Emerging Therapies

Chicago, IL—Larotrectinib (LOXO-101), an investigational agent that targets tropomyosin receptor kinase (TRK) fusions, has demonstrated excellent, consistent, and durable antitumor activity in a range of tumor types in adults and children, reported lead investigator David M. Hyman, MD, Chief, Early Drug Development Service, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, New York City, at the 2017 ASCO annual meeting. Larotrectinib was called “the first oral tumor-agnostic therapy,” because of its unprecedented high response rates in 17 tumor types that express TRK.
Chicago, IL—The investigational, second-generation EGFR inhibitor dacomitinib reduced the risk for disease progression compared with gefitinib as first-line therapy for patients with advanced non–small-cell lung cancer (NSCLC) and EGFR mutation. Results from the phase 3 ARCHER 1050 clinical trial demonstrated a >40% reduction in the risk for disease progression and an average 6.5-month improvement in the duration of response with dacomitinib versus gefitinib.
Chicago, IL—Oral cediranib, an investigational vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) inhibitor, in combination with a poly ADP-ribose polymerase (PARP) inhibitor or with chemotherapy, shows survival benefit in women with relapsed platinum-sensitive ovarian cancer, according to data from 2 studies presented at the 2017 ASCO annual meeting.
Chicago, IL—A new high-intensity genomic sequencing strategy (developed by Grail Inc) detects circulating tumor DNA (ctDNA) at a high rate. The new approach is a major improvement on previous tests using ctDNA, which focus on a limited number of driver mutations to inform treatment strategies for metastatic disease or to monitor disease burden. The new test offers ultra-deep sequencing with a broad genomic coverage, but it is not ready for prime time to detect occult cancer. At present, the test is a research platform and is not commercially available.
San Diego, CA—The investigational chimeric antigen receptor (CAR) T-cell therapy KTE-C19 achieved complete responses that were durable for >1 year in more than 75% of patients with aggressive lymphomas who had no other effective treatment options, according to results from the phase 2 pivotal clinical trial ZUMA-1 that were presented by Sattva S. Neelapu, MD, Department of Lymphoma/Myeloma, M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, at the 2016 American Society of Hematology meeting.
San Diego, CA—Immunotherapy, especially chimeric antigen receptor (CAR) T-cell therapy, and targeted agents continue to dominate the pipeline of therapies for hematologic malignancies. The following agents are some of the main drugs showing promising results that are under investigation and were featured at the 2016 American Society of Hematology meeting.
San Diego, CA—Adding the investigational smoothened (SMO) receptor inhibitor glasdegib to low-dose cytarabine (Depo­Cyt) significantly increased overall survival (OS) compared with low-dose cytarabine monotherapy in patients with acute myeloid leukemia (AML) or high-risk myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS) who were ineligible for intensive chemotherapy, according to a phase 2 study presented by Jorge E. Cortes, MD, Department of Leukemia, M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX, at the 2016 American Society of Hematology meeting.
San Diego, CA—Approximately 33% of patients with newly diagnosed, higher-risk myelodysplastic syndromes (MDS) or chronic myelomonocytic leukemia (CMML) attained complete responses with the novel hypomethylating agent guadecitabine, according to results of a phase 2 study reported by Guillermo Montalban-Bravo, MD, M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, at the 2016 American Society of Hematology meeting.
Washington, DC—The oncology pipeline is bustling and shows no sign of slowing down anytime soon, said Anita Dopkosky, RPh, MS, Director, National Accounts, Walgreens, Pittsburgh, PA, at the Sixth Annual Conference of the Association for Value-Based Cancer Care. She provided an overview of key drugs in the oncology pipeline.

The first-in-class antibody-drug conjugate rovalpituzumab tesirine (Rova-T) may be a new treatment option for patients with small-cell lung cancer (SCLC), which has a very poor prognosis and few treatment options. Rova-T is particularly promising in SCLC tumors that overexpress the delta-like (DLL) 3 protein, according to first-in-human study results presented at ASCO 2016.

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