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The Clinical and Economic Impact of Inaccurate EGFR Mutation Tests in the Treatment of Metastatic Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer

June 30, 2017 – The below citation from PubMed addresses an vey important issue associated with genetic testing in theragenomic and personalized medicine. It is the question if the genetic test used to stage, classify, or determine treatability of a disease with a given drug is accurate.

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This is it: First blood test to detect EGFR gene mutations in NSCLC

June 03, 2016 – This is a huge step in the application of theragenomic medicine in cancer patients in the quest to deliver highly individualized health care for patients. Thus, on June 01, the American Food & Drug Administration (FDA) approved the cobas EGFR Mutation Test v2,

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The use of Crizotinib (Xalkori) has been expanded to treat advanced NSCLC in the patient group who carries a ROS-1 gene alteration

March 14, 2015 – The American Food and Drug Administration (FDA) just approved Crizotinib (Xalkori) to treat the patient subpopulation with advanced (metastatic) non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) whose tumors have an ROS-1 gene alteration. Crizotinib (Xalkori) is the first and only FDA approved treatment for patients with ROS-1 positive NSCLC.

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Osimertinib (Tagrissa) approved for non-smal cell lung cancer (NSCLC) patient subgroup carrying the EGFR T790M mutation

February 07, 2016 – The European Commission has approved once-daily Osimertinib (Tagrissa) for the treatment of patients with locally advanced or metastatic non-small-cell lung cancer (NSCLC) that is positive for the epidermal growth-factor receptor (EGFR) T790M mutation. This follows a positive review in December 2015.

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Alectinib (Alecensa) approved for treatment of patients with advanced (metastatic) ALK-positive non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC)

December 12, 2015 – The American Food and Drug Administration today approved Alectinib (Alecensa) to treat people with advanced (metastatic) ALK-positive non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) whose disease has worsened after, or who could not tolerate treatment with, another therapy called Crizotinib (Xalkori).

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Theragenomic medicine: FDA approves Osimertinib (Tagrisso) to treat patients with non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) who carry the EGFR mutation T790M

November 14, 2015 – The American Food and Drug Administration (FDA) just granted accelerated approval for an oral medication to treat patients with advanced non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC). Osimertinib (Tagrisso) was approved for patients whose tumors have a specific epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) mutation (T790M) and whose disease has gotten worse after treatment with other EGFR-blocking therapy.

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Nivolumab (Opdivo) demonstrates survival benefit in squamous and non-squamous non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC)

October 11, 2015 – In recent months, Nivolumab (Opdivo), a human IgG4 anti-PD-1 monoclonal antibody which targets the PD-1 receptor, had been approved first for the treatment of unresectable  or advanced (metastatic) melanoma and secondly for the treatment of advanced (metastatic) squamous non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC).

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Remarkable: Pembrolizumab (Keytruda) now also for advanced non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC)

October 06, 2015 –  Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer death in the United States, with an estimated 221,200 new diagnoses and 158,040 deaths in 2015, according to the National Cancer Institute. Among lung cancers, non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) is the most common type of lung cancer.

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FDA Approves Companion Genetic Diagnostic Test for Erlotinib [Tarceva] in NSCLC

May 14, 2013 – The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) today announced the approval of the cobas EGFR Mutation Test, a companion diagnostic for the cancer drug Erlotinib (Tarceva). This is the first FDA-approved companion diagnostic that can detect epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) gene mutations,

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  • Researchers find genetic links to child obesity across diverse ethnic groups August 22, 2019
    An international team of researchers who analyzed data across multiple ethnicities has produced the largest genetic study to date associated with common childhood obesity. The Early Growth Genetics (EGG) Consortium discovered a robust new signal, fine-mapped previously reported genetic variants, and added to evidence that genetic influences on obesity operate across the lifespan.
  • Researchers develop model to personalize radiation treatment August 22, 2019
    A personalized approach to cancer treatment has become more common over the last several decades, with numerous targeted drugs approved to treat particular tumor types with specific mutations or patterns. However, this same personalized strategy has not translated to radiation therapy, and a one-size-fits-all approach for most patients is still common practice. Moffitt Cancer Center […]
  • How our genes and environment influence BMI and height August 22, 2019
    Environmental conditions influence our body mass index (BMI) by increasing or decreasing the effect of inherited genetic variations, University of Queensland researchers have discovered.
  • Genetic testing and family tree research are revealing painful family secrets, research says August 22, 2019
    Genealogical research and genetic testing are revealing skeletons in family closets and causing rifts among members, a new study shows.
  • Researchers use single-cell sequencing to get a better look at human embryo implantation August 22, 2019
    A team of researchers affiliated with multiple institutions in China has used single-cell sequencing to learn more about the human embryo during implantation in the uterus. In their paper published in the journal Nature, the group describes sequencing thousands of human embryo cells from before, during and after implantation, and what they learned from it.
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