People with Advanced Thyroid Cancer in Germany and Austria Now Able to Benefit from New Thyroid Cancer Treatment Lenvima

Publicado 01/07/2015 1:02:56CET

Two recent subanalyses from the SELECT study have been presented at the Endocrine Society Congress 2015 (ENDO). The first reports the results of the open-label extension phase of SELECT and aims to assess the crossover of patients in the placebo arm to the optional open-label lenvatinib treatment period. The results highlight that patients who crossed over from the placebo arm achieved a median PFS of 12.4 months with open-label lenvatinib treatment. Although toxicities were substantial, these were generally managed with medications, dose interruption, and dose reductions.[11]

The second abstract examines the relationship between thyroid abnormalities and their effect on the safety and efficacy outcomes in SELECT. The analysis shows that although an increase in thyroid-stimulating hormone (TSH) levels was a frequent complication, its direct relationship to lenvatinib therapy has not been established and there is no evidence TSH levels affect tumour responses to lenvatinib treatment.[12]

About Thyroid Cancer 

Thyroid cancer refers to cancer that forms in the tissues of the thyroid gland, located at the base of the throat near the trachea.[13] It is more common in women than in men and most are in their 40s or 50s at time of diagnosis.[14]

Thyroid cancer affects more than 52,000 people in Europe each year.[7] The incidence of thyroid cancer has increased significantly in the last decade by 69% and 65% in men and women, respectively.[15] The most common types of thyroid cancer, papillary and follicular (including Hurthle cell), are classified as differentiated thyroid cancer (DTC) and account for approximately 85-90% of all cases.[16],[17],[18] The remaining cases are classified as either medullary (3-4% of cases)[19] or anaplastic (1-2% of cases).[17],[18]

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Date of preparation: June 2015   

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