With checkpoint inhibitors emerging as potential treatment approaches for advanced renal cell carcinoma, combining or sequencing them with vascular endothelial growth factor receptor (VEGFR)-tyrosine kinase inhibitors (TKIs) may reduce or delay disease progression, according to a recent review. Preliminary evidence suggests that VEGFR-TKIs can reverse immunosuppressive effects in the tumor microenvironment, potentially enhancing the effects of subsequent immunotherapy with checkpoint inhibitors. The authors discuss the potential role of first-line VEGFR-TKIs in priming the tumor microenvironment for immunotherapy.
Tannir N, Hammers H, Amin A. Impact of comorbidities on functional recovery from partial nephrectomy. [Published online ahead of print February 1, 2018]. Curr Med Res Opin. doi:10.1080/03007995.2018.1423960.
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Must Reads in Renal Cell Carcinoma
Obesity tied to higher risk of clear cell RCC, Callahan CL et al. Cancer Epidemiol. 2018 Jul 18. doi: 10.1016/j.canep.2018.07.002
Partial nephrectomy for localized RCC, Cahn D et al. AUA Annual Meeting, Abstract PD07-04
RFA for small renal tumors holds up over long term, Johnson B et al. J Urol. 2018. doi: 10.1016/j.juro.2018.08.045
Pazopanib active in von Hippel-Lindau disease neoplasms, Jonasch E et al. Lancet Oncol. 2018 Sep 17. doi: 10.1016/S1470-2045(18)30487-X
Improved RCC survival attributed to better therapy, not earlier diagnosis, Patel HD et al. Eur Urol Oncol. 2018 Sep 25. doi: 10.1016/j.euo.2018.08.023