Oncology NEWS International Vol 14 No 8

In NSCLC, Second-Line Gefitinib Is as Effective as Docetaxel, but Less Toxic

September 02, 2005

This supplement to Oncology News International includes more than 15 reportson presentations made at the 41st annual meeting of the American Society of Clinical Oncology.Reviews focus on the use of targeted agents in non–small-cell lung cancer and other solid tumors,evaluating the novel therapies bevacizumab, cetuximab, bortezomib, erlotinib, and gefitinib, aloneand/or in combination with other chemotherapy agents. Continuing medical education credit isavailable by completing a post-test and evaluation online at www.cancernetwork.com/cme.

Intermittent Erlotinib With Docetaxel Shows Promise in NSCLC

September 02, 2005

This supplement to Oncology News International includes more than 15 reportson presentations made at the 41st annual meeting of the American Society of Clinical Oncology.Reviews focus on the use of targeted agents in non–small-cell lung cancer and other solid tumors,evaluating the novel therapies bevacizumab, cetuximab, bortezomib, erlotinib, and gefitinib, aloneand/or in combination with other chemotherapy agents. Continuing medical education credit isavailable by completing a post-test and evaluation online at www.cancernetwork.com/cme.

New Analyses Explore Roles of EGFR Amplification, Mutations in Response to TKIs

September 01, 2005

This supplement to Oncology News International includes more than 15 reportson presentations made at the 41st annual meeting of the American Society of Clinical Oncology.Reviews focus on the use of targeted agents in non–small-cell lung cancer and other solid tumors,evaluating the novel therapies bevacizumab, cetuximab, bortezomib, erlotinib, and gefitinib, aloneand/or in combination with other chemotherapy agents. Continuing medical education credit isavailable by completing a post-test and evaluation online at www.cancernetwork.com/cme.

Erlotinib Shows Early Activity in Liver Cancer

September 01, 2005

This supplement to Oncology News International includes more than 15 reportson presentations made at the 41st annual meeting of the American Society of Clinical Oncology.Reviews focus on the use of targeted agents in non–small-cell lung cancer and other solid tumors,evaluating the novel therapies bevacizumab, cetuximab, bortezomib, erlotinib, and gefitinib, aloneand/or in combination with other chemotherapy agents. Continuing medical education credit isavailable by completing a post-test and evaluation online at www.cancernetwork.com/cme.

Gefitinib Shows Promise in Never Smokers With Advanced Lung Adenocarcinoma

September 01, 2005

This supplement to Oncology News International includes more than 15 reportson presentations made at the 41st annual meeting of the American Society of Clinical Oncology.Reviews focus on the use of targeted agents in non–small-cell lung cancer and other solid tumors,evaluating the novel therapies bevacizumab, cetuximab, bortezomib, erlotinib, and gefitinib, aloneand/or in combination with other chemotherapy agents. Continuing medical education credit isavailable by completing a post-test and evaluation online at www.cancernetwork.com/cme.

Erlotinib Shows Promise as First-Line Therapy, Phase II Data Show

September 01, 2005

This supplement to Oncology News International includes more than 15 reportson presentations made at the 41st annual meeting of the American Society of Clinical Oncology.Reviews focus on the use of targeted agents in non–small-cell lung cancer and other solid tumors,evaluating the novel therapies bevacizumab, cetuximab, bortezomib, erlotinib, and gefitinib, aloneand/or in combination with other chemotherapy agents. Continuing medical education credit isavailable by completing a post-test and evaluation online at www.cancernetwork.com/cme.

Smoking History May Prove Useful in Treatment Planning for NSCLC Patients

September 01, 2005

This supplement to Oncology News International includes more than 15 reportson presentations made at the 41st annual meeting of the American Society of Clinical Oncology.Reviews focus on the use of targeted agents in non–small-cell lung cancer and other solid tumors,evaluating the novel therapies bevacizumab, cetuximab, bortezomib, erlotinib, and gefitinib, aloneand/or in combination with other chemotherapy agents. Continuing medical education credit isavailable by completing a post-test and evaluation online at www.cancernetwork.com/cme.

Erlotinib Shows Early Activity in Combination Therapy for Head and Neck Cancer

September 01, 2005

This supplement to Oncology News International includes more than 15 reportson presentations made at the 41st annual meeting of the American Society of Clinical Oncology.Reviews focus on the use of targeted agents in non–small-cell lung cancer and other solid tumors,evaluating the novel therapies bevacizumab, cetuximab, bortezomib, erlotinib, and gefitinib, aloneand/or in combination with other chemotherapy agents. Continuing medical education credit isavailable by completing a post-test and evaluation online at www.cancernetwork.com/cme.

