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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.
Data from the phase 3 PAOLO-1 clinical trial showed that progression-free survival was significantly increased with olaparib plus bevacizumab as maintenance therapy.
The approval of 3 PARP inhibitors has made it feasible to personalize therapy for patients with ovarian cancer based on their mutation status as well as other factors, including the treatment setting.
The phase 3 PRIMA clinical trial demonstrated that time to first subsequent therapy was 6.6 months longer in the niraparib arm versus the placebo arm, an advantage that was maintained regardless of homologous recombination deficiency status, and the risk for second disease progression was also numerically lower in niraparib-treated patients.
On June 15, 2020, the FDA accelerated the approval of lurbinectedin (Zepzelca; Jazz Pharma/Pharma Mar), an intravenous alkylating drug, for the treatment of adults with metastatic small-cell lung cancer that has progressed during or after platinum-based chemotherapy. The FDA granted lurbinectedin an orphan drug designation for this indication.
On June 10, 2020, the FDA accelerated the approval of a new indication for nivolumab (Opdivo; Bristol Myers Squibb), a PD-1 inhibitor, for the treatment of patients with unresectable advanced, recurrent, or metastatic esophageal squamous-cell carcinoma after fluoropyrimidine-based and platinum-based chemotherapy. Nivolumab has been previously approved for many indications, but this is its first indication for esophageal cancer.
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