February 8, 2021

Reduced levels of screening for prostate cancer using prostate-specific antigen (PSA) testing correspond with recent increases in the diagnosis of metastatic disease, according to a study that will be presented at the 2021 ASCO Genitourinary Cancers Symposium, taking place virtually February 11-13.

February 8, 2021

Treatment with the immunotherapy nivolumab (Opdivo®) following radical surgery with or without cisplatin-based chemotherapy significantly improved disease-free survival in patients with muscle-invasive urothelial carcinoma, according to a study that will be presented at the 2021 ASCO Genitourinary Cancers Symposium, taking place virtually February 11-13.

October 5, 2020

During the peak of the COVID-19 pandemic, fewer Black and Hispanic patients with cancer used telehealth (including phone encounters and video visits) as compared with white patients according to findings from an analysis of data from New York City hospitals. Significant disparities in the use of telehealth not only limit access to quality cancer care for these patients during the pandemic but will continue to hinder patient care as telehealth use becomes more integrated into standard cancer care. The study will be presented as part of the virtual 2020 ASCO Quality Care Symposium

October 5, 2020

A study of more than 500 patients with cancer and COVID-19 at a large cancer center in Boston found that Black patients with cancer and COVID-19 were twice as likely to be hospitalized due to complications related to the virus as compared with white patients. Black patients were at greater risk of a visit to the emergency room. The findings will be presented at the upcoming virtual 2020 American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) Quality Care Symposium.

October 5, 2020

Black and Hispanic patients with cancer were more likely to be infected with COVID-19 than white patients, based on the findings of a study of more than 477,000 patients with cancer. The study will be presented at the American Society of Clinical Oncology’s (ASCO) upcoming Quality Care Symposium, taking place virtually October 9–10, 2020.

June 4, 2020

On June 4 the American Society of Clinical Oncology announced record-breaking attendance at its three-day virtual scientific meeting, held online from Friday, May 29, through Sunday, May 31. More than 42,700 attendees from 138 countries have participated thus far, learning virtually about new clinical cancer advances in every area of cancer research.

 

May 29, 2020

ALEXANDRIA, Va. — Positive results from two cohorts of the Targeted Agent and Profiling Utilization Registry (TAPUR) Study provide real world evidence to support recent clinical trial data that demonstrate a role for olaparib (Lynparza) in the treatment of advanced prostate and pancreatic cancers with BRCA1/2 inactivating mutations.

May 28, 2020

ALEXANDRIA, Va. - Conquer Cancer, the ASCO Foundation, is honored to announce the recipients of its awards supporting researchers with projects spanning many areas in cancer care, including immunotherapy, lung, breast cancer, and palliative care. The awards will be given in conjunction with the virtual scientific program of the 2020 ASCO Annual Meeting. 

May 28, 2020

ALEXANDRIA, Va. — Front-line therapy with the immune checkpoint inhibitor pembrolizumab (Keytruda) doubled progression-free survival vs chemotherapy in patients with a type of advanced colorectal cancer that has a high number of mutations, which previous research suggests may have a poor prognosis for some patients. This is the first time pembrolizumab has been shown to benefit these patients when used as a front-line therapy. The findings come from an interim analysis of the phase III KEYNOTE-177 trial that will be presented during the virtual scientific program of the 2020 American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) Annual Meeting.

May 28, 2020

ALEXANDRIA, Va. — In patients with cancer and COVID-19, cancer that is progressing was independently associated with an increased risk of death, according to an analysis of 928 patients. COVID-19 treatment with both hydroxychloroquine and azithromycin was also strongly associated with increased risk of death, according to data from the COVID-19 and Cancer Consortium (CCC19) registry. The registry contains data from patients who have tested positive for COVID-19 and around 40% of patients in the registry also have active cancer. The data will be presented as part of the virtual scientific program of the 2020 American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) Annual Meeting. 

 

 

May 28, 2020

ALEXANDRIA, Va. — Among patients with lung and other thoracic cancers also diagnosed with COVID-19, prior use of chemotherapy — alone or in combination with other treatments — was associated with increased risk of death, according to an analysis to be presented as part of the virtual scientific program of the 2020 American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) Annual Meeting. The data come from the Thoracic cancERs international coVid 19 cOLlaboraTion (TERAVOLT) registry and are the most recent available. 

May 28, 2020

ALEXANDRIA, Va. — Researchers have developed an algorithm to identify molecular targets and pair them with targeted therapies for relapsed pediatric cancers with a poor prognosis. In a recent study, this approach extended the time until disease progression by three months for a small group of pediatric patients with very high-priority targets. The study findings will be presented during the virtual scientific program of the 2020 American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) Annual Meeting. 

May 28, 2020

ALEXANDRIA, Va. — In a small, phase II study of a very rare cancer that develops inside a woman’s uterus during or after pregnancy, treatment with avelumab (Bavencio) potentially cured 8 out of 15 women with cancer that was resistant to single-agent chemotherapy. This is the first trial exploring use of immunotherapy in patients with gestational trophoblastic tumors (GTT) and suggests that avelumab may be a new therapeutic option for these patients. The results will be presented during the virtual scientific program of the 2020 American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) Annual Meeting. 

May 28, 2020

ALEXANDRIA, Va. — Treatment with avelumab combined with best supportive care following chemotherapy significantly extended overall survival compared with best supportive care alone in patients with advanced urothelial cancer in the JAVELIN Bladder 100 trial. The results of this study will be presented during the virtual scientific program of the 2020 American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) Annual Meeting.

May 28, 2020

EGFR) mutation significantly improved disease-free survival in a phase III study. Of patients with stage II-IIIA NSCLC who received osimertinib, 90% were alive at two years without the cancer recurring, compared with 44% who received a placebo. In stage II-IIIA patients, the risk of disease recurrence or death was reduced by 83% for patients treated with adjuvant osimertinib after surgery compared to placebo.

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