Studies Analyze EGFR and K-ras Mutations in Bronchioalveolar Carcinoma

September 01, 2005

This supplement to Oncology News International includes more than 15 reportson presentations made at the 41st annual meeting of the American Society of Clinical Oncology.Reviews focus on the use of targeted agents in non–small-cell lung cancer and other solid tumors,evaluating the novel therapies bevacizumab, cetuximab, bortezomib, erlotinib, and gefitinib, aloneand/or in combination with other chemotherapy agents. Continuing medical education credit isavailable by completing a post-test and evaluation online at www.cancernetwork.com/cme.

Bevacizumab/Erlotinib CombinedBoost Responses in Renal Cell Ca

September 01, 2005

This supplement to Oncology News International includes more than 15 reportson presentations made at the 41st annual meeting of the American Society of Clinical Oncology.Reviews focus on the use of targeted agents in non–small-cell lung cancer and other solid tumors,evaluating the novel therapies bevacizumab, cetuximab, bortezomib, erlotinib, and gefitinib, aloneand/or in combination with other chemotherapy agents. Continuing medical education credit isavailable by completing a post-test and evaluation online at www.cancernetwork.com/cme.

New Multi-Targeted Drugs Are Moving Through the Pipeline

September 01, 2005

This supplement to Oncology News International includes more than 15 reportson presentations made at the 41st annual meeting of the American Society of Clinical Oncology.Reviews focus on the use of targeted agents in non–small-cell lung cancer and other solid tumors,evaluating the novel therapies bevacizumab, cetuximab, bortezomib, erlotinib, and gefitinib, aloneand/or in combination with other chemotherapy agents. Continuing medical education credit isavailable by completing a post-test and evaluation online at www.cancernetwork.com/cme.

Bortezomib Warrants Further Study in Advanced Lung Cancer,Two Phase II Trials Suggest

September 01, 2005

This supplement to Oncology News International includes more than 15 reportson presentations made at the 41st annual meeting of the American Society of Clinical Oncology.Reviews focus on the use of targeted agents in non–small-cell lung cancer and other solid tumors,evaluating the novel therapies bevacizumab, cetuximab, bortezomib, erlotinib, and gefitinib, aloneand/or in combination with other chemotherapy agents. Continuing medical education credit isavailable by completing a post-test and evaluation online at www.cancernetwork.com/cme.

Novel TKIs Produce Major Responses in Renal Cell Ca

September 01, 2005

This supplement to Oncology News International includes more than 15 reportson presentations made at the 41st annual meeting of the American Society of Clinical Oncology.Reviews focus on the use of targeted agents in non–small-cell lung cancer and other solid tumors,evaluating the novel therapies bevacizumab, cetuximab, bortezomib, erlotinib, and gefitinib, aloneand/or in combination with other chemotherapy agents. Continuing medical education credit isavailable by completing a post-test and evaluation online at www.cancernetwork.com/cme.

Cetuximab Shows Efficacy in Advanced Non–Small-Cell Lung Cancer

September 01, 2005

This supplement to Oncology News International includes more than 15 reportson presentations made at the 41st annual meeting of the American Society of Clinical Oncology.Reviews focus on the use of targeted agents in non–small-cell lung cancer and other solid tumors,evaluating the novel therapies bevacizumab, cetuximab, bortezomib, erlotinib, and gefitinib, aloneand/or in combination with other chemotherapy agents. Continuing medical education credit isavailable by completing a post-test and evaluation online at www.cancernetwork.com/cme.

Adding Erlotinib to Gemcitabine Increases Survival in Advanced Pancreatic Cancer

September 01, 2005

This supplement to Oncology News International includes more than 15 reportson presentations made at the 41st annual meeting of the American Society of Clinical Oncology.Reviews focus on the use of targeted agents in non–small-cell lung cancer and other solid tumors,evaluating the novel therapies bevacizumab, cetuximab, bortezomib, erlotinib, and gefitinib, aloneand/or in combination with other chemotherapy agents. Continuing medical education credit isavailable by completing a post-test and evaluation online at www.cancernetwork.com/cme.

RFLP Found EGFR Mutations Quickly in NSCLC Patients Treated With Gefitinib

September 01, 2005

This supplement to Oncology News International includes more than 15 reportson presentations made at the 41st annual meeting of the American Society of Clinical Oncology.Reviews focus on the use of targeted agents in non–small-cell lung cancer and other solid tumors,evaluating the novel therapies bevacizumab, cetuximab, bortezomib, erlotinib, and gefitinib, aloneand/or in combination with other chemotherapy agents. Continuing medical education credit isavailable by completing a post-test and evaluation online at www.cancernetwork.com/cme.

