ImmunoOncology (I-O) is a fast developing field in which drugs stimulate the patient’s immune system to fight cancer. I-O include immune-checkpoint inhibitors, vaccines, and DAR-T, CAR-T cell & BiTE immunotherapies. Read our I-O blog and learn more about this fast-evolving field of medicine.

Atezolizumab FDA approved for extensive-stage small cell lung cancer (SCLC)

On 18 March 2019, the FDA approved atezolizumab (Tecentriq®, Genentech) plus carboplatin and etoposide as front-line treatment of adult extensive-stage small cell lung cancer (ES-SCLC) patients.

Atezolizumab FDA approved for PD-L1 positive unresectable triple-negative breast cancer

On 8 March 2019, the FDA granted accelerated approval to atezolizumab (Tecentriq®, Genentech/Roche) in combination with albumin-bound paclitaxel (nab-paclitaxel) for the treatment of adult unresectable locally advanced or metastatic triple-negative breast cancer (TNBC) patients with programmed death 1 ligand (PD-L1) stained tumour-infiltrating immune cells (IC) of any intensity covering ≥1% of the tumour area, as determined by the VENTANA PD-L1 (SP142) Assay companion diagnostic (CDx).

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US FDA approved immune-checkpoint inhibitors updated 09-Mar-2019

Know all the United States Food and Drug Administration (U.S. FDA) approved immune-checkpoint inhibitors. Members of MediPaper can download the free PPT slides summarising the U.S. FDA approved immune-checkpoint inhibitors and other U.S. FDA approved immunotherapies.

Pembrolizumab FDA approved for adjuvant treatment of melanoma

On 15 February 2019, the FDA approved pembrolizumab (Keytruda®, Merck) for the adjuvant treatment of melanoma patients with lymph node involvement following complete resection.

Keytruda® FDA approved for recurrent and metastatic Merkel cell carcinoma

On 19 December 2018, pembrolizumab (Keytruda®, Merck) received accelerated approval by the FDA for the treatment of recurrent locally advanced or metastatic (R/M) Merkel cell carcinoma (MCC) in adult and paediatric patients.

Frontline atezolizumab plus bevacizumab and chemotherapy FDA approved for metastatic non-squamous NSCLC

On 6 December 2018, the FDA approved atezolizumab (Tecentriq®, Roche/Genentech) plus bevacizumab and chemotherapy with paclitaxel and carboplatin for the frontline treatment of metastatic non-squamous non-small cell lung cancer (NSq NSCLC) patients not harbouring any EGFR or ALK genomic tumour aberrations.

Pembrolizumab FDA approved in hepatocellular carcinoma patients pretreated with sorafenib

On 9 November 2018, the FDA granted accelerated approval to pembrolizumab (Keytruda®, Merck) for the treatment of patients with hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) previously treated with sorafenib.

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ESMO 2018 HCC: The ESMO18 hepatobiliary cancer track summarised

Whereas this year’s American Society of Clinical Oncology Annual Meeting (ASCO 2018) boasted two Phase III studies and four Phase II studies with notable results in hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC), the trend did not continue to the European Society for Medical Oncology Conference (ESMO 2018), held in Münich, Germany between October 19-23, 2018. The focus for this years ESMO was mostly on biliary-tract cancers (BTC). Welcome to the hepatobiliary track of ESMO 2018.

Pembrolizumab plus chemotherapy approved for metastatic squamous NSCLC

On October 30th 2018, the FDA approved the use of programmed death 1 (PD-1) inhibitor pembrolizumab (Keytruda®, Merck) in combination with carboplatin plus paclitaxel or nab-paclitaxel for the first-line treatment of patients with metastatic squamous non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC).

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Management of Immune-Mediated Hepatitis: a Case Report

Immune-mediated hepatitis is a frequently observed irAE in patients receiving immunotherapy (I-O). Dr Joanne Chiu (HKU) discusses the clinical management of irAE hepatitis. A case report of a woman with a renal cell carcinoma receiving anti-PD-1 and anti-CTLA4 IO-IO therapy.