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Seattle Genetics, Astellas drug rapidly shrinks tumors in bladder cancer study

An experimental drug developed by Seattle Genetics Inc. and Astellas Pharma Inc. led to significant, rapid tumor shrinkage in patients with advanced bladder cancer who had been previously treated with immunotherapy and chemotherapy in a midstage trial, according to presented data.

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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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Nektar, Bristol combo drug shows signs of tumor reduction in bladder cancer patients

Nektar Therapeutics said some patients with advanced bladder cancer treated with a combination of the company’s experimental treatment and Bristol-Myers Squibb’s immunotherapy Opdivo showed signs of tumor reduction in an early-stage study.

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Roche’s lung cancer combo treatment wins FDA approval

Roche Holding AG’s Tecentriq immunotherapy in combination with Avastin and chemotherapy won U.S. Food and Drug Administration approval as a first-line treatment for a type of lung cancer.

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Roche’s Tecentriq wins speedy U.S. FDA review for small cell lung cancer

Swiss group Roche Holding AG said the company’s Tecentriq immunotherapy mixed with chemotherapy won priority review from the U.S. regulator for treating a type of lung cancer, a potential boost to the drug that has been trailing rivals’ revenues.

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AstraZeneca’s Farxiga curbs heart failure, kidney risks

The largest clinical trial so far to assess a new class of diabetes pills shows that AstraZeneca’s Farxiga can prevent heart failure and cut the risk of kidney problems in a broad range of patients.

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First major study comparing robotic to open surgery published in The Lancet

The first comprehensive study comparing the outcomes of robotic surgery to those of traditional open surgery in any organ found that the surgeries are equally effective in treating bladder cancer.

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UroGen to start mid-stage bladder cancer trial

UroGen Pharma plans to begin a mid-stage trial of the company’s treatment for bladder cancer patients after positive interim results from an advanced trial of a treatment for upper urinary tract cancer.

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EMA recommends restrictions on Merck, Roche immunotherapies

The European Medicines Agency recommended restricting use of two immunotherapies – one from Roche and the other from Merck – in initial bladder cancer treatment, saying they may not work as well as chemotherapy in some patients.

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Sesen Bio Shares Plunge Despite Reporting Positive Interim Phase III Results

Shares of newly dubbed Sesen Bio plunged 23 percent after the company released positive, three-month data from its ongoing Phase III high-grade non-muscle invasive bladder cancer trial.

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