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Ettore D'Argento, Sabrina Rossi, Giovanni Schinzari, Antonia Strippoli, Michele Basso, Alessandra Cassano, Carlo Barone
New treatments-as immunotherapies and new antiangiogenic agents-are now available in second-line setting for patients affected by EGFR wild-type and ALK-negative non-small-cell lung cancer (NSCLC). Nintedanib, ramucirumab, nivolumab and pembrolizumab have to be included in the therapeutic sequences for patients affected by NSCLC, but no clear selection criteria are to date offered, except for patients with PD-L1 expression ≥50 %. Performance status, smoking habits and comorbidities should be considered as clinical criteria in order to select the appropriate treatment, but also tumour characteristics as histotype, platinum resistance and rapid progression after a first-line therapy should be taken into account...
December 2016: Current Treatment Options in Oncology
H H Yoon, J C Bendell, F S Braiteh, I Firdaus, P A Philip, A L Cohn, N Lewis, D M Anderson, E Arrowsmith, J D Schwartz, L Gao, Y Hsu, Y Xu, D Ferry, S R Alberts, Z A Wainberg
BACKGROUND: We report the first randomized, Phase II trial of ramucirumab, an anti-vascular endothelial growth factor receptor-2 monoclonal antibody, as front-line therapy in patients with advanced adenocarcinoma of the esophagus or gastric/gastroesophageal junction (GEJ). PATIENTS AND METHODS: Patients from the USA with advanced esophageal, gastric, or GEJ adenocarcinoma randomly received (1:1) mFOLFOX6 plus ramucirumab (8 mg/kg) or mFOLFOX6 plus placebo every 2 weeks...
October 20, 2016: Annals of Oncology: Official Journal of the European Society for Medical Oncology
Yutaka Kimura, Yoichi Makari, Johta Mikami, Shunji Kamigaki, Ayumi Ikejima, Chika Fujii, Genta Sawada, Shin Nakahira, Jun Yamamura, Ken Nakata, Tameyoshi Yamamoto, Naoki Ikeda, Masaki Tsujie, Junya Fujita, Hiroki Ohzato
BACKGROUND: The REGARD and RAINBOW trials showed that ramucirumab(RAM)alone and RAM plus paclitaxel(PTX) were effective therapies for advanced gastric cancer patients previously treated with chemotherapy. In this retrospective study, we evaluated the safety and efficacy of RAM alone and PTX plus RAM in such patients. METHODS: Patients who were received RAM at 8mg/kg or RAM plus PTX at 80mg/m2(on days 1, 8, and 15 of a 28-day cycle)between June 2015 and March 2016 were enrolled in this study...
October 2016: Gan to Kagaku Ryoho. Cancer & Chemotherapy
Koji Takeda, Haruko Daga
On December 12, 2014, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved ramucirumab for use in combination with docetaxel for the treatment of patients with metastatic non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) with disease progression on or after platinum-based chemotherapy. Areas covered: This review discusses the best treatment strategy for ramucirumab, a vascular endothelial growth factor receptor-2 inhibitor for patients with advanced NSCLC. Expert opinion: The addition of ramucirumab to docetaxel in the treatment of patients with metastatic NSCLC who have progressed on or after platinum-based chemotherapy confers a 1...
October 13, 2016: Expert Opinion on Biological Therapy
M Moore, S Gill, T Asmis, S Berry, R Burkes, K Zbuk, T Alcindor, A Jeyakumar, T Chan, S Rao, J Spratlin, P A Tang, J Rothenstein, E Chan, J Bendell, F Kudrik, J Kauh, S Tang, L Gao, S R P Kambhampati, F Nasroulah, L Yang, N Ramdas, P Binder, E Strevel
BACKGROUND: Icrucumab and ramucirumab are recombinant human IgG1 monoclonal antibodies that bind VEGF receptors 1 and 2 (VEGFR-1 and -2), respectively. This randomized phase II study evaluated the antitumor activity and safety of icrucumab and ramucirumab each in combination with mFOLFOX-6 in patients with metastatic colorectal cancer after disease progression on first-line therapy with a fluoropyrimidine and irinotecan. PATIENTS AND METHODS: Eligible patients were randomly assigned to receive mFOLFOX-6 alone (mFOLFOX-6) or in combination with ramucirumab 8 mg/kg IV (RAM+mFOLFOX-6) or icrucumab 15 mg/kg IV (ICR+mFOLFOX-6) every 2 weeks...
