Well, after just getting back from the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) meeting in Chicago, I’m heading off to Europe for the European Hematology Association (EHA) meeting – no rest for the wicked!
ASCO was a rather flat meeting this year – the stars were undoubtedly the imatinib 36 vs 12 month data in adjuvant GIST (clearly superior) and Roche/Plexxikon/Daiichi Sankyo’s vemurafenib in BRAF V600E metastatic melanoma. The ipilimumab data was strangely disappointing in the upfront setting – only 2 months improvement in survival when added to DTIC.
On the Sarcoma front, the catch-all nature of the study came back to haunt Merck with an improvement in PFS but no overall survival benefit for ridaforolimus as maintenance therapy after 1-3 cycles of chemotherapy. That filing will likely result in a highly charged ODAC meeting debating the merits of some awkward results.
Ovarian cancer data was a mixed bag – olaparib continues to look promising in this setting, although the Avastin OCEANS data caught a few people by surprise – yet another PFS endpoint met but no overall benefit in survival and the expected incidence in bowel perforations. I think this will likely be reserved for high risk women, if used.
There was a lot of interesting/promising data in phase II, which are too numerous to mention right now – check back as I will be adding some notes on some of the emerging compounds that I liked.
Meanwhile, I’m aggregating the tweets from the hematology meeting using the #EHA11 hashtag – you can track them in the widget below if interested in following along remotely. Most of the tweets from me will likely be on leukemias, lymphomas and multiple myeloma.