ASCO 2016 Annual Meeting

Adding Temozolomide to Radiotherapy Improves Survival in Elderly Patients With Newly Diagnosed Glioblastoma

The addition of temozolomide to standard short-course radiation therapy significantly improved both overall and progression-free survival in elderly patients with newly diagnosed glioblastoma, results from the first study to test this combination in this age group concluded in a plenary presentation at the ASCO 2016 Annual Meeting.

Nimotuzumab + Radiotherapy Less Toxic Than Cisplatin + Radiotherapy for Stage III/IVB Nasopharyngeal Cancer

Patients with locally advanced nasopharyngeal cancer concurrently treated with nimotuzumab and radiotherapy had similar rates of progression-free and overall survival to those treated with cisplatin and radiotherapy, but with significantly fewer GI and hematologic toxicities, according to phase 3 trial results presented at the ASCO 2016 Annual Meeting.

Cisplatin, Cetuximab Show Similar Locoregional Control in Unresectable Head and Neck Cancer

Survival results from the first randomized phase 3 trial to compare cisplatin-radiotherapy with cetuximab-radiotherapy after induction chemotherapy in patients with locally advanced unresectable head and neck cancer remain inconclusive, with both arms showing good locoregional control, greater than 50% at 3 years, attendees at the ASCO 2016 Annual Meeting were told.

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