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Current Opinion in Oncology

Theodore Gourdin
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Summarizes recent advances in the treatment of metastatic castration-sensitive and castration-resistant prostate cancer. RECENT FINDINGS: New randomized data suggest a survival advantage to early abiraterone in castration-sensitive metastatic prostate cancer. Prospective and retrospective studies are examining sequencing of existing cytotoxic and androgen-receptor-targeted therapies in both castration-sensitive and castration-resistant disease...
March 16, 2018: Current Opinion in Oncology
William Tabayoyong, Jianjun Gao
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Recent Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval of five new immune checkpoint inhibitors for the treatment of metastatic urothelial cancer represents the first major treatment breakthrough for this disease since the introduction of combination chemotherapy over 30 years ago. This review examines the recent clinical trials leading to FDA approval of these agents, the current challenges facing immunotherapy and areas that require further research. RECENT FINDINGS: The programmed death 1 receptor (PD-1) and its ligand programmed death ligand-1 (PD-L1) are important negative regulators of immune activity, preventing destruction of normal tissues and autoimmunity...
March 15, 2018: Current Opinion in Oncology
Lara Kujtan, Arif Hussain, Janakiraman Subramanian, Ashiq Masood
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Recent advances in next-generation sequencing have allowed for detailed molecular analysis of urothelial carcinomas, with potentially significant clinical implications for personalized treatment. Our objective in this review is to highlight studies from the past year that have furthered the understanding of urothelial cancer genomics. RECENT FINDINGS: Recent studies by The Cancer Genome Atlas consortium further characterized urothelial carcinomas via molecular subtyping, and a schema was proposed to match each subtype with potential therapeutic implications...
March 13, 2018: Current Opinion in Oncology
Yasmine Ghantous, Juliana L Schussel, Mariana Brait
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: The present review aims to describe the epigenetic alterations observed in oral cancer linked to the exposure to alcohol and/or tobacco. RECENT FINDINGS: Recent findings emphasize the importance of epigenetics in oral cancer progression and in how risk factors (as tobacco and alcohol) affect the basal epigenetic profiles. Deeper techniques and detailed approaches allowed the perception that individual CG changes and even subtle changes may represent important epigenetic alterations resulting in expression changes and other carcinogenic consequences...
March 13, 2018: Current Opinion in Oncology
Jad Chahoud, Miao Zhang, Amishi Shah, Sue-Hwa Lin, Louis L Pisters, Shi-Ming Tu
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: In the present review, we summarize the recent developments in the management of germ cell tumors (GCTs). RECENT FINDINGS: Treatment-related acute and late-onset toxicity remains a key challenge in the management of GCTs, with recent evidence showing that the adverse health outcomes of etoposide and cisplatin for four cycles in comparison to bleomycin, etoposide, and cisplatin for three cycles appear to be similar. Recent data showed that multidisciplinary clinic approach and management in experienced academic centers were associated with improved overall survival in GCT patients...
March 13, 2018: Current Opinion in Oncology
Gustavo T Stock, Renata R C Colombo Bonadio, Gilberto de Castro
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Oropharyngeal cancer (OPC) incidence is increasing worldwide, especially in developed countries where it seems to be etiologically related to the elevating rates of high-risk human papillomavirus (HPV) infection. Considered a distinct disease because of its weak correlation with the traditional risk factors (tobacco use and alcohol), it has different patterns of survival outcomes, locoregional and distant failure, generally with better prognosis independently of the treatment...
February 22, 2018: Current Opinion in Oncology
Maria Perez Soares D'Alessandro, Gilberto de Castro
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February 22, 2018: Current Opinion in Oncology
Kirsten Bouchelouche, Peter L Choyke
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: In recent years, a large number of reports have been published on prostate-specific membrane antigen (PSMA)/PET in prostate cancer (PCa). This review highlights advances in PSMA PET in PCa during the past year. RECENT FINDINGS: PSMA PET/computed tomography (CT) is useful in detection of biochemical recurrence, especially at low prostate-specific antigen (PSA) values. The detection rate of PSMA PET is influenced by PSA level. For primary PCa, PSMA PET/CT shows promise for tumour localization in the prostate, especially in combination with multiparametric MRI (mpMRI)...
February 19, 2018: Current Opinion in Oncology
Young Kwok, Adeel Kaiser, Stephanie R Rice, Randi Cohen, Mark Mishra
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: The overview summarizes recent developments in radiation oncology for high risk and recurrent prostate cancer. RECENT FINDINGS: A number of well known phase III prostate hypofractionated radiation therapy (HFxRT) trials were finally published with long-term follow-ups. These trials demonstrate patterns of equivalent tumor control with several showing worse toxicity rates. The ASCENDE-RT randomized trial demonstrated the superiority of brachytherapy boost in intermediate and high-risk prostate cancer...
February 19, 2018: Current Opinion in Oncology
Vincent K Lam, Vassiliki Papadimitrakopoulou
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Contemporary advances in the understanding of the molecular and immunologic basis of metastatic lung cancer have firmly changed its treatment paradigm to a personalized, biomarker-driven approach. However, the majority of lung-cancer patients [especially lung squamous cell carcinoma (LUSC)] still do not have effective targeted therapeutic options. Master protocols, such as Lung-MAP, represent an innovative clinical trial approach designed to accelerate evaluation of novel biomarker-driven therapies...
