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In the I-SPY 2 clinical trial presented at the 2020 AACR annual meeting, the combination of durvalumab, olaparib, and paclitaxel, used as neoadjuvant therapy, improved the pathological complete responses of patients with high-risk HER2-negative stage II or III breast cancer, as well as in those with triple-negative breast cancer, compared with chemotherapy alone. These results signal that the triplet regimen has “graduated” for further study in a phase 3 clinical trial.
In a phase 2 study of women with recurrent platinum-sensitive ovarian cancer, safety and efficacy end points favored the combination of niraparib and bevacizumab over niraparib monotherapy.
New study findings represent a significant advance for women with BRCA-related relapsed ovarian cancer responding to platinum-based chemotherapy.
In the PRIMA study, patients with recurrent ovarian cancer receiving maintenance therapy with an individualized dose of niraparib had similar efficacy compared with placebo as patients receiving a fixed dose of niraparib while experiencing half as many thrombocytopenic events.
In a pooled analysis of 2 randomized trials of rucaparib for the treatment of patients with recurrent high-grade ovarian cancer, deleterious BRCA mutations were identified in 71% of patients with responses lasting at least 1 year but in only 52% of short-term responders.
In a study of 76 English-speaking women with newly diagnosed ovarian cancer who underwent genetic testing, those found to have a pathogenic mutation did not report increased levels of stress, anxiety, or depression compared with pre-genetic testing. Those testing negative for mutations saw their posttest anxiety levels decline.
As we learn more about the complicated behavior of the COVID-19 virus, we have come to understand that overactivation of the patient’s own immune system can often be the most dangerous factor. In this webcast, top cancer experts discuss the latest studies investigating using anti-cancer therapies as treatments for COVID-19. What are some of the options and where does the research stand today?
The COVID-19 pandemic has led to the elimination of several restrictions on telehealth and infusion therapy in the home setting. In this webcast, a panel of experts discuss the short- and long-term prospects for in-home infusion for patients with cancer. What are the benefits and drawbacks?
Results from the phase 3 ARIEL3 clinical trial showed that maintenance therapy with rucaparib leads to significantly improved progression-free survival in patients with advanced ovarian cancer and non-BRCA homologous recombinant repair gene mutations.
At the 12-month landmark analysis of the single-arm phase 2 OVARIO clinical trial, 75% of patients in the overall population of patients with newly diagnosed stage IIIB-IV ovarian cancer remained progression-free.
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