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Sorafenib (Nexavar) is an oral multikinase inhibitor for the treatment of two common types of cancer, hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) and advanced renal cell carcinoma (RCC).
SARAH study completes patient enrolment to evaluate treatment for primary liver cancer

SARAH study completes patient enrolment to evaluate treatment for primary liver cancer

SARAH, a large French study of patients with advanced, inoperable primary liver cancer (hepatocellular carcinoma, or HCC) has completed patient enrolment, exceeding its 400-patient target, according to its principal investigator, Professor Valérie Vilgrain MD, PhD, Department of Radiology, Beaujon Hospital, Assistance Publique - Hôpitaux de Paris (AP-HP) and Université Paris Diderot, Sorbonne Paris Cité, France. [More]
Sorafenib, sunitinib provide no benefit to patients with locally advanced kidney cancer

Sorafenib, sunitinib provide no benefit to patients with locally advanced kidney cancer

Findings from a federally funded study suggest that patients with locally advanced kidney cancer should not be treated with either adjuvant (post-surgery) sorafenib or sunitinib. The average period to disease recurrence was similar between those who received sorafenib or sunitinib after surgery (5.6 years) and those treated with placebo (5.7 years). [More]
Two widely used targeted therapy drugs not effective in preventing return of kidney cancer

Two widely used targeted therapy drugs not effective in preventing return of kidney cancer

Two widely used targeted therapy drugs— approved by the FDA for use in metastatic kidney cancer —are no more effective than a placebo in preventing return of the disease to increase life spans of patients suffering from advanced kidney cancer after surgery, according to new results to be presented by a researcher at the University of Pennsylvania's Abramson Cancer Center during the 2015 Genitourinary Cancers Symposium. [More]
Study results report no benefit from use of sunitinib, sorafenib among patients with kidney cancer

Study results report no benefit from use of sunitinib, sorafenib among patients with kidney cancer

Research results highlighted today at the press conference of a major medical meeting report no benefit from the use of either Sutent (sunitinib) or Nexavar (sorafenib) among patients with locally advanced renal cell carcinoma at high risk of recurrence, the ECOG-ACRIN Cancer Research Group announced. [More]
GenSpera reports encouraging results from mipsagargin Phase II study for HCC treatment

GenSpera reports encouraging results from mipsagargin Phase II study for HCC treatment

GenSpera Inc. today announced the encouraging results of a Phase II study of mipsagargin (G-202), an investigational agent for the treatment of hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC). [More]
3SBio, PharmAbcine sign licensing agreement to develop and market DIG-KT

3SBio, PharmAbcine sign licensing agreement to develop and market DIG-KT

3SBio Inc., a leading China-based biotechnology company focused on researching, developing, manufacturing and marketing biopharmaceutical products, today announced it has entered into an exclusive licensing deal with PharmAbcine Inc. for the development, manufacturing and marketing of DIG-KT, a bi-specific monoclonal antibody ("mAb") targeting both VEGFR2/KDR and Tie-2 pathways for cancer in the territory of Greater China (including mainland China, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Macau) and Korea. [More]
Novel targeted therapies and treatment combinations for leukemia

Novel targeted therapies and treatment combinations for leukemia

Recognizing that leukemia cannot be conquered with a "one-size-fits-all" approach, researchers are pursuing novel targeted therapies and combinations of existing treatment regimens with new agents for patient populations with historically poor prognoses, according to data presented today during the 56th American Society of Hematology Annual Meeting and Exposition. [More]
Quality of life maintained during mRCC TKI therapy

Quality of life maintained during mRCC TKI therapy

Treatment with tyrosine kinase inhibitors does not appear to significantly impair health-related quality of life in Japanese patients with metastatic renal cell carcinoma, say researchers. [More]
Phase 3 trial: NEXAVAR tablets fail to meet primary endpoint in HER2-negative breast cancer patients

Phase 3 trial: NEXAVAR tablets fail to meet primary endpoint in HER2-negative breast cancer patients

Bayer HealthCare and Onyx Pharmaceuticals Inc., an Amgen subsidiary, today announced that an investigational Phase 3 trial of NEXAVAR (sorafenib) tablets in patients with advanced breast cancer did not meet its primary endpoint of improving progression-free survival (PFS). [More]
Can-Fite's CF102 drug gets approval in Israel for patient with hepatocellular carcinoma

