Lung Cancer Highlights from ASCO 2016

This year, the Annual Meeting of the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) did not produce any truly groundbreaking revelations about new treatments for lung cancer. However, researchers did report quite a few positive findings, and some disappointing ones. I have summarized some of the more prominent presentations below. Continue reading…

Two-Year Overall Survival Data from Two Pivotal Opdivo® (nivolumab) Trials Demonstrate Sustained Benefit In Patients with Advanced Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer


Bristol-Myers Squibb Company (NYSE:BMY) announced today two-year overall survival data from two pivotal Phase 3 studies evaluating Opdivo (nivolumab) versus docetaxel in previously treated metastatic non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC). Opdivo continued to demonstrate improved overall survival (OS), the primary endpoint for both studies, at the landmark two-year time point. In CheckMate -057, a trial in previously treated non-squamous NSCLC, 29% of patients treated with Opdivo were alive at two years (n=81/292) versus 16% of those treated with docetaxel (n=45/290) (HR: 0.75 [95% CI: 0.63, 0.91]). In CheckMate -017, a trial in previously treated squamous NSCLC, 23% of patients treated withOpdivo were alive at two years (n=29/135) versus 8% of those treated with docetaxel (n=11/137) (HR: 0.62 [95% CI: 0.47, 0.80]). In Checkmate -057 and -017, treatment-related adverse events (AEs) occurred in 71% and 61% of Opdivo-treated patients. The safety profile of Opdivo at two years was consistent with previous reports of data from both studies.”

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UPDATE 2-Bristol's Opdivo Proves Effective Against Second Type of Lung Cancer

“A large study of Bristol-Myers Squibb Co’s Opdivo treatment has been halted after proving the drug is effective against the most common form of lung cancer, the company said, positioning the medicine for far wider use than its already approved lung cancer and melanoma indications.

“The U.S. drugmaker on Friday said the study, called Checkmate-057, was stopped early after an independent data monitoring committee concluded that Opdivo provided a survival advantage over docetaxel, a standard chemotherapy, among patients with previously treated non-squamous non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC).

“The so-called PD-1 inhibitor, which works by taking the brakes off the immune system, was approved by U.S. regulators last month to treat the less-common “squamous” form of NSCLC that had spread following treatment with chemotherapy.

“Opdivo is also approved for use against metastatic melanoma following treatment with Yervoy, another Bristol-Myers immuno-therapy.”