October 11, 2016: Annals of Oncology: Official Journal of the European Society for Medical Oncology
Christian Manegold, Anne-Marie C Dingemans, Jhanelle E Gray, Kazuhiko Nakagawa, Marianne Nicolson, Solange Peters, Martin Reck, Yi-Long Wu, Odd Terje Brustugun, Lucio Crino, Enriqueta Felip, Dean Fennell, Pilar Garrido, Rudolf M Huber, Aurelien Marabelle, Marcin Moniuszko, Francoise Mornex, Silvia Novello, Mauro Papotti, Maurice Pérol, Egbert F Smit, Kostas Syrigos, Jan P van Meerbeeck, Nico van Zandwijk, James Chih-Hsin Yang, Caicun Zhou, Everett Vokes
Over the past few years, there have been considerable advances in the treatments available to patients with metastatic or locally advanced non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC), particularly those who have progressed on or during first-line treatment. Some of the treatment options available to patients are discussed here, with a focus on checkpoint inhibitor immunotherapies (nivolumab and pembrolizumab) and antiangiogenic agents (bevacizumab, ramucirumab and nintedanib). It is hypothesised that combining immunotherapy with antiangiogenic treatment may have a synergistic effect and enhance the efficacy of both treatments...
October 8, 2016: Journal of Thoracic Oncology
Xiaofu Zhu, Yoo-Joung Ko, Scott Berry, Keya Shah, Esther Lee, Kelvin Chan
BACKGROUND: It is unclear which regimen is the most efficacious among the available therapies for advanced gastric cancer in the second-line setting. We performed a network meta-analysis to determine their relative benefits. METHODS: We conducted a systematic review of randomized controlled trials (RCTs) through the MEDLINE, Embase, and Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials databases and American Society of Clinical Oncology abstracts up to June 2014 to identify phase III RCTs on advanced gastric cancer in the second-line setting...
October 8, 2016: Gastric Cancer
Jörg Trojan, Oliver Waidmann
Sorafenib is still the only systemic drug approved for the treatment of advanced hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC). In recent years, several investigational agents mainly targeting angiogenesis failed in late-phase clinical development due to either toxicity or lack of benefit. Recently, data of the RESORCE trial, a placebo-controlled Phase III study that evaluated the efficacy and safety of regorafenib in patients with HCC and documented disease progression after systemic first-line treatment with sorafenib, were presented at the ESMO World Congress on Gastrointestinal Cancer, 2016...
2016: J Hepatocell Carcinoma
Kohei Shitara
Differences in clinical outcomes between advanced gastric cancer (AGC) in Asia and that in other regions have been discussed for a long time, although no major significant differences in molecular profiles have been reported. The anti-human epidermal growth factor receptor 2 antibody trastuzumab and the anti-vascular endothelial growth factor receptor 2 monoclonal antibody ramucirumab were both approved as a treatment for AGC on the basis of global phase 3 trials including Japan. In recent years, others new agents for treatment of AGC have been investigated in global or Asian studies...
October 3, 2016: Gastric Cancer
Kohei Shitara, Atsushi Ohtsu
In recent years, various new agents have been investigated for the treatment of advanced gastric cancer (AGC). The anti-HER2 antibody trastuzumab has been shown to prolong the overall survival of patients with HER2-positive AGC and has become a standard treatment. However, lapatinib, or ado-trastuzumab emtansine (T-DM1), did not show survival benefit in AGC, although it has shown remarkable efficacy for HER2-positive breast cancer. The efficacy of the anti-vascular endothelial growth factor receptor monoclonal antibody ramucirumab for pretreated gastric cancer is a milestone for antiangiogenic therapy for AGC...
