In the race to find new ways to prevent and treat COVID-19, the Canadian Cancer Trials Group (CCTG) has launched an innovative clinical trial focussed on strengthening the immune system for one of the most vulnerable populations – cancer patients.
The trial is called CCTG IC.8: Immunization With IMM-101 vs Observation for Prevention of Respiratory and Severe COVID-19 Related Infections in Cancer Patients at Increased Risk of Exposure (COV-IMMUNO). IMM-101 is a preparation of safe, heat-killed bacteria that broadly stimulates the innate, or “first-response,” arm of the immune system. Researchers hope that boosting cancer patients’ immune systems with IMM-101 will protect them from developing severe COVID-19 and other dangerous lung infections.
ENZAMET | CCTG PR17 (NCT02446405) study has been highlighted by the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) 2020 annual report as a major advance in cancer treatment. The results were first presented at ASCO 2019, the trial demonstrated that hormone therapy with a drug called enzalutamide can improve the survival of some men with advanced, hormone‐sensitive prostate cancer.
Prof Annette Hay speaks to ecancer at the ASH 2019 meeting in Orlando about accrual barriers and detection of early toxicity signal in older, less-fit patients treated with azacitidine and nivolumab for newly diagnosed acute myeloid leukaemia (AML) or high-risk myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS). Prof Hay says that AML and MDS are typically diseases of older people, yet these patients are poorly represented in clinical trials.
Fulvestrant and Ipatasertib for Advanced/Metastatic HER-2 Negative and Estrogen Receptor Positive (ER+) Breast Cancer Following Progression on First Line CDK 4/6 Inhibitor and Aromatase Inhibitor (FINER)
Today we think about cancer in terms of the tumour site—breast, lung, colon, brain, each is separate with different treatments. Precision medicine is a new way of looking at cancer. Instead of focusing on the site of the cancer, it identifies the genetic abnormalities that make cancer possible in individual patients.
Canadian Cancer Research Alliance has announced the recipients of their 2017 awards: former CCTG Director, Dr. Elizabeth Eisenhauer will recieve the Exceptional Leadership in Cancer Research award and Ms. Judy Needham will receive the Exceptional Leadership in Patient Involvement in Cancer award.