FDA Approves New Treatments for Three Cancer Types 

In the past few weeks, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has announced three approvals for new treatments for several types of cancer. On December 18, the FDA approved the new molecularly targeted therapeutic enfortumab vedotin-ejfv (Padcev) to treat certain patients who have bladder cancer; on November 21, the agency expanded the use of the molecularly targeted therapeutic acalabrutinib (Calquence) to include treating adults who have chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL) or small lymphocytic lymphoma (SLL); and on November 14, it approved the new molecularly targeted therapeutic zanubrutinib (Brukinsa) to treat certain patients who have mantle cell lymphoma.  

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FDA Approvals Provide New Advances Against Bladder, Lung, and Kidney Cancer

During late March and early April, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) made several decisions that have increased the number of treatment options for certain patients with bladder, lung, and kidney cancer. On March 18, 2019, the agency approved the immunotherapeutic atezolizumab (Tecentriq) for treating certain patients with small-cell lung cancer (SCLC). On April 12, 2019, it approved a new molecularly targeted therapeutic—erdafitinib (Balversa)—for treating certain patients with bladder cancer. Then, on April 19, 2019, it approved the immunotherapeutic pembrolizumab (Keytruda) for treating certain patients with kidney cancer.

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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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New Immune Checkpoint Inhibitor Approved for Bladder Cancer

Earlier this week, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced that it had approved a new immune checkpoint inhibitor, durvalumab (Imfinzi), for the treatment of certain patients with the most common form of bladder cancer—urothelial carcinoma.

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