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European Commission Approves Talzenna for Patients with Inherited BRCA-Mutated Locally Advanced or Metastatic Breast Cancer

The European Commission approved Pfizer Inc.’s Talzenna (talazoparib), an oral polypolymerase inhibitor, as monotherapy for the treatment of adult patients with germline breast cancer susceptibility gene 1/2-mutations who have human epidermal growth factor receptor 2-negative locally advanced or metastatic breast cancer.

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AstraZeneca’s Lynparza gets EU nod as first-line ovarian cancer maintenance treatment

Lynparza was approved as a first-line maintenance treatment for a type of advanced ovarian cancer by the European Commission.

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Rare Cancer Treatments and the Power of Checkpoint Inhibitors Among Hot Topics at ASCO

With the books closed on another ASCO meeting, it’s clear to see that checkpoint inhibitors keep showing a promise.

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Amgen drug shows high response rate in small lung and colon cancer trial

An experimental Amgen Inc. drug that targets a specific genetic mutation significantly reduced tumor size in half of evaluated patients with advanced lung cancer in a small, early-stage trial, sending the U.S. biotechnology company’s share up nearly 6 percent.

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Lynparza stalls pancreatic cancer in patients with BRCA mutations: study

AstraZeneca and Merck & Co.’s Lynparza helped patients with advanced pancreatic cancer who carry BRCA gene mutations go nearly twice as long without their disease worsening than those who received a placebo, according to data from a late-stage clinical trial.

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Novartis’ breast cancer treatment wins FDA approval

The FDA approved Novartis AG’s Piqray in combination with a hormone therapy for postmenopausal women, as well as for men, with a form of advanced breast cancer.

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Researchers ID How Common Liver Cancer Mutation Changes Cells

Researchers with the Hubrecht Institute in Utrecht, Netherlands and Radboud University in Nijmegen, Netherlands, developed a human model using organoids to evaluate the function of specific genes commonly mutated in liver cancer.

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Agios Pharma’s Tibsovo Shows Positive Results in Phase III for Another Cancer Indication

Cambridge, Mass.-based Agios Pharmaceuticals announced that Tibsovo (ivosidenib) hit the primary endpoint in the Phase III ClarIDHy trial in patients with cholangiocarcinoma with an isocitrate dehydrogenase 1 mutation.

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Johnson & Johnson wins U.S. FDA approval for bladder cancer drug

Johnson & Johnson’s drug Balversa won U.S. approval as the first targeted therapy for advanced bladder cancer, the Food and Drug Administration announced.

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Lynparza meets main goal in pancreatic cancer study

AstraZeneca Plc said the British drugmaker’s cancer drug being jointly developed with U.S.-based Merck & Co. met the primary goal in a late-stage study for a rare type of pancreatic cancer.

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