September 2020, Vol 10, No 9

The 2020 Community Oncology Alliance (COA) Practice Impact report shows that over the past 12 years, there has been an alarming 20.8% increase in community oncology practices merging with hospitals or being acquired by a corporate entity. Since the last COA report issued in 2008, 1748 community oncology clinics and/or practices have been acquired by hospitals, merged with other practices, or reported financial struggles. Read More ›

With new cancer diagnoses down by 37% since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, and data from IQVIA showing that 22 million people postponed cancer screening tests and 80,000 patients delayed or missed diagnoses, America’s comprehensive cancer centers and integrated delivery networks (IDNs) are anticipating a major “shadow curve” in new cancer cases in the months and year to come. Read More ›

The combination of carfilzomib (Kyprolis) with lenalidomide (Revlimid) and dexamethasone (KRd) as induction therapy does not improve outcomes in patients newly diagnosed with multiple myeloma compared with the current standard of care with bortezomib (Velcade), lenalidomide, and dexamethasone (VRd). Read More ›

Cellular therapy is becoming an attractive option for heavily pretreated patients with relapsed or refractory multiple myeloma. According to data presented at the ASCO 2020 virtual annual meeting, 2 chimeric antigen receptor (CAR) T-cell drugs have generated impressive rates of response that are sustainable. Read More ›

Targeted therapy with the Bruton tyrosine kinase (BTK) inhibitor acalabrutinib (Calquence), which is currently approved for the treatment of patients with non-Hodgkin lymphoma, has demonstrated durable remissions in treatment-naïve patients with chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL), according to the long-term data from the phase 2 CLL-001 study, which were presented at the ASCO 2020 virtual annual meeting. Read More ›

According to long-term follow-up data presented at the ASCO 2020 virtual annual meeting, anti-CD19 chimeric antigen receptor (CAR) T-cell therapy has demonstrated ongoing durable remissions lasting up to 113 months for follicular lymphoma, 99 months for chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL), and 97 months for diffuse large B-cell lymphoma (DLBCL) and primary mediastinal large B-cell lymphoma (PMBCL). What’s more, long-term adverse events were rare, with the exception of prolonged B-cell depletion and hypogammaglobulinemia. Read More ›

A total of 80% of patients with relapsed or refractory indolent non-Hodgkin lymphoma (NHL) achieved a complete response (CR) to axicabtagene ciloleucel (Yescarta), and those responses have proved durable, according to the interim results of the phase 2 ZUMA-5 study, said Caron A. Jacobson, MD, Medical Director, Immune Effector Cell Therapy Program, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Boston, MA, at the ASCO 2020 virtual annual meeting. Read More ›

A novel intratumoral chemotherapy agent delivered by direct injection permits the dispersion of cytotoxic drugs into cancer cells to eradicate tumors. Data from a phase 1/2 trial of intratumoral INT230-6, alone and in combination with pembrolizumab (Keytruda), in patients with advanced solid tumors was presented at the ASCO 2020 virtual annual meeting by Jacob Stephen Thomas, MD, Assistant Professor of Clinical Medicine, University of Southern California Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center, Los Angeles. Read More ›

The small-molecule inhibitor of tyrosine kinase WEE1 adavosertib demonstrated promising clinical activity in a single-arm, phase 2 study of patients with unselected uterine serous cancer (USC), with an objective response rate of 29.4%, said Joyce F. Liu, MD, MPH, Director of Clinical Research, Division of Gynecologic Oncology, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Boston, MA, at the ASCO 2020 virtual annual meeting. The responses were durable, with a median duration of response of 9.03 months. Read More ›

The current state of our nation has resulted in an ever-present focus on the COVID-19 virus. This is fully warranted given its indescribable impact on the psychological, emotional, and financial well-being of individuals and communities worldwide. As our society tunes in daily to a barrage of pandemic casualty data, a number of smokers have expressed increased interest in assistance with smoking cessation. This observation of increased “readiness to quit” is likely influenced by reports concerning patients infected with COVID-19 who smoke having poorer outcomes than those who do not. Read More ›

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