Category Archives: Research

Update on Novartis and Ariad trials

As of Dec. 6, 2016 Novartis and Ariad announced research updates In Phase III study by Novartis on Zykadia® (ceritinib) as a first-line treatment, they found a 45% reduction in the risk of disease progression. The study found a median progression free survival … Continue reading

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Abstract 9007 on Brigatinib update

The initial write up of the abstract 9007 was posted on May 19. This update covers about 3 more months of data and brain mets. Arm A (90 mg) median Progression Free Survival (PFS) increased from 8.8 months to 9.2 … Continue reading

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Outcomes for ALK+ patients

Abstract e20550 is from Spain and involves 49 patients. Patients took 6 different ALK inhibitors. The abstract concluded “ALK+ patients who received targeted agents have prolonged survival despite brain metastases…. ALK inhibitors improve intracranial response rate and survival.”

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Discontinuing Crizotinib treatment

Abstract e20610 is from Canada and covers 97 patients. Post Crizotinib treatment 43% received Ceritinib, 20% received chemo and 37% received no additional treatment. Median overall survival was: 0.9 months for those who received no additional treatment, 7.6 months for … Continue reading

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Brain mets

Abstract 9063 combines data from two trials on Alectinib. There were 225 patients. The conclusion reached was that “Alectinib is effective in patients with baseline CNS mets, regardless of prior radiation treatment. Based on the low incidence of CNS progressive … Continue reading

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HSP90 and Crizotinib

Abstract 9059 basically flung that administrating an HSP90 inhibitor at the same time as Crizotinib did not delay the development of resistance to Crizotinib.

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Alectinib, mutations, and liquid biopsy

Abstract 9061 pooled data from two clinical trials. 129 patients had biopsies done after Crizotinib but before Alectinib. Plasma samples were available for all 272 patients at baseline and for about 50% at progression. At baseline 13 functional ALK mutations … Continue reading

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Crizotinib and children

Abstract 11509 covers 107 pediatric patients and their tumors. ALK alterations were found in 18 of them (not all are fusion mutations). The ages ranged from 3-16 years. 7 patients were still being treated at the data cut off. At … Continue reading

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Info on Liquid biopsy

Abstract e20643 is only available online. In this trial, 10,000 solid cancer patients blood were tested by Guardian360 (a method that sequences compete exons (the part of the DNA that encodes for proteins)). Of those patients ALK fusions were detected … Continue reading

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X-396 update and info on liquid biopsy

Abstract 9056 is an update of info previously published on this site. The study involved 60 patients of whom 30 were ALK+ NSCLC. Of that 30, 19 (60%) had partial responses (PR). 8 patients were Crizotinib naive and of them … Continue reading

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