Overall Survival up for Melanoma Brain Metastases

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“Overall survival (OS) for patients with melanoma brain metastases (MBM) has improved significantly since 2000, according to a study published online Oct. 12 in Cancer.

“Sarah Sloot, M.D., from Groningen University Medical Center in the Netherlands, and colleagues identified 610 patients with unresectable American Joint Committee on Cancer stage III/IV melanoma who received first-line systemic therapy at Moffitt Cancer Center between 2000 and 2012.”

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Pfizer Presents Full Results From Phase 2 Study of Next-Generation Investigational Alk-Inhibitor Lorlatinib in ALK-Positive and ROS1-Positive Advanced Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer

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“Pfizer Inc. (NYSE:PFE) today announced full results from the Phase 2 clinical trial of the investigational, next-generation tyrosine kinase inhibitor lorlatinib that exhibited clinically meaningful activity against lung tumors and brain metastases in a range of patients with ALK-positive and ROS1-positive advanced non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC), including those who were heavily pretreated. Further, side effects were generally manageable and primarily mild to moderate in severity. The results [Abstract #OA 05.06] were presented by Professor Benjamin Solomon, lead investigator and medical oncologist at Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre, Melbourne, Australia, today during an oral session at the International Association for the Study of Lung Cancer (IASLC) 18th World Conference on Lung Cancer (WCLC) in Yokohama, Japan. Pfizer will also present data from several other lung cancer clinical programs.”

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Alectinib: ALEX and ALUR trials show CNS benefit in NSCLC

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“Data from two separate phase 3 studies to be presented at the ESMO 2017 Congress in Madrid, show alectinib’s particular central nervous system (CNS) activity in patients with advanced non-small cell lung cancer involving a mutation of the anaplastic lymphoma kinase gene (ALK-positive NSCLC).

Findings from the ALUR trial (1), as well as a secondary analysis of the ALEX trial (2) show alectinib can significantly decrease CNS progression of NSCLC, both in the first-line as well as the second-line treatment setting.

” ‘Patients with NSCLC have a high risk of CNS and brain metastases,’ commented Prof. Fiona Blackhall, from the University of Manchester and The Christie Hospital, UK.”

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FDA Grants Orphan Drug Designation to Tesevatinib for EGFR-Mutated Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer

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“The FDA granted orphan drug designation to tesevatinib for the treatment of EGFR-positive non-small cell lung cancer, according to the drug’s manufacturer.

“An ongoing phase 2 clinical trial will evaluate tesevatinib (Kadmon Holdings) — an oral tyrosine kinase inhibitor — for the treatment of patients with EGFR-positive NSCLC that metastasized to the brain or the leptomeninges. The trial also will evaluate the agent for the treatment of glioblastoma.”

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FDA Grants Genentech’s Alecensa Priority Review for Initial Treatment of People with ALK-Positive Lung Cancer

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“Genentech, a member of the Roche Group (SIX: RO, ROG; OTCQX: RHHBY), announced today that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has accepted the company’s supplemental New Drug Application (sNDA) and granted Priority Review for Alecensa® (alectinib) as an initial (first-line) treatment for people with anaplastic lymphoma kinase (ALK)-positive, locally advanced or metastatic non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) as detected by an FDA-approved test. The FDA will make a decision on approval by November 30, 2017.

” ‘Phase III results showed Alecensa reduced the risk of disease worsening by more than half compared to the current standard of care and lowered the risk of tumors spreading to or growing in the brain by more than 80 percent,’ said Sandra Horning, M.D., chief medical officer and head of Global Product Development. ‘We are working closely with the FDA to bring this medicine as an initial treatment for people with ALK-positive NSCLC as soon as possible.’ ”

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Expert Discusses Abemaciclib Potential in HR+/HER2- Breast Cancer Patients With Brain Mets

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“Abemaciclib penetrated brain metastases and had antitumor activity in patients with hormone receptor (HR)-positive, HER2-negative metastatic breast cancer, preliminary evidence suggests.

“Results were presented in a poster at the 2017 ASCO Annual Meeting for 23 patients from a stage 1 efficacy analysis from a phase II study.

” ‘What we found were 2 patients who experienced partial responses within the CNS, suggesting there is activity of the agent in the brain and in patients who have HR-positive disease,’ explained lead author Sara M. Tolaney, MD, MPH.”

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Melanoma News at ASCO 2017: Combination Treatments


There are many hopes that combining immune checkpoint inhibitor drugs, or combining them with drugs of other types (immunotherapy, targeted therapy, or chemotherapy) is the future of treatment for many kinds of cancer. Literally hundreds of clinical trials are actively exploring these combinations, and melanoma is the cancer for which trials of this type abound. Last month, the annual meeting of the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) in Chicago featured just a few presentations in this area, apparently because it is too early to report results from the many ongoing trials with drug combinations. Continue reading…


Abemaciclib Active in HR+/HER2- Breast Cancer Patients With Brain Mets

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“Preliminary evidence suggests that abemaciclib penetrated brain metastases and had antitumor activity in patients with hormone receptor (HR)-positive, HER2-negative metastatic breast cancer.

“Results were presented in a poster at the 2017 ASCO Annual Meeting for 23 patients from a stage 1 efficacy analysis from a phase II study.

” ‘What we found were 2 patients who experienced partial responses within the CNS, suggesting there is activity of the agent in the brain and in patients who have HR-positive disease,’ explained lead author Sara M. Tolaney, MD, MPH.”

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FDA Grants Orphan Drug Designation to Tucatinib for Brain Metastases

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“The FDA granted orphan drug designation to tucatinib for the treatment of patients with breast cancer whose disease metastasized to the brain, according to the drug’s manufacturer.

“Tucatinib (ONT-380, Cascadian Therapeutics) is an investigational, orally bioavailable, potent tyrosine kinase inhibitor that is highly selective for HER-2 without significant inhibition of EGFR, which has been associated with significant toxicities.”

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