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Immunotherapies gaining traction in head and neck cancers

Thursday, February 18, 2016

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Source: www.targetedonc.com Author: Greg Kennelty An explosion of immunotherapies is on the horizon for patients with metastatic head and neck cancer, specifically as phase III trials begin to report findings for PD-1 inhibitors. This upcoming wave of new therapies places importance on understanding optimal treatment settings and adverse events associated with these therapies. In late […]

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Nivolumab Could Change Head and Neck Cancer Treatment Paradigm

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

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Source: www.Targetedonc.com Author: Laura Panjwani   “To have an anti–PD-1 agent be proven to improve survival in head and neck cancer in a randomized phase III trial, and the potential for a new FDA approval in the near future is a game changer.” – Robert Ferris, MD, PhD With the phase III CheckMate-141 trial being […]

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Keytruda doubles efficacy of only targeted therapy for head and neck cancer

Thursday, June 11, 2015

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Source: www.curetoday.com Author: Lauren M. Green The immunotherapy Keytruda (pembrolizumab), in a recent study, proved twice as effective for the treatment of head and neck cancer as Erbitux (cetuximab), the only targeted therapy indicated as a therapy for the disease. The multisite study offers the largest experience to date of how immunotherapy can be deployed […]

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Merck immunotherapy appears effective in head and neck cancer – study | Reuters

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

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Source: www.firstpress.com Author: Bill Berkrot   A Merck & Co drug that helps the immune system fight cancer was about twice as effective as the current standard therapy for patients with recurrent or advanced head and neck cancers, according to study data released on Friday. A quarter of the 132 patients who received the drug, […]

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Experimental EGFR inhibitor added nothing but rash

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

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Source: www.oncologypractice.com Author: Neil Osterweil, Oncology Report Digital Network The addition of the experimental targeted agent zalutumumab to primary curative chemoradiation for head and neck cancers did not improve locoregional control, disease-specific survival, or overall survival at 3 years of follow-up. The only thing that zalutumumab added to therapy was a skin rash in the […]

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Erbitux add-on falls short in esophageal cancer

Monday, January 28, 2013

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Source: www.medpagetoday.com Author: Charles Bankhead, Staff Writer, MedPage Today The addition of a targeted agent to definitive chemoradiation failed to improve survival in an unselected population with esophageal cancer, a randomized trial showed. In fact, patients who received cetuximab (Erbitux) with chemoradiation had significantly worse overall survival (OS) reflected in a 50% increase in the […]

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Scientists find new way to boost cancer drugs

Monday, January 21, 2013

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Source: www.drbicuspid.com Author: DrBicuspid Staff Shutting down a specific pathway in cancer cells appears to improve the ability of common drugs to wipe those cells out, according to new research from scientists at Fox Chase Cancer Center (Cancer Discovery, January 2013, Vol. 3:1, pp. 96-111). The new approach appears to enhance the tumor-killing ability of […]

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Germany’s Merck halts supply of cancer drug to Greek hospitals

Monday, November 5, 2012

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Source: Reuters.com Date: November 3, 2012 German pharmaceuticals firm Merck KGaA is no longer delivering cancer drug Erbitux to Greek hospitals, a spokesman said on Saturday, the latest sign of how an economic and budget crisis is hurting frontline public services. Drugmakers raised concerns with EU leaders earlier this year over supplies to the euro zone’s crisis-hit […]

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Facing the facts: HPV-associated head and neck cancers get a second look

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

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Source: www.curetoday.com Author: Charlotte Huff Kevin Pruyne knew he didn’t fit the stereotype of a hard drinker or heavy smoker who one day develops an oral cancer. The 52-year-old mechanic had been working a three-week stint in a remote section of northern Alaska, repairing trucks on an oil field, when he noticed a hard lump beneath […]

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Third Head and Neck Indication for Erbitux

Thursday, January 5, 2012

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Source: The ASCO Post, January 1, 2012, Volume 3, Issue 1, Matthew Stenger   In the Clinic provides overviews of novel oncology agents, addressing indications, mechanisms, administration recommendations, safety profiles, and other essential information needed for the appropriate clinical use of these drugs.Cetuximab (Erbitux) was recently approved by the FDA for use in combination with platinum-based therapy […]

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