Suresh Ramalingam, MD, FASCO, discusses the key takeaways regarding the toxicities observed in the phase 3 CheckMate 227 clinical trial, which evaluated immunotherapeutic agents nivolumab plus ipilimumab as treatment of patients with non–small cell lung cancer.
"This interim clinical and translational data add further confidence to the potential patient benefit of selective AXL inhibition with bemcentinib, to reverse resistance to immune checkpoint inhibitors in selected cAXL-positive patients who have relapsed on immunotherapy."
"In the case of sarcomas treated with the current standard of care, doxorubicin, tumors may be initially responsive in their primary location, but become unresponsive after metastasis to the lungs, which eventually becomes the most likely cause of patients' death."
In an interview with Targeted Oncology, Suresh Ramalingam, MD, FASCO, discussed the findings from the CheckMate 227 study that support the FDA’s approval of the combination of nivolumab and ipilimumab in patients with advanced NSCLC.
The NCCN guidelines recommend biomarker testing as a part of the pathologic evaluation for patients with non-squamous advanced NSCLC and NCC set out to determine how these guidelines decrease the incidence of mortality.
"Selpercatinib had marked intracranial anti-tumor activity in RET fusion–positive patients with [NSCLC and] CNS metastases. Tumor responses were durable, independently confirmed, and observed in patients with prior systemic chemotherapy."
"The ARROW trial results presented today during the ASCO virtual meeting showed that patients with RET fusion–positive lung cancer treated with the selective RET inhibitor pralsetinib had durable responses. In addition to supporting the development of pralsetinib across a broad population, these data highlight the urgency to test [patients with] lung cancer with next-generation sequencing so that eligible patients may be identified for treatment."