Can-Fite's CF102 drug gets approval in Israel for patient with hepatocellular carcinoma

Can-Fite BioPharma Ltd., a biotechnology company with a pipeline of proprietary small molecule drugs that address inflammatory and cancer diseases, announced today that the Israeli Ministry of Health has approved the use of its drug CF102 for a patient with hepatocellular carcinoma, the most common form of liver cancer, under the country's Compassionate Use Program. [More]
Bayer announces Health Canada approval of Nexavar for differentiated thyroid cancer treatment

Bayer announces Health Canada approval of Nexavar for differentiated thyroid cancer treatment

Bayer Inc. is pleased to announce the Health Canada approval of Nexavar for the treatment of patients with locally advanced or metastatic, progressive, differentiated thyroid carcinoma (DTC), refractory to radioactive iodine (RAI). [More]
Drug everolimus fails to improve overall survival in advanced liver cancer patients

Drug everolimus fails to improve overall survival in advanced liver cancer patients

Despite strong preclinical data, the drug everolimus failed to improve overall survival in patients with advanced liver cancer, compared to placebo, according to a study in the July 2 issue of JAMA. [More]
Elderly mRCC patients should not be excluded from targeted therapy option

Elderly mRCC patients should not be excluded from targeted therapy option

Advanced age is not a reason to preclude patients from receiving vascular endothelial growth factor-targeted therapy for metastatic renal cell carcinoma, show study findings from a mixed-age patient population. [More]
18F-FGD-PET measures predict mRCC TKI response

18F-FGD-PET measures predict mRCC TKI response

Positron emission tomography could be used to predict the response of metastatic renal cell carcinoma to tyrosine kinase inhibitor therapy within a couple of weeks of a patient beginning treatment, research suggests. [More]
FDA approves Can-Fite's study protocol for CF102 Phase II clinical trial for advanced liver cancer

FDA approves Can-Fite's study protocol for CF102 Phase II clinical trial for advanced liver cancer

Can-Fite BioPharma Ltd., a biotechnology company with a pipeline of proprietary small molecule drugs that address inflammatory and cancer diseases, announced today that the U.S. FDA has agreed with the Company's study protocol for its Phase II clinical trial of CF102 for the treatment of advanced liver cancer. [More]

Multiple lines of targeted therapy extend life for mRCC patients

Overall survival of patients with metastatic renal cell carcinoma is extended the more lines of targeted therapy they receive, shows an evaluation of a large retrospective multicentre database. [More]

Adoptive T-cell therapy may help in treating liver cancer, says study

Significant new data presented today at the International Liver Congress- 2014 indicate that liver cancer (Hepatocellular Carcinoma (HCC)) may be treated by adoptive T-cell therapy. [More]
Researchers identify experimental drugs to block treatment-resistant leukemia

Researchers identify experimental drugs to block treatment-resistant leukemia

Research in mice and human cell lines has identified an experimental compound dubbed TTT-3002 as potentially one of the most potent drugs available to block genetic mutations in cancer cells blamed for some forms of treatment-resistant leukemia. [More]
Bayer and Onyx announce Phase 3 trial evaluating use of NEXAVAR for patients with HCC after local ablation

Bayer and Onyx announce Phase 3 trial evaluating use of NEXAVAR for patients with HCC after local ablation

Bayer HealthCare Pharmaceuticals Inc. and Onyx Pharmaceuticals, Inc., an Amgen subsidiary (Nasdaq: AMGN), today announced that a Phase 3 trial evaluating the investigational use of NEXAVAR® (sorafenib) tablets as an adjuvant treatment for patients with hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC), or liver cancer, who had no detectable disease after surgical resection or local ablation, did not meet its primary endpoint of improving recurrence-free survival. [More]
Combination treatments for unresectable and metastatic melanomas: an interview with Dr. Kiran Patel, Vice President & Medicines Development Leader for Oncology, GSK

Combination treatments for unresectable and metastatic melanomas: an interview with Dr. Kiran Patel, Vice President & Medicines Development Leader for Oncology, GSK

Melanoma is the most serious and deadly form of skin cancer. Unresectable melanoma is melanoma that has spread locally and cannot be removed by surgery, while metastatic melanoma is melanoma that has spread to other parts of the body. Both are advanced stages of melanoma and have had historically low survival rates. [More]