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Head & Neck Cancers

On September 14, 2023, the FDA approved new and updated indications for temozolomide (Temodar; Merck) capsules and injection, an alkylating drug, including for the adjuvant treatment of adults with newly diagnosed anaplastic astrocytoma, and for the treatment of adults with refractory anaplastic astrocytoma. The previously approved indication for the treatment of adults with newly diagnosed glioblastoma, concomitant with radiotherapy, then as maintenance treatment, remains unchanged. Read More ›

Molecular/genetic characterization has taken on greater importance in the classification of adult gliomas and in diagnostic and treatment decision-making. “These tumors are now grouped and predicated more on molecular features rather than histopathologic criteria,” said L. Burt Nabors, MD, in a presentation during the 2023 National Comprehensive Cancer Network Annual Conference. Read More ›

On March 16, 2023, the FDA approved dabrafenib (Tafinlar; Novartis) in combination with trametinib (Mekinist; Novartis) for the treatment of pediatric patients aged ≥1 year with low-grade glioma that harbors a BRAFV600E mutation and who require systemic therapy. Read More ›

Oropharyngeal cancer, which can develop at the base of the tongue, tonsils, and the middle part of the throat, is primarily caused by human papillomavirus (HPV) infection, the most common sexually transmitted virus and infection in the United States.1 Over the past 2 decades, cases of HPV-positive oropharyngeal squamous-cell carcinoma (OPSCC) have been increasing at an alarming rate among men in the United States.2,3 According to the American Cancer Society, approximately 54,000 cases of oropharyngeal and oral cavity cancer will be diagnosed in the United States in 2021, and more than 10,000 individuals will die from the disease.4 OPSCC is often diagnosed at an advanced stage, resulting in increased mortality and morbidity. Read More ›

The human papillomavirus (HPV) has changed the field of head and neck cancer, and HPV now causes a growing majority (70%-90%) of oropharyngeal squamous-cell carcinomas. As its incidence is rising in the United States, so is patient curiosity about what sets this cancer apart from other malignancies. Read More ›

  • Xospata Extends Overall Survival in Patients with FLT3 Mutation–Positive Relapsed or Refractory Acute Myeloid Leukemia
  • Published Results from KEYNOTE-048 Trial Show Extended Survival with Keytruda Advanced Head and Neck Cancers
  • Discussing Costs of Genomic Testing with Patients
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