January 2020

Telehealth Delivers Access to Care and Cutting-Edge Clinical Research to Rural Areas

January 11, 2020

Clinical Articles

The present and future benefits of telehealth in oncology can be observed through Tahoe For­est Cancer Center and its affiliation with the UC Davis Cancer Center, use of other remote clinics, and participation in virtual tumor boards. Even though there are roadblocks to telehealth reaching more locations and more patients, the potential benefit warrants the time needed to get over those hurdles.

Nivolumab/Ipilimumab Combo Extends Treatment-Free Survival in RCC

January 14, 2020

Clinical Articles

All patients with advanced renal cell car­cinoma assigned to nivolumab plus ipilimumab in the phase III CheckMate 214 trial had a longer treatment-free survival than patients treated with sunitinib. Furthermore, those patients assigned to the combination spent less time experiencing treatment-related adverse events.

Encouraging Results in First-Line Setting for HCC Usher Lenvatinib Toward Randomized Controlled Trials

January 14, 2020

Clinical Articles

The standard of care for some patients with intermediate-stage hepa­tocellular carcinoma may include lenvatinib if investigators further explore results from a proof-of-concept obser­vational study. The recommended treatment for intermediate-stage hepatocellular carcinoma, transarterial chemo­embolization, is unsuitable in patients with high-tumor-burden hepatocellular carcinoma, leaving a signif­icant unmet need in clinical practice for this patient subgroup.

NRG1 Emerges as a Potentially Actionable Target in Lung Cancer and Solid Tumors

January 16, 2020

Clinical Articles

Alterations of the NRG1 gene that are present at low rates in certain solid tumors have emerged as potentially actionable oncogenic drivers, with targeted therapies making their way to early clinical studies and into some basket trials.

First Randomized Clinical Trial Evaluating Geriatric Assessment Reveals High Satisfaction With Communication About Aging-Related Concerns

January 18, 2020

Clinical Articles

Integrating a geriatric assessment into the care of older adults who are receiving cancer treatment in communi­ty oncology practices improves patient and caregiver satisfaction and encourages commu­nication about aging-related concerns, accord­ing to results of a clinical trial that enrolled 541 patients with advanced cancer.