The latest medical research on Oncology

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Management of leptomeningeal metastases in non-small cell lung cancer.

Indian Journal of Cancer

In leptomeningeal metastasis (LM), malignant lung cancer cells reach the sanctuary site of the leptomeningeal space through haematogenous or lympha...

Adverse effects of immuno-oncology drugs-Awareness, diagnosis, and management: A literature review of immune-mediated adverse events.

Indian Journal of Cancer

Immuno-oncology (IO) approaches such as cytokine therapy, immune-checkpoint blockers (ICBs), cancer vaccines, and cell-based therapies have revolut...

Molecularly targeted therapies in non-small cell lung cancer: The evolving role of tyrosine kinase inhibitors.

Indian Journal of Cancer

Non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) is a major subtype of lung cancer. Patients with NSCLC are diagnosed at a locally advanced or metastatic stage w...

Management of CNS metastases in patients with EGFR mutation-positive NSCLC.

Indian Journal of Cancer

Central nervous system (CNS) metastases are a frequent and severe complication associated with epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR)-mutated non-...

Mainstreaming genetic counseling for BRCA testing into oncology clinics - Indian perspective.

Indian Journal of Cancer

BReastCAncer (BRCA) susceptibility genes BRCA1 and BRCA2 are mainly associated with hereditary breast and ovarian cancer (HBOC) syndrome and presen...

Stereotactic Radiosurgery for Non-Functioning Pituitary Adenomas: Meta-Analysis and International Society of Stereotactic Radiosurgery (ISRS) Practice Opinion.


This systematic review reports on outcomes and toxicities following stereotactic radiosurgery (SRS) for non-functioning pituitary adenomas (NFAs) and presents consensus opinions regarding appropriate patient management.

Using the PRISMA guidelines, a systematic review was performed from articles of ≥10 patients with NFAs published prior to May 2018 from the Medline database using the key words: "radiosurgery" and "pituitary" and/or "adenoma." Weighted random effects models were used to calculate pooled outcome estimates.

Of the 678 abstracts reviewed, 35 full-text articles were included describing the outcomes of 2671 patients treated between 1971-2017 with either single fraction SRS or hypofractionated stereotactic radiotherapy (HSRT). All studies were retrospective (level IV evidence). SRS was used in 27 studies (median dose: 15 Gy, Range: 5-35 Gy) and HSRT in 8 studies (median total dose: 21 Gy, range: 12-25 Gy, delivered in 3-5 fractions). The 5-year random effects local control estimate after SRS was 94% (95% CI: 93.0-96.0%) and 97.0% (95% CI: 93.0-98.0%) after HSRT. The 10-year local control random effects estimate after SRS was 83.0% (95% CI, 77.0%-88.0%). Post-SRS hypopituitarism was the most common treatment-related toxicity observed, with a random effects estimate of 21.0% (95% CI: 15.0%-27.0%), whereas visual dysfunction or other cranial nerve injuries were uncommon (range: 0-7%).

SRS is an effective and safe treatment for patients with NFAs. Encouraging short-term data support HSRT for select patients, and mature outcomes are needed before definitive recommendations can be made. Clinical practice opinions were developed on behalf of the International Stereotactic Radiosurgery Society (ISRS).

Anti-PD-L1 antibody direct activation of macrophages contributes to a radiation-induced abscopal response in glioblastoma.


Most glioblastoma recurrences occur near prior radiation treatment sites. Future clinical success will require achieving and optimizing an 'abscopal effect', whereby un-irradiated neoplastic cells outside treatment sites are recognized and attacked by the immune system. Radiation combined with anti-PD-L1 demonstrated modest efficacy in phase II human glioblastoma clinical trials, but the mechanism and relevance of the abscopal effect during this response remains unknown.

We modified an immune-competent, genetically-driven mouse glioma model (forced PDGF expression + PTEN loss) where a portion of the tumor burden is irradiated (PDGF) and another un-irradiated luciferase expressing tumor (PDGF+Luciferase) is used as a readout of the abscopal effect following systemic anti-PD-L1 immunotherapy. We assessed relevance of tumor neoepitope during the abscopal response by inducing expression of EGFRvIII (PDGF+EGFRvIII). Statistical tests were two-sided.

Following radiation of one lesion, anti-PD-L1 immunotherapy enhanced the abscopal response to the un-irradiated lesion. In PDGF-driven gliomas without tumor neoepitope (PDGF+Luciferase, n=8), the abscopal response occurred via anti-PD-L1-driven, ERK-mediated, bone marrow-derived macrophage phagocytosis of adjacent un-irradiated tumor cells, with modest survival implications (median survival 41 days vs. radiation alone 37.5 days, P=.03). In PDGF-driven gliomas with tumor neoepitope (PDGF+EGFRvIII, n=8), anti-PD-L1-enhanced abscopal response was associated with macrophage and T-cell infiltration and increased survival benefit (median survival 36 days vs. radiation alone 28 days, P=.001).

