In an interview with Targeted Oncology during the 2020 Association for Molecular Pathology Annual Meeting, Ozge Ceyhan-Birsoy, PhD, discussed genetic testing methods for patients with hereditary predisposition and the molecular research underway at MSKCC to improve testing in this patient population.
In an interview with Targeted Oncology, John L. Marshall, MD, provided an overview of the evolution of treatments for patients with pancreatic cancer, as well as the current therapeutic approaches for these patients and what’s next for this treatment paradigm.
Three efficacy end points met pre-specified statistical significance in the phase 2 FIGHT study of bemarituzumab plus modified FOLFOX6 in patients with FGFR2b-positive non-HER2-positive frontline advanced gastric or gastroesophageal junction cancer.
In an interview with Targeted Oncology, Anant Ramaswamy, MD, discussed the findings from the phase 2 study of capecitabine plus irinotecan compared with irinotecan alone as treatment of patients with advanced gallbladder cancer.
Historically, in gastrointestinal malignancies, chemotherapy and radiation were utilized to improve outcomes for patients. Although these treatments were effective, disease recurrence was always imminent, demonstrating a need for novel therapies.
An Orphan Drug Designation had been granted by the FDA to the CD40 antagonistic monoclonal antibody, APX005M for the treatment esophageal and gastroesophageal junction cancer, as well as for the treatment of patients with pancreatic cancer.
At ISGIO 2020, Michael J. Pishvaian, MD, PhD, discussed the importance of using standard-of-care chemotherapy and to test for actionable mutations in patients with pancreatic cancers, which can identify ways to individualize therapy for these patients.