Cabozantinib May Be a New Therapeutic Option for Ewing Sarcoma and Osteosarcoma

April 03, 2020

Cabozantinib demonstrated antitumor activity as treatment of patients with advanced Ewing sarcoma and osteosarcoma, warranting further investigation for a potential new therapeutic option for this patient population, according to findings from phase II CABONE study.

Genetic Profiling Suggests Rationale for Limited Response to Immunotherapy in Osteosarcoma

February 22, 2020

Treatment with immune checkpoint inhibitors appears to elicit limited clinical activity in patients with osteosarcoma. In a study, investigators at MD Anderson Cancer Center found that certain factors like poor infiltration of the tumor by immune cells, low activity from available T cells, a lack of immune-stimulating neoantigens, and multiple immune-suppressing pathways may interfere with response to immunotherapy in these patients, according to a press release from the organization.

A Look Back at FDA News from January 2020

February 08, 2020

In January 2020, the FDA approved new treatment options in gastrointestinal stromal tumors, bladder cancer, and epithelioid sarcoma. The FDA also granted several Priority Review Designations, orphan drug designations, and a Fast Track designation, as well as a Breakthrough Therapy designation.

Immunotherapy Combination Induces Promising ORR in Patients With Advanced Sarcoma

February 05, 2020

The combination of talimogene laherparepvec plus pembrolizumab led to a promising objective response rate in patients with advanced sarcoma who typically have limited treatment options, according to a phase II clinical trial published in JAMA Oncology.

HER2-Directed CAR T-Cell Therapy Appears Active in Phase I Trial for Advanced Sarcoma

February 02, 2020

In an interview with Targeted Oncology, Shoba A. Navai, MD, discussed the evolving role of CAR T-cell therapy in solid tumors, including sarcomas and how the efficacy and safety compare with CAR T cells in this space compared with hematologic malignancies.

FDA Grants Accelerated Approval to Tazemetostat for Patients With Epithelioid Sarcoma

January 24, 2020

Accelerated approval has been granted by the FDA to the methyltransferase inhibitor tazemetostat for the treatment of metastatic or locally advanced epithelioid sarcoma in adult and adolescent patients who are not eligible for complete resection.

FDA Grants Fast Track Designation to LSD1 Inhibitor SP-2577 for Ewing Sarcoma

December 17, 2019

SP-2577, a potent reversible LSD1 inhibitor, has been granted Fast Track Designation by the FDA for the treatment of relapsed/refractory patients with Ewing sarcoma, Salarius Pharmaceuticals, Inc. developers of the drug, announced in a press release.

FDA Grants Priority Review to Selumetinib for Neurofibromatosis Type 1 in Pediatric Patients

November 14, 2019

A New Drug Application has been accepted and granted priority review by the FDA to the investigational agent selumetinib for the treatment of patients ≥3 years old with neurofibromatosis type 1 and symptomatic, inoperable plexiform neurofibromas, according to a press release from AstraZeneca and Merck.