New Treatment for Adults with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia Approved by the FDA

This week’s excitement surrounding the groundbreaking U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval of the CAR T–cell therapy tisagenlecleucel (Kymriah) for treating certain pediatric and young adult patients with acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) was not the only good news for ALL community in August. Earlier in the month, the FDA approved a new molecularly targeted therapeutic called inotuzumab ozogamicin (Besponsa) for treating adults who have B-cell precursor ALL that did not respond to initial treatment or that returned after treatment.

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Broadening Clinical Trial Participation

Patient enrollment in clinical trials has long been on the minds of oncologists and researchers. In 1990, fewer than 3 percent of patients were enrolled in clinical trials—which spurred then president-elect of the American Cancer Society, Walter Lawrence Jr., MD, to write an editorial calling for more concerted efforts. More than 25 years later, clinical trial participation hovers around 5 percent.

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FDA Approves a New HER2-targeted Therapeutic for Breast Cancer

Earlier this week, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved a new molecularly targeted therapeutic called neratinib (Nerlynx) for treating certain patients with HER2-positive breast cancer. Specifically, the FDA approved neratinib for reducing disease recurrence in patients with early-stage HER2-positive breast cancer who have completed postsurgery (adjuvant) treatment with trastuzumab (Herceptin) and whose disease has not progressed.

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FDA Approves New Lung Cancer Treatment and First Next-Gen Companion Diagnostic

Hot on the heels of the FDA’s landmark approval of an anticancer therapeutic for use based on whether a patient has a tumor with certain biomarkers, rather than a tumor originating at a certain anatomic site, the agency approved the first companion diagnostic that can detect mutations in multiple genes in a single test.

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AACR In the News

The American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) has appeared in numerous publications lately, showcasing the breadth of our mission to prevent and cure all cancer. News stories have featured scientific research, interviews with AACR leadership, and a first-person account of cancer’s financial toll.

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FDA Approves First Use for an Anticancer Therapeutic Based on Tumor Biomarker, Not Tumor Origin

Tuesday marked a milestone for the oncology community: The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced its first approval of an anticancer therapeutic for use based on whether a patient has a tumor with certain biomarkers and not where in the body the tumor originated.

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Scientist↔Survivor Program Participants Spend a Memorable Day on Capitol Hill

US Capitol Building

May is National Cancer Research Month, and for the past 10 years, leaders and members from the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR), the Association of American Cancer Institutes (AACI), and the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) have converged on Capitol Hill during May to share how cancer research is saving lives and transforming patient care.

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FDA Approves Fourth Immune Checkpoint Inhibitor for Bladder Cancer

This time last year there were no immune checkpoint inhibitors approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for treating the most common form of bladder cancer—urothelial carcinoma. The approval of avelumab (Bavencio) earlier this week means there are now four of these revolutionary immunotherapeutics in the armamentarium.

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