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Published: 14.09.17
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Prof Richard Finn, Prof Viktor Grünwald, Prof Arndt Vogel, Prof René Adam

Prof Viktor Grünwald (Hannover Medical School, Hannover, Germany), Prof Richard Finn (Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA Medical Center, Los Angeles, USA), Prof Arndt Vogel (Hannover Medical School, Hannover, Germany), and Prof René Adam (Hôpital Paul-Brousse, Villejuif, France) discuss the key ESMO 2017 clinical highlights on managing patients with hepatocellular carcinoma, biliary tract carcinoma and renal cell carcinoma.

These 3 fields have a high unmet need and require new surgical and therapeutic approaches.

The balance of clinical endpoints in PFS and OS need to be taken into consideration when managing the QOL benefits for patients.

The magnitude of responses with new and existing agents means that clinicians will be able to improve upon the current standard of care and collaborate as an MDT to change the outlook in these difficult to treat cancers.

The panel discuss advances with the latest generation of tyrosine kinase inhibitors (TKIs) and the introduction of immunotherapy in novel combinations with targeted agents, and the ongoing utility of chemo-radiation and surgical approaches. 

For more on regorafenib to treat hepatocellular carcinoma, read more about the FDA approval in this indication here.

For more on lenvatinib as an agent in combinations to treat renal cell carcinoma, ecancer spoke with Dr Chung-Han Lee, here.

This programme has been supported by an unrestricted educational grant from Eisai.

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