In the midst of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the US. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) provided good news for the breast cancer community this week when it approved a new breast cancer therapeutic called talazoparib (Talzenna), which targets ADP-ribose polymerase (PARP) proteins. They also approved a test to identify those patients eligible to receive talazoparib: patients with metastatic or locally advanced, HER2-negative breast cancer who have an inherited, cancer-associated BRCA1 or BRCA2 (BRCA1/2) mutation.Read More
Last week saw a flurry of new anticancer therapeutics approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for treating several types of cancer. On Monday, Sept. 24, the agency approved the molecularly targeted therapeutic duvelisib (Copiktra) for treating certain patients with chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL) or small lymphocytic lymphoma (SLL), and for treating certain patients with follicular lymphoma. On Thursday, Sept. 27, it approved another molecularly targeted therapeutic—dacomitinib (Vizimpro)—for treating certain patients with non–small cell lung cancer (NSCLC). Then, on Friday, Sept. 28, it approved the immunotherapeutic cemiplimab-rwlc (Libtayo) for treating certain patients with cutaneous squamous cell carcinoma.Read More
In 2017, electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes) were the most commonly used tobacco product among high and middle school students. Many public health experts believe that youth use of e-cigarettes has reached an epidemic proportion.
On September 12, 2018, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced a series of critical and historic enforcement actions related to the sale and marketing of e-cigarettes to kids. This effort included issuing more than 1,300 warning letters and fines to retailers who illegally sold e-cigarette products to minors.Read More
In the midst of the dog days of summer, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has provided good news for the cancer community: It has approved two new anticancer therapeutics for the treatment of four rare types of cancer.Read More
During the early part of summer 2018, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved several new anticancer therapeutics and expanded the use of some previously approved anticancer therapeutics to include new types of cancer.Read More
Policymakers, parents, teachers, and public health professionals have all expressed concern about the rise in teen vaping and a strong desire to find ways to reverse the trend. On Wednesday, the American Association for Cancer Research held a congressional briefing to update policymakers and the public on the latest scientific evidence related to e-cigarettes and to start a dialogue about challenges and potential solutions in prevention of youth vaping.Read More
Last week, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) increased the number of types of cancer for which pembrolizumab (Keytruda) is a treatment option when it approved the immunotherapeutic for treating certain patients with cervical cancer and certain patients with non-Hodgkin lymphoma.Read More
This week, President Trump signed the Childhood Cancer Survivorship, Treatment, Access and Research (STAR) Act, which is aimed at supporting pediatric cancer research. The legislation calls for expanding the collection of patient biospecimens and records, improving surveillance, and investigating pediatric survivorship.Read More
On May 4, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved a combination of molecularly targeted therapeutics for the treatment of a certain type of thyroid cancer. Specifically, the FDA approved the use of dabrafenib (Tafinlar) in combination with trametinib (Mekinist) for treating patients who have anaplastic thyroid cancer that cannot be removed by surgery or that has metastasized, and that tests positive for a BRAF V600E gene mutation.Read More
Earlier this week, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved expanding the use of the immunotherapeutic tisagenlecleucel (Kymriah) to include certain patients with non-Hodgkin lymphoma.
In August 2017, tisagenlecleucel became …