Gastrointestinal Cancer

FDA Approves Frontline Pembrolizumab for HER2+ Gastric, GEJ Cancer

May 05, 2021

The FDA granted an accelerated approval to pembrolizumab plus trastuzumab, fluoropyrimidine- and platinum-containing chemotherapy for the frontline treatment of patients with locally advanced unresectable or metastatic HER2-positive gastric or gastroesophageal junction adenocarcinoma.

Immunotherapy Regimen Continues to Improve GI Treatment

April 29, 2021

With immunotherapy options expanding for patients with a range of gastrointestinal cancers to include combination strategies with chemotherapy, their use in the treatment course should come sooner rather than later for those with high PD-L1 expression.

FDA Authorizes Marketing for AI Colon Cancer Detection Device

April 12, 2021

The FDA has authorized the marketing of the first device that utilizes artificial intelligence based on machine learning to help clinicians detect lesions like polyps or suspected tumors in the colon in real time during a colonoscopy.

FDA Approves Additional Cetuximab Dose for KRAS Wild-Type, EGFR-Expressing CRC, Head and Neck Cancer

April 07, 2021

The FDA has approved a new biweekly dosing regimen of 500 mg/m2 as a 120-minute intravenous infusion for cetuximab (Erbitux) for patients with KRAS wild-type, EGFR-expressing colorectal cancer or squamous cell carcinoma of the head and neck.

Research Will Reveal Optimal Drug Sequencing in Pancreatic Cancer

April 05, 2021

Optimizing first- and second-line therapy, understanding the role of maintenance therapy for patients with BRCA-positive disease, and developing improved therapeutic options for elderly patients has become a priority for research in metastatic pancreatic cancer.

Immunotherapy Enters Gastroesophageal and Gastric Cancers

March 25, 2021

Namrata (Neena) Vijayvergia, MD, discusses the emerging role of immunotherapy in resectable and metastatic esophageal and gastric cancers, as well as key nuances that could complicate these agents’ utility in clinical practice.

New Treatment Methods Launch a Shift in CRC Treatment

March 13, 2021

Tony Philip, MD, provides insight into the utility of ctDNA in the early-stage setting, trials that could determine its role in clinical practice, and detailed the shift toward nonoperative and less-intensive interventions in the early-stage and advanced settings, respectively.