Kantar Health Blog

  • Opdivo Shows Appetite for Gastric Cancer

    by Jay Grisolano | Jan 20, 2017
    Jay Grisolano
    Oncology Conference Insight: ASCO GI 2017 --- Before Cyramza® (ramucirumab, Eli Lilly and Co) was approved by the FDA in 2014, there were no targeted therapy regimens approved for use in relapsed/refractory gastric cancer. Cyramza’s approval as a monotherapy or in combination with paclitaxel after prior fluoropyrimidine- or platinum-containing systemic therapy was based on the positive results of two Phase III studies in relapsed gastric patients.
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  • Jay Grisolano
    Oncology Conference Insight: ASH 2016 --- Immunotherapies such as checkpoint inhibitors have had a dramatic impact on treatment paradigms for many tumor types over the past few years, and their full potential is far from being realized. Hot on the heels of checkpoint inhibitors are engineered, adoptive T-cell therapies that represent another promising advancement.
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  • GALLIUM turns Gazyva into gold in NHL

    by Jay Grisolano | Dec 5, 2016
    Jay Grisolano
    Oncology Conference Insight: ASH 2016 --- In the management of non-Hodgkin lymphoma (NHL), Rituxan-based therapy forms the foundation for therapy in all settings. This holds true for most subtypes of NHL, including follicular lymphoma, mantle cell lymphoma, and diffuse B-cell lymphoma. While Rituxan-based therapy is highly effective and leads to improvement in survival rates, patients are rarely cured, and relapse is common, occurring in about 20-30% of patients.
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  • Jay Grisolano
    We are in a unique time within cancer therapy, where significant resources are being used to develop drugs that target the immune system to fight cancer. Now we embark on a new endeavor in which most of the work is not discovering novel agents but developing a better understanding how to improve the use of therapies we have available.
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  • Jay Grisolano
    Oncology Conference Insight: ASCO 2016 --- The pace of treatment in metastatic melanoma has significantly accelerated in the past couple of years. What was once a disease beset by toxic and largely ineffective treatments now enjoys a number of effective agents that have reduced the mortality of this aggressive disease.
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