. In a truly collaborative effort between the FDA and The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) the latter proposed coverage of the F1CDx test under the new […]

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Tags: biomarker testing, CMS, foundation medicine, General, genomic testing, immunotherapy, KEYNOTE-028, News, Other News Topics (not Types of Cancer), PD-L1 positive, Precision Cancer Medicine, SCLS


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


November 14th, 2017

Kisqali® Improves Outcomes for Premenopausal Women with HR+/HER2- Advanced Breast Cancer

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Premenopausal breast cancer is a biologically distinct and more aggressive disease than postmenopausal breast cancer and is the leading cause of cancer death in women 20-59 years old.1,2 ,3 Historically there younger women were treated the same as their older counterparts, researchers however have more recently begun to focus on improving the treatment outcomes for […]

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Tags: advanced breast cancer, Breast Cancer, CDK4/6, cyclin-dependent kinase 4 and 6, kisqali, MONALEESA-7, News, Precision Cancer Medicine, ribociclib


November 13th, 2017

Alcensa Precision Medicine Approved for (ALK) Positive Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer

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The Food and Drug Administration granted regular approval to Alcensa (alectinib), for treatment of patients with anaplastic lymphoma kinase (ALK)-positive metastatic non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC), as detected by an FDA-approved test. In December 2015, Alcensa received accelerated approval for treatment of patients with ALK-positive metastatic NSCLC whose disease progressed on or who were intolerant […]

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Tags: Alcensa, alectinib, alk, anaplastic lymphoma kinase, crizotinib, Lung Cancer - Non-Small Cell, News, non-small cell lung cancer, nsclc, positive metastatic, Precision Cancer Medicine, xalkori


November 9th, 2017

Checkpoint Inhibitors Improve Outcomes of Renal Cell Cancer

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Opdivo (nivolumab) a novel “checkpoint” inhibitor immunotherapy has been demonstrated to produce superior three year survival benefit for patients with previously treated advanced renal cell carcinoma (RCC).1 Treatment options for RCC continue to expand and are associated with improved outcomes. About Renal Cell Carcinoma Renal cell carcinoma accounts for more than 100,000 deaths worldwide each […]

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Tags: afinitor, checkpoint inhibitor, everolimus, immunotherapy, metastatic kidney cancer, News, opdivo, PD-1, Precision Cancer Medicine, Renal Cancer


November 1st, 2017

Nerlynx Modestly Improves Survival of HER 2-Positive Early Stage Breast Cancer

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Positive results from the clinical trial evaluating neratinib for the extended adjuvant treatment of early stage HER2-positive breast cancer following trastuzumab-based therapy (ExteNET trial) were presented at the European Society of Medical Oncology (ESMO) 2017 Congress in Madrid, Spain. About HER2-Positive Breast Cancer Approximately 20% to 25% of breast cancers over-express the HER2 protein. HER2-positive […]

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Tags: Breast Cancer, HER-2, HER4 Positive Early Stage Breast Cancer, herceptin, Nerlynx HER1, News, Precision Cancer Medicine, trastuzumab


October 30th, 2017

Verzenio Demonstrates Superior Progression-Free Survival in Advanced Breast Cancer

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Recently released clinical trial results from the Phase 3 MONARCH 2 study showed that Verzenio (abemaciclib), a cyclin-dependent kinase (CDK) 4 & 6 inhibitor, when administered in combination with fulvestrant, significantly improves the time to cancer progression compared to treatment with fulvestrant alone in women with hormone-receptor-positive (HR+), human epidermal growth factor receptor 2-negative (HER2-), […]

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Tags: 4 & 6 inhibitor, abemaciclib, advanced breast cancer, Breast Cancer, CDK, cyclin-dependent kinase, News, Phase 3 MONARCH 2, Precision Cancer Medicine, Verzenio


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 16th, 2017

Targeting both BRAF and EGFR doubles progression-free survival in metastatic colorectal cancer

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Recent successes in genetically targeted precision cancer medicines are improving outcomes in a number of cancers.  Ensuring patients undergo genomic sequencing to determine if they have treatable targets is increasingly important to ensure patients receive the most appropriate personalized care. Precision cancer medicine utilizes molecular diagnostic testing, including DNA sequencing, to identify cancer-driving abnormalities in […]

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Tags: BRAF, Colon Cancer, erbitux, News, Precision Cancer Medicine, Rectal Cancer, V600E, vemurafenib, zelboraf


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