In an interview with i3 Health, Mark A. Socinski, MD, shares insights regarding the recent FDA approval of atezolizumab (Tecentriq®, Genentech, Inc.) in combination with carboplatin/paclitaxel/bevacizumab for patients with previously untreated metastatic nonsquamous, non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) without EGFR or ALK tumor mutations. Dr. Socinski, Executive Medical Director and Medical Oncologist at the Florida Hospital Cancer Institute, was the lead researcher on the IMpower150 trial (NCT02366143), which served as the basis for the FDA approval.
Brain and spinal cord tumors are the second most common cancers in children, accounting for 1 out of 4 childhood cancers. Despite intensive treatment, children with histologically diagnosed high-risk medulloblastoma, supratentorial primitive neuroectodermal tumor of the central nervous system (CNS-PNET), and pineoblastoma (PBL) continue to have suboptimal outcomes. James M. Olson, MD, PhD, Professor of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology at University of Washington School of Medicine, and colleagues found that molecular profiling of patients with CNS-PNET/PBL revealed a significant proportion of patients were initially misdiagnosed and consequently overtreated and that other patients have a better prognosis than previously realized. i3 Health spoke with Dr. Olson about these findings and their implications for pediatric brain tumor practice.