Innovative Oncology Developments: New Hope for Patients with Anal Cancer

Vantage Market Research

Jun 28, 2024

According to analysts at Vantage Market Research, the market for Anal Cancer is projected to reach USD 1530 Million by 2032, with a compound annual growth rate of 6.1%.

Novartis' Lutathera® Shows Promising Results in Phase III NETTER-2 Trial

Basel, January 2024 – Novartis recently presented