SPAEN is delighted to provide a comprehensive report of the ASCO 2012 medical highlights in GIST and Sarcomas from Dr Axel Le Cesne, Gustave Roussy Institute, Villejuif (France). Sarcomas and GIST were presented at 5 plenary and parallel sessions. These were rich in terms of innovation and therapeutic concepts, reporting study results that may have an impact on our daily practice, whether in GIST or sarcomas.
Conducting clinical trials in people with rare cancers (incl. Sarcomas) is not easy when the number in a small trial do not add up to convincing evidence. Now some researchers are pressing for a new approach - using Bayesian trial designs to make the most of available knowledge. Read more at Cancer World.
Phase III Data on Regorafenib Met Primary Endpoint Showing Significant Improvement in Progression-Free Survival (PFS) in Patients with GIST
Bayer HealthCare announced on the 4th of June 2012 data from the Phase III GRID (GIST – Regorafenib In Progressive Disease) trial evaluating its investi-gational drug Regorafenib in patients with metastatic and/or unresectable (GIST) whose disease had progressed despite prior treatment with Imatinib (Glivec®) and Sunitinib (Sutent).
EORTC is currently conducting A phase III randomized study of preoperative radiotherapy plus surgery versus surgery alone for patients with Retroperitoneal sarcomas (RPS) - STRASS. SPAEN has developed a leaflet/article explaining the STRASS study in non-technical terms with the aim to help patients and carers understand what the study might be able to offer them. This summary is not part of the study information and is not intended to replace any of the study information which is part of the informed consent process.
The annual British Sarcoma Group Conference 2012 - Personalising Treatment and Care took place in Oxfordshire from 29 February - 2 March 2012. It is the main educational and networking event for all UK healthcare professionals and allied healthcare professionals treating patients with sarcoma. It was attended by almost 200 delegates representing a wide range of disciplines including oncology, surgery, pathology, research, specialist nursing, and physiotherapy, alongside representatives from the pharmaceutical industry, patient organisations and charities.
Sarcomas are rare malignant tumors, with an overall incidence of 6/105/year. Bone and soft tissue connective tissue tumours encompass more than 50 different rare histotypes and more than 150 different molecular subtypes. The incidence of individual rare sarcomas subtypes is often less than 0.5/105/year. Given the rarity of sarcomas as a group, but even more as individual entities, few prospective clinical trials testing local or systemic treatments have been performed in specific subtypes of sarcomas. Clinical trials in specific histological and molecular subtypes of sarcoma can only be performed through integrated clinical networks, centres of clinical excellence, supported by translational analysis.
The campaign Rare Cancers Europe has been developed by ESMO in collaboration with major European stakeholders in rare cancers and rare diseases to address challenges and propose solutions to eliminate the hurdles that patients with rare cancers, researchers, medical professionals and the pharmaceutical industry working in this field face every day. Rare Cancers Europe (RCE) has been established as a partnership of cooperating organisations that work together to place the issue of rare cancers firmly on the European policy agenda, to identify and promote appropriate solutions and to exchange best practice. SPAEN has now been welcomed into the partnership initiative. http://www.rarecancerseurope.org