October 2016: Journal of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network: JNCCN
András Telekes, Dániel Deme
Ramucirumab is a humanized monoclonal antibody against vascular endothelial growth factor receptor-2, which inhibits the binding of vascular endothelial growth factor-A, -C and -D ligands. Furthermore it blocks the ligand stimulated activation of p44/p42 mitogen activated protein kinases, thus neutralizing the ligand induced proliferation and migration of human endothelial cells. Based on the results of the REGARD (Ramucirumab monotherapy for previously treated advanced gastric or gastro-oesophageal junction adenocarcinoma) and the RAINBOW (Ramucirumab plus paclitaxel versus placebo plus paclitaxel in patients with previously treated advanced gastric or gastro-oesophageal junction adenocarcinoma) studies ramucirumab was approved for 2nd line treatment as monotherapy and in combination with paclitaxel for patients with local relapse and unresectable or metastatic gastric cancer (including gastro-esophegal junction adenocarcinoma)...
October 2016: Orvosi Hetilap
Valérie Paulus, Virginie Avrillon, Maurice Pérol
Angiogenesis is critical for tumor growth, proliferation and metastasis with the crucial role of Vascular Endothelial Growth factor (VEGF) pathway. Ramucirumab is a monoclonal antibody that specifically targets the extracellular domain of Vascular Endothelial Growth Factor Receptor 2. Areas covered: We performed a search on Medline to browse the current literature on Ramucirumab and anti-angiogenic agents, for the treatment of NSCLC. The REVEL study demonstrated a significant improvement of response rate, progression-free survival and overall survival by adding ramucirumab to docetaxel compared to docetaxel plus a placebo in second-line treatment of advanced non-small cell lung cancer, irrespective of histology, with an acceptable safety profile...
October 8, 2016: Expert Review of Anticancer Therapy
Yoshihito Ohhara, Naoki Fukuda, Satoshi Takeuchi, Rio Honma, Yasushi Shimizu, Ichiro Kinoshita, Hirotoshi Dosaka-Akita
Colorectal cancer (CRC) is a significant cause of cancer-related morbidity and mortality all over the world. Improvements of cytotoxic and biologic agents have prolonged the survival in metastatic CRC (mCRC), with a median overall survival of approximately 2 years and more in the past two decades. The biologic agents that have proven clinical benefits in mCRC mainly target vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) and epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR). In particular, bevacizumab targeting VEGF and cetuximab and panitumumab targeting EGFR have demonstrated significant survival benefits in combination with cytotoxic chemotherapy in the first-line, second-line, or salvage setting...
September 15, 2016: World Journal of Gastrointestinal Oncology
Emily F Goode, Elizabeth C Smyth
Survival for patients with advanced oesophageal and stomach cancer is poor; together these cancers are responsible for more than a million deaths per year globally. As chemotherapy and targeted therapies such as trastuzumab and ramucirumab result in modest improvements in survival but not long-term cure for such patients, development of alternative treatment approaches is warranted. Novel immunotherapy drugs such as checkpoint inhibitors have been paradigm changing in melanoma, non-small cell lung cancer and urothelial cancers...
September 22, 2016: Journal of Clinical Medicine
Charles S Fuchs, Josep Tabernero, Jiří Tomášek, Ian Chau, Bohuslav Melichar, Howard Safran, Mustapha A Tehfe, Dumitru Filip, Eldar Topuzov, Luis Schlittler, Anghel Adrian Udrea, William Campbell, Stephen Brincat, Michael Emig, Symantha A Melemed, Rebecca R Hozak, David Ferry, C William Caldwell, Jaffer A Ajani
BACKGROUND: Angiogenesis inhibition is an important strategy for cancer treatment. Ramucirumab, a human IgG1 monoclonal antibody that targets VEGF receptor 2 (VEGFR2), inhibits VEGF-A, -C, -D binding and endothelial cell proliferation. To attempt to identify prognostic and predictive biomarkers, retrospective analyses were used to assess tumour (HER2, VEGFR2) and serum (VEGF-C and -D, and soluble (s) VEGFR1 and 3) biomarkers in phase 3 REGARD patients with metastatic gastric/gastroesophageal junction carcinoma...
