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Teclistamab in Relapsed or Refractory Multiple Myeloma

The Bi-specific antibody era has started full-force with impressive results and reasonable toxicities, in different hematological neoplasms. Community oncology adoption of Bi-specific antibody will be successful, once standard operating procedures are in place, and multidisciplinary training takes place insofar as management of CRS.  I am optimistic as to the uptake of this class of drugs in 1-2 years, pending payer coverage issues.

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Treatment With Adjuvant Abemaciclib Plus Endocrine Therapy in Patients With High-risk Early Breast Cancer Who Received Neoadjuvant Chemotherapy

FCS hematologist and medical oncologist James Reeves, Jr., MD co-authored a recently published study evaluating the monarchE randomized clinical trial. Findings of the study demonstrated benefits from treatment with adjuvant abemaciclib plus endocrine therapy for patients with hormone receptor–positive, ERBB2−, node-positive, and high-risk early breast cancer who received neoadjuvant chemotherapy before trial enrollment.

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Neoadjuvant Nivolumab plus Chemotherapy in Resectable Lung Cancer

This is a potential practice-changing study. Future data on overall-survival (OS) will be important to confirm results. Patient selection will also evolve over time especially in real-world practice. I presume more patients with stage II/III will get neoadjuvant therapy as opposed to a patient with a small lung nodule (stage I) taken to surgery, unless if there is significant OS for early stage patients as well.

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Impact of Co-pay Assistance on Patient, Clinical, and Economic Outcomes

Here we see a review of literature assessing the impact of patient assistance programs on outcomes broadly in cancer care. While indirect links may be drawn between the prevalence of financial toxicities and outcomes, adherence, etc., additional research studies are needed to more clearly demonstrate the tangible impact of these programs to support future investments from stakeholders.

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Low Risk of Cardiovascular Events With ADT for Prostate Cancer; Higher Risk in Older Men

The risk of major adverse cardiovascular events (MACE) following the initiation of androgen deprivation therapy (ADT) in men with prostate cancer is higher for older men compared with their younger counterparts. However, the overall MACE risk at 1 year in all age groups starting ADT is 1% or less, which is much lower than previously published reports. The findings, gleaned from analyses of U.S. electronic medical records, were presented during the virtual National Comprehensive Cancer Network 2022 Annual Meeting.

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Hospital-Administered Cancer Therapy Prices for Patients With Private Health Insurance

Analysis of 61 NCI-designated cancers demonstrate parenteral cancer drug price markups across all centers ranging between 188.4% to 633.6%. Only 27 centers publicly disclose payer-specific prices for cancer therapies as required by federal regulation. Authors recommend public policies to discourage excessive hospital price markups on patenteral chemotherapeutics to reduce financial burden on cancer treatment for patients.

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