January 10, 2018: Current Opinion in Oncology
Reinhard Dummer
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January 4, 2018: Current Opinion in Oncology
Gil Awada, Jean Klastersky
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: The therapeutic armamentarium for advanced non-small-cell lung cancer has evolved considerably over the past years. Immune checkpoint inhibitors targeting programmed cell death-1 such as pembrolizumab and nivolumab or programmed cell death ligand 1 such as atezolizumab, durvalumab and avelumab have shown favorable efficacy results in this patient population in the first-line and second-line setting. These immunotherapies are associated with a distinct toxicity profile based on autoimmune organ toxicity which is a new challenge for supportive care during treatment with these drugs...
January 4, 2018: Current Opinion in Oncology
Peter Koelblinger, Olaf Thuerigen, Reinhard Dummer
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: To describe the pharmacological properties, preclinical and clinical data of the novel V-Raf Murine Sarcoma Viral Oncogene Homolog B (BRAF)-inhibitor encorafenib (LGX818) and to compare these with established BRAF-inhibitors in the treatment of locally advanced or metastatic melanoma. RECENT FINDINGS: Encorafenib has shown improved efficacy in the treatment of metastatic melanoma in comparison with vemurafenib. Combination with the MEK inhibitor (MEKi) binimetinib allows for higher dose intensities of encorafenib further improving response rates (RRs)...
March 2018: Current Opinion in Oncology
Florentia Dimitriou, Ralph Peter Braun, Joanna Mangana
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: We review the results from relevant clinical trials and discuss current strategies in the melanoma adjuvant setting. RECENT FINDINGS: The favorable therapeutic efficacy and the significant less toxicity of nivolumab compared with ipilimumab, fully substitutes today's approval of ipilimumab, regardless mutation status, whereas in BRAF-mutated patients, dabrafenib and trametinib seem to confirm their high efficacy also in adjuvant setting. The use of interferon is restricted to patients with ulcerated melanoma and countries with no access to the new drugs...
March 2018: Current Opinion in Oncology
Felicitas Oberndorfer, Leonhard Müllauer
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: In this article, we summarize the current knowledge on molecular alterations in lung cancer that are targets for therapy, and provide an outlook on the future development of molecular pathology in precision oncology. RECENT FINDINGS: Lung cancer has become a paradigm for the success of molecular targeted therapies in solid tumors. Tyrosine kinase inhibitors are effective treatment options in adenocarcinoma patients with an EGFR, ALK, ROS1 or B-Raf Proto-Oncogene, Serine/Threonine kinase mutation...
March 2018: Current Opinion in Oncology
Phil F Cheng
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Bioinformatic insights from next-generation sequencing has been integral in understanding melanoma biology, resistance to treatment and provided new avenues for melanoma treatment. Whole-genome sequencing, whole-exome sequencing and RNA sequencing has redefined the molecular classification of melanoma, revealed distinct genetic aberrations that define clinical subtypes of melanoma and uncovered the diverse heterogeneity that resides in an individual tumor. RECENT FINDINGS: In this review, we will summarize the recent whole-genome study that catalogs the genomic landscape across many melanoma subtypes, the single-cell RNA sequencing studies that interrogates tumor heterogeneity and the personalized vaccine approaches to melanoma treatment...
March 2018: Current Opinion in Oncology
Vivian Chua, Andrew E Aplin
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Currently, there are no U.S. Food and Drug Administration-approved or effective treatment options for advanced-stage uveal melanoma. In this article, we focus on therapeutic targets in pathways/mechanisms associated with common mutations in uveal melanoma. We review the challenges associated with targeting of these pathways and novel treatment strategies. RECENT FINDINGS: Common mutations that promote uveal melanoma initiation and progression include alterations in G protein subunit alpha q/11 (GNAQ/GNA11) and breast cancer gene 1-associated protein 1 (BAP1)...
March 2018: Current Opinion in Oncology
Yoshihiro Ishida, Atsushi Otsuka, Kenji Kabashima
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: The present review aims to provide readers with the latest updates on the biology and clinical management of cutaneous angiosarcoma (cAS). RECENT FINDINGS: The genomic alteration of cAS is heterogeneous. Mutations are enriched in the mitosis-activated kinase (MAPK) pathway. Functional analysis has identified molecules that may serve as potential markers and therapeutic targets of angiosarcoma. These molecules include survivin, HSP90, FOXM1, miR-497-5p, KCa3...
March 2018: Current Opinion in Oncology
Giorgio Seano
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Brain tumors are composed of primary tumors of the central nervous system, such us glioblastoma (GBM), and secondary metastatic tumors, such as melanoma, non-Hodgkin lymphoma as well as lung and breast cancers. Brain tumors are highly deadly, and unfortunately not many improvements have been achieved to improve the survival of patients with brain tumors. Chemoradiation resistance is one of the most clinically relevant challenges faced in patients with brain tumors. The perivascular niche is one of the most relevant microenvironment hubs in brain tumors...
January 2018: Current Opinion in Oncology
Roberto Ronca, Jo A Van Ginderachter, Andrei Turtoi
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Tumor stroma is composed of many cellular subtypes, of which the most abundant are fibroblasts, macrophages and endothelial cells. During the process of tissue injury, these three cellular subtypes must coordinate their activity to efficiently contribute to tissue regeneration. In tumor, this mechanism is hijacked by cancer cells, which rewire the interaction of stromal cells to benefit tumor development. The present review aims at summarizing most relevant information concerning both pro-tumorigenic and anti-tumorigenic actions implicating the three stromal cell subtypes as well as their mutual interactions...
January 2018: Current Opinion in Oncology
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