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The pandemic has underscored the importance of "bringing the trial to the patient," a concept that is likely to persist, particularly in precision oncology.

Lantern Pharma is using its RADR platform to repurpose two drugs currently in clinical trials and advance a new drug in preclinical testing.

The firm initially plans to apply the method, which measures the size of specific macrophages in blood, to predict lung cancer immunotherapy response.

At the American Society of Clinical Oncology's virtual meeting, investigators presented two new studies of BluePrint classification patterns.

Given the rarity of NTRK fusions, the company is also rolling out a free testing program to identify NTRK fusion-positive patients who would benefit from treatment.

Glioma patients experienced tumors shrinkage, and some AML patients had a complete remission that allowed them to proceed to curative treatment.

With studies showing BRCA-mutated patients have a greater magnitude of benefit, oncologists grapple with complex treatment decisions in BRCA mutation-free cases.

In a retrospective study, investigators saw a survival benefit among head and neck cancer patients with high TMB treated with checkpoint inhibitors. 

The gap in care suggests that more education and decision support tools are needed to help physicians prescribe drugs based on highly actionable tumor alterations, researchers said.

Results show population screening can pick up risky BRCA1/2 mutations in men and women from Ashkenazi Jewish populations in the US, though engagement challenges remain.

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