A new study helps quantify the improved protection against Covid-19 achieved with a third booster dose of the vaccine from Pfizer Inc. and BioNTech SE in cancer patients who are undergoing chemotherapy.

Companies presented very promising data for treating lung cancer at European Society of Medical Oncology (ESMO) Congress 2021.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved Takeda Pharmaceutical Company Limited’s Exkivity (mobocertinib) for the treatment of adult patients with locally advanced or metastatic non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) with epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) exon 20 insertion mutations as detected by an FDA-approved test, whose disease has progressed on or after platinum-based chemotherapy.

In MacroGenics’ SOPHIA Phase III study in adults with metastatic HER2-positive breast cancer, the biopharmaceutical company’s Margenza plus chemotherapy failed to show a statistically significant advantage when compared to trastuzumab plus chemotherapy in the intent-to-treat population.

Junshi Biosciences announced that the Phase III clinical trial the Chinese pharmaceutical company is conducting alongside California-based Coherus BioSciences on a potential non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) drug is showing positive preliminary results. 

Daiichi Sankyo and AstraZeneca reported positive topline data from their head-to-head DESTINY-Breast-03 Phase III trial for Enhertu versus trastuzumab emtansine (T-DM1) in patients with HER2 positive metastatic breast cancer.

Findings from the Phase III EMPOWER-Lung 3 trial, announced Aug. 5 by Regeneron Pharmaceuticals and Sanofi, show that a combination regimen comprising the PD-1 inhibitor Libtayo and platinum-doublet chemotherapy significantly improved overall survival compared with chemotherapy alone in patients with metastatic or locally advanced non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC).

Fennec Pharmaceuticals resubmitted the company’s New Drug Application (NDA) to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for the pediatric chemotherapy-induced hearing loss prevention drug Pedmark.

Biotech firm Beigene Ltd. said on May 21 the company’s cancer therapy, tislelizumab, in combination with chemotherapy met the main goal of helping patients live longer by preventing the disease from progressing in a late-stage study.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved Bristol Myers Squibb’s Opdivo (nivolumab, injection for intravenous use) for the adjuvant treatment of completely resected esophageal or gastroesophageal junction (GEJ) cancer with residual pathologic disease in patients who have received neoadjuvant chemoradiotherapy (CRT).