Our results indicate that anti-PD-L1 immunotherapy enhances a radiation induced abscopal response via canonical T-cell activation and direct macrophage activation in glioblastoma.

Brain metastasis.

Nature Reviews Cancer

Brain metastasis, which commonly arises in patients with lung cancer, breast cancer and melanoma, is associated with poor survival outcomes and pos...

Fluids and their mechanics in tumour transit: shaping metastasis.

Nature Reviews Cancer

Metastasis is a dynamic succession of events involving the dissemination of tumour cells to distant sites within the body, ultimately reducing the ...

INTELLANCE 2/EORTC 1410 randomized phase II study of Depatux-M alone and with temozolomide vs temozolomide or lomustine in recurrent EGFRamplified glioblastoma.


Depatux-M is a tumor-specific antibody-drug-conjugate consisting of an antibody (ABT-806) directed against the activated Epithelial Growth Factor Receptor (EGFR) and the toxin monomethylauristatin-F. We investigated Depatux-M in combination with temozolomide or as single agent in a randomized controlled phase II trial in recurrent EGFR amplified glioblastoma.

Eligible were patients with centrally confirmed EGFR amplified glioblastoma at first recurrence after chemo-irradiation with temozolomide. Patients were randomized to either Depatux-M 1.25 mg/kg every 2 weeks intravenously, or this treatment combined with temozolomide 150-200 mg/m2 day 1-5 every 4 weeks, or either lomustine or temozolomide. The primary endpoint of the study was overall survival.

260 patients were randomized. In the primary efficacy analysis with 199 events (median follow-up 15.0 months) the hazard ratio (HR) for the combination arm compared to the control arm was 0.71, 95% CI [0.50, 1.02]; p = 0.062. The efficacy of Depatux-M monotherapy was comparable to that of the control arm (HR =1.04, 95%CI [0.73, 1.48]; p = 0.83). The most frequent toxicity in Depatux-M treated patients was a reversible corneal epitheliopathy, occurring as grade 3-4 in 25-30% of patients. In the long-term follow-up analysis with median follow-up of 28,7 months the HR for the comparison of the combination arm versus the control arm was 0.66 (95%CI [0.48, 0.93].

This trial suggests a possible role for the use of Depatux-M in combination with temozolomide in EGFR amplified recurrent glioblastoma, especially in patients relapsing well after the end of first-line adjuvant temozolomide treatment. (NCT02343406).

ΔNp73/ETS2 complex drives glioblastoma pathogenesis- targeting downstream mediators by rebastinib prolongs survival in preclinical models of glioblastoma.


Glioblastoma (GBM) remains one of the least successfully treated cancers. It is essential to understand the basic biology of this lethal disease and investigate novel pharmacological targets to treat GBM. The aims of this study were to determine the biological consequences of elevated expression of ΔNp73, an N-terminal truncated isoform of TP73, and to evaluate targeting of its downstream mediators, the angiopoietin 1 (ANGPT1)/tunica interna endothelial cell kinase 2 (Tie2) axis, by using a highly potent, orally available small-molecule inhibitor (rebastinib) in GBM.

ΔNp73 expression was assessed in glioma sphere cultures, xenograft glioblastoma tumors, and glioblastoma patients by western blot, quantitative reverse transcription PCR, and immunohistochemistry. Immunoprecipitation, chromatin immunoprecipitation (ChiP) and sequential ChIP were performed to determine the interaction between ΔNp73 and E26 transformation-specific (ETS) proto-oncogene 2 (ETS2) proteins. The oncogenic consequences of ΔNp73 expression in glioblastomas were examined by in vitro and in vivo experiments, including orthotopic zebrafish and mouse intracranial-injection models. Effects of rebastinib on growth of established tumors and survival were examined in an intracranial-injection mouse model.

ΔNp73 upregulates both ANGPT1 and Tie2 transcriptionally through ETS conserved binding sites on the promoters by interacting with ETS2. Elevated expression of ΔNp73 promotes tumor progression by mediating angiogenesis and survival. Therapeutic targeting of downstream ΔNp73 signaling pathways by rebastinib inhibits growth of established tumors and extends survival in preclinical models of glioblastoma.

Aberrant expression of ΔNp73 in GBM promotes tumor progression through autocrine and paracrine signaling dependent on Tie2 activation by ANGPT1. Disruption of this signaling by rebastinib improves tumor response to treatment in glioblastoma.

Antimicrobial therapy in the context of the Damage-response framework: The prospect of optimizing therapy by reducing host damage.

Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy

By design, antimicrobial agents act directly on microbial targets. These drugs aim to eliminate microbes and are remarkably effective against susce...