Dr. Jack West, Swedish Cancer Institute, discusses the anti-angiogenic agent bevacizumab (Avastin) and the trial evidence of its efficacy for non-squamous NSCLC.
Dr. Alan Sandler, Oregon Health and Science University, considers the various options for maintenance therapy as well as a potential treatment break after first line treatment of advanced non-small cell lung cancer.
One of the more eagerly awaited clinical trials in lung cancer this year is the PointBreak study that tried to identify whether an Alimta (pemetrexed)-based first line and maintenance chemo strategy is significantly superior to a well-established standard first line and maintenance therapy regimen. Specifically, this trial randomized 939 chemo-naive patients wi
A group of investigators at Dana Farber Cancer Institute in Boston, MA recently published a very newsworthy article in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) that argues that patients with advanced non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) who are over 65 don't appear to benefit from the addition of Avastin (bevacizumab) to standard chemotherapy with carboplatin/Taxol (paclitaxel).
At the time that OncTalk (the predecessor to GRACE) was just getting off the ground in the fall of 2006 (wow, three years have gone quickly!), Avastin (bevacizumab) was just getting FDA approval in the first line treatment of advanced NSCLC.
The ASCO meeting I'm at right now is so busy that there really isn't time to write a new post (though I'm still "tweeting from the meeting"). Though the talk show hows just air re-runs of old shows when they're on vacation, I'm trying to continue to add new content to the website during this time (and it's about as far from a vacation as anyone has in Orlando).
The ASCO meeting I'm at right now is so insanely busy during the days and nights that it's next to impossible to carve out the time to write posts during the meeting. While the talk show hosts just show re-runs while they're on vacation, we're at least going to put up some new content, even if it's from work previously done (and this is far from a vacation).