Pancreatic cancer has the lowest survival rate of the most common cancers as less than 10 percent of patients survive longer than five years, largely due to most cases being diagnosed at a late stage. A collaboration between NovoCure and Roche hopes to improve those odds.

Stephen Byers, Ph.D., associate director and professor of oncology at Georgetown Lombardi, and his team published a paper in the journal Gastroenterology regarding their findings of a novel target for pancreatic cancer therapy.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration placed a clinical hold on patient enrollment and dosing in an early-stage trial of the Bellicum Pharmaceuticals’ cancer treatment BPX-601, after the death of a patient.

A dual treatment approach consisting of gemcitabine combined with AB Science’s highly selective tyrosine kinase inhibitor masitinib was associated with significant increases in survival among patients with pancreatic cancer and pain, according to recently announced results from a confirmatory Phase III study.

Paris-based Ipsen secured Fast Track designation from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for Onivyde (irinotecan liposome injection) for study patients with small cell lung cancer (SCLC) who progressed following a first-line platinum-based regimen.

A study published in the Nov. 2 edition of Cell suggests that pancreatic cancer cells avoid starvation by signaling to nerves, which encourages them to grow into dense tumors and release the nutrients the cells need to survive.

Britain’s AstraZeneca clinched expanded regulatory backing for two medications, including one for the blockbuster cancer treatment Lynparza, in a development pipeline that now includes a possible coronavirus vaccine.

Oncology is one of the most exciting areas in healthcare, as novel therapies continue to emerge that move forward our molecular understanding of the disease and offer effective treatment advances. This Q&A explores oncology innovation with Kantar’s Stephanie Hawthorne, Vice President of Oncology and Specialty Therapeutics.

Rafael Pharmaceuticals Inc. reached an enrollment milestone of more than 250 patients in the company’s pivotal Phase 3 clinical trial for metastatic pancreatic cancer (AVENGER 500), which is evaluating the efficacy and safety of Rafael’s lead compound CPI-613 (devimistat) in combination with modified FOLFIRINOX (mFFX) as first-line therapy.

AstraZeneca and Merck’s ovarian cancer drug Lynparza received U.S. regulatory approval for the treatment of advanced pancreatic cancer.