On October 23, 2019, the FDA approved the PARP inhibitor niraparib (Zejula; Tesaro) for the treatment of patients with homologous recombination deficiency (HRD)-positive advanced ovarian, fallopian tube, or primary peritoneal cancer, after ≥3 chemotherapy regimens. HRD is defined by a deleterious or suspected deleterious BRCA mutation, or a genomic instability associated with disease progression >6 months after the tumor’s response to the last platinum-based chemotherapy. On the same day, the FDA also approved the Myriad myChoice CDx test to select patients for niraparib therapy based on the HRD tumor status.
Anaheim, CA—The speed at which the genetics revolution has propelled forward in oncology has created enormous ramifications and unanticipated challenges, according to Suzanne Mahon, RN, DNSc, AOCN, AGN-BC, CNS, Professor, Division of Hematology/Oncology, Department of Internal Medicine, Saint Louis University, MO.
Chicago, IL—Tumor-specific antigens provide personalized targets for immunotherapy. Neoantigen vaccines are a new type of immunotherapy that can elicit immune response and achieve remission. Evidence is compelling to support neoantigens as the target of effective immune responses against cancer and to support an association between neoantigen load with improved clinical outcome, said Patrick Alexander Ott, MD, PhD, Clinical Director, Center for Immuno-Oncology, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Boston, MA, at ASCO 2019.
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