October 11, 2016: British Journal of Cancer
Norikazu Masuda, Hiroji Iwata, Kenjiro Aogi, Yihuan Xu, Ayman Ibrahim, Ling Gao, Rita Dalal, Reigetsu Yoshikawa, Yasutsuna Sasaki
OBJECTIVE: The primary objective of this study was to investigate the safety and tolerability and to confirm the recommended dose of the anti-vascular endothelial growth factor receptor 2 monoclonal antibody ramucirumab in combination with docetaxel in Japanese patients with metastatic/locally advanced breast cancer. METHODS: In this multicenter, single-arm, Phase Ib trial, eligibility criteria included: 20 years or older, Eastern Cooperative Oncology Group performance status of 0/1 and confirmed diagnosis of human epidermal growth factor receptor 2-negative metastatic/locally recurrent inoperable breast adenocarcinoma...
September 8, 2016: Japanese Journal of Clinical Oncology
Marcelo Garrido
INTRODUCTION: Gastric cancer (GC) is a health problem. Platinum and fluoropyrimidine-based combinations have been established as first-line drugs used worldwide. However, there are no other options for treatment if first-line therapy fails. Therefore, second-line treatment options are needed. Targeted therapies have optimized the results of chemotherapy, specifically trastuzumab as a first-line and ramucirumab in second-line. AREAS COVERED: Vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) and VEGF receptor-2 (VEGFR-2) are involved in the pathogenesis of GC...
October 2016: Expert Review of Anticancer Therapy
Corey J Langer, Coleman Obasaju, Paul Bunn, Philip Bonomi, David Gandara, Fred R Hirsch, Edward S Kim, Ronald B Natale, Silvia Novello, Luis Paz-Ares, Maurice Pérol, Martin Reck, Suresh S Ramalingam, Craig H Reynolds, Mark A Socinski, David R Spigel, Heather Wakelee, Carlos Mayo, Nick Thatcher
Squamous cell lung cancer (sqCLC) is an aggressive form of cancer that poses many therapeutic challenges. Patients tend to be older, present at a later stage, and have a high incidence of comorbidities, which can compromise treatment delivery and exacerbate toxicity. In addition, certain agents routinely available for nonsquamous cell histologic subtypes, such as bevacizumab and pemetrexed, are contraindicated or lack efficacy in sqCLC. Therapeutic progress has been much slower for advanced sqCLC, with median survival times of approximately 9 to 11 months in most studies...
August 26, 2016: Journal of Thoracic Oncology
R Obermannová, E Van Cutsem, T Yoshino, G Bodoky, J Prausová, R Garcia-Carbonero, T Ciuleanu, P Garcia Alfonso, D Portnoy, A Cohn, K Yamazaki, P Clingan, S Lonardi, T W Kim, L Yang, F Nasroulah, J Tabernero
BACKGROUND: The RAISE phase 3 clinical trial demonstrated that ramucirumab+FOLFIRI improved overall survival (OS) (hazard ratio [HR]=0.844, p=0.0219) and progression-free survival (PFS) (HR=0.793, p<0.0005) compared to placebo+FOLFIRI for second-line metastatic colorectal carcinoma (mCRC) patients previously treated with first-line bevacizumab, oxaliplatin, and a fluoropyrimidine. Since some patient or disease characteristics could be associated with differential efficacy or safety, prespecified subgroup analyses were undertaken...
August 29, 2016: Annals of Oncology: Official Journal of the European Society for Medical Oncology
Esther Legaria Gaztambide, Amparo Lucena Campillo, Francisco José Hidalgo Correas, Benito García Díaz
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July 2016: Farmacia Hospitalaria
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