Adding Bevacizumab to Carboplatin/ Paclitaxel Regimen Improves Survival in Patients With Advanced NSCLC

September 01, 2005

This supplement to Oncology News International includes more than 15 reportson presentations made at the 41st annual meeting of the American Society of Clinical Oncology.Reviews focus on the use of targeted agents in non–small-cell lung cancer and other solid tumors,evaluating the novel therapies bevacizumab, cetuximab, bortezomib, erlotinib, and gefitinib, aloneand/or in combination with other chemotherapy agents. Continuing medical education credit isavailable by completing a post-test and evaluation online at www.cancernetwork.com/cme.

Erlotinib Improved QOL in Advanced NSCLC, National Cancer Institute of Canada Trial BR.21 Finds

September 01, 2005

This supplement to Oncology News International includes more than 15 reportson presentations made at the 41st annual meeting of the American Society of Clinical Oncology.Reviews focus on the use of targeted agents in non–small-cell lung cancer and other solid tumors,evaluating the novel therapies bevacizumab, cetuximab, bortezomib, erlotinib, and gefitinib, aloneand/or in combination with other chemotherapy agents. Continuing medical education credit isavailable by completing a post-test and evaluation online at www.cancernetwork.com/cme.

Oblimersen/DTIC Improves Melanoma Survival

August 01, 2005

ORLANDO-Adding the investigational antisense agent oblimersen sodium (Genasense, G3139) to dacarbazine (DTIC) significantly improved response and survival in patients with advanced malignant melanoma in a phase III trial. John M. Kirkwood, MD, of the University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute, reported 2-year results at the 41st Annual Meeting of the American Society of Clinical Oncology (abstract 7506) (see Table).

Benefit of Adjuvant Rx for Resected NSCLC Confirmed

August 01, 2005

BARCELONA, Spain-Final results of a large international phase III trial confirm the benefit of adjuvant chemotherapy after complete resection in patients with early-stage non-small-cell lung cancer (NSCLC). Rafael Rosell, MD, of Catalan Institute of Oncology, Badalona, Spain, presented the results of the trial, known as ANITA (Adjuvant Navelbine International Trialist Association), at a plenary session of the 11th World Conference on Lung Cancer. Earlier this year, Jean-Yves Douillard, MD, PhD, head, Division of Medical Oncology, Rene Gauducheau Cancer Center, Saint-Herblain, France, reported the study findings at the American Society of Clinical Oncology 41st Annual Meeting .

Standing, Arm Out May Be Best Position for Breast Cancer Patients Undergoing Lymphoscintigraphy

August 01, 2005

TORONTO, Ontario-When performing lymphoscintigraphy in breast cancer patients, sentinel nodes are seen most clearly if patients stand and hold their arm out, Sunhee Kim, MD, a resident in radiology at Mt. Sinai Hospital, New York, reported at the 52nd Annual Meeting of the Society for Nuclear Medicine (abstracts 1314, 1315). The standing position is superior to supine, and arm out is better than arm up, she told ONI in an interview at the conference. "The arm out position produces better spatial delineation between the nodes," while standing helps separate the breast lesion from the nodes, Dr. Kim said.

Biomarker Breath Test Correctly Predicts Lung Cancer

August 01, 2005

ORLANDO - A 2-minute breath test to detect volatile organic compounds (VOCs) successfully predicted lung cancer in patients with stage I-IV disease, according to a study reported by Michael Phillips, MD, at the American Society of Clinical Oncology 41st Annual Meeting (abstract 9510). "The breath test may potentially become a useful adjunct to lung cancer detection," said Dr. Phillips, clinical professor of medicine, New York Medical College, Valhalla.

Some Pts With Postop PSA Failure May Avoid RT

August 01, 2005

SAN ANTONIO-Some prostate cancer patients may not require salvage radiation therapy (RT) following postprostatectomy PSA failure if they exhibited a low preoperative PSA velocity and have a persistent, nearly stable postoperative PSA level. Anthony V. D’Amico, MD, PhD, presented the findings at the 100th Annual Meeting of the American Urological Association (abstract 1678). Although PSA failure following radical prostatectomy can present a significant risk to the patient, certain PSA failures may not indicate a life-threatening situation. In these cases, subjecting patients to the toxicity associated with radiation therapy may be unnecessary. Dr. D’Amico, of the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston, and his colleagues investigated whether these patients with benign PSA failure could be identified based on diagnostic factors.