ASCO in Action

ASCO in Action provides the latest news and analysis related to critical policy issues affecting the cancer community, updates on the Association for Clinical Oncology’s ongoing advocacy efforts, and opportunities for members and others in the cancer care community to take action.

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May 7, 2021

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced plans to advance two proposed tobacco product standards within the next year that would ban menthol cigarettes and flavored cigars (including menthol-flavored cigars) from the marketplace in the United States. The proposed standards align with the American Society of Clinical Oncology’s recommendation that FDA ban the addition of menthol to cigarettes and other combustible tobacco products as a characterizing flavor.

May 5, 2021

On May 5, 2021, the Food and Drug Administration granted accelerated approval to pembrolizumab (Keytruda, Merck & Co.) in combination with trastuzumab, fluoropyrimidine- and platinum-containing chemotherapy for the first-line treatment of patients with locally advanced unresectable or metastatic HER2 positive gastric or gastroesophageal junction (GEJ) adenocarcinoma.

May 3, 2021

 In a continuation of their collaboration to increase clinical trial participation among patients from underrepresented racial and ethnic groups, the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) and Association of Community Cancer Centers (ACCC) today announced plans to test a research site assessment tool and implicit bias training program, both of which are designed to address one of the barriers to clinical trial participation: trials not routinely being offered by clinicians to eligible patients.

April 30, 2021

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services released part two of the Notice of Benefit and Payment Parameters for 2022 and Pharmacy Benefit Standards final rule.

April 28, 2021

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services released the Fiscal Year (FY) 2022 Medicare Hospital Inpatient Prospective Payment System and Long-Term Care Hospital Rates Proposed Rule. The proposed rule would update the Medicare fee-for-service payment rates and policies for inpatient hospitals and long-term care hospitals for FY 2022.

April 27, 2021

From April 12-16, U.S. members of the Association for Clinical Oncology (ASCO) participated in the 2021 ASCO Advocacy Summit, where 148 advocates from 44 states and the District of Columbia held 222 virtual meetings – the most ever held during an Advocacy Summit – with Members of Congress and staff to urge action on important policies to improve access to high-quality, equitable care for people with cancer. 

April 23, 2021

On April 23, 2021, the Food and Drug Administration approved loncastuximab tesirine-lpyl (Zynlonta, ADC Therapeutics SA), a CD19-directed antibody and alkylating agent conjugate, for adult patients with relapsed or refractory large B-cell lymphoma after two or more lines of systemic therapy, including diffuse large B-cell lymphoma (DLBCL) not otherwise specified, DLBCL arising from low grade lymphoma, and high-grade B-cell lymphoma.

April 22, 2021

On April 22, 2021, the Food and Drug Administration granted accelerated approval to dostarlimab-gxly (Jemperli, GlaxoSmithKline LLC) for adult patients with mismatch repair deficient (dMMR) recurrent or advanced endometrial cancer, as determined by an FDA-approved test, that has progressed on or following a prior platinum-containing regimen.

April 22, 2021

On April 22, 2021, the Food and Drug Administration granted accelerated approval to dostarlimab-gxly (Jemperli, GlaxoSmithKline LLC) for adult patients with mismatch repair deficient (dMMR) recurrent or advanced endometrial cancer, as determined by an FDA-approved test, that has progressed on or following a prior platinum-containing regimen.

April 16, 2021

On April 16, 2021, the Food and Drug Administration approved nivolumab (Opdivo, Bristol-Myers Squibb Company) in combination with fluoropyrimidine- and platinum-containing chemotherapy for advanced or metastatic gastric cancer, gastroesophageal junction cancer, and esophageal adenocarcinoma.

April 16, 2021

On April 16, 2021, the Food and Drug Administration approved nivolumab (Opdivo, Bristol-Myers Squibb Company) in combination with fluoropyrimidine- and platinum-containing chemotherapy for advanced or metastatic gastric cancer, gastroesophageal junction cancer, and esophageal adenocarcinoma.

April 14, 2021

Today, the Association for Clinical Oncology (ASCO) presented Senators Richard Burr (R-NC) and Ben Cardin (D-MD) with the annual Congressional Champion for Cancer Care Award in recognition of their ongoing commitment to legislation that improves the environment for cancer research, oncology practice, and the quality of care for patients. The award honors Members of Congress who are leading champions for patients and survivors of cancer, their families, and their cancer care teams. 

April 14, 2021

The Association for Clinical Oncology (ASCO) presented its Advocate of the Year Award to Jasmine Kamboj, MD, for her exceptional contributions to advocacy efforts to improve cancer care and research. A current member of ASCO’s Health Equity Committee, Dr. Kamboj volunteered much of her time to advocate on behalf of cancer advocacy priorities that impact people with cancer and their cancer care teams.

April 13, 2021

On April 13, 2021, the Food and Drug Administration granted accelerated approval to sacituzumab govitecan (Trodelvy, Immunomedics Inc.) for patients with locally advanced or metastatic urothelial cancer (mUC) who previously received a platinum-containing chemotherapy and either a programmed death receptor-1 (PD-1) or a programmed death-ligand 1 (PD-L1) inhibitor.

April 13, 2021

On Friday, April 9, ASCO and Friends of Cancer Research (Friends) co-hosted a live virtual event, which brought together experts from across the healthcare sector to discuss the recent release of the new ASCO-Friends recommendations for modernizing eligibility criteria to improve patient access and representation in cancer clinical trials. ASCO-Friends recommendations address five specific areas: treatment washout periods, concomitant medications, prior therapies, laboratory reference ranges and test intervals, and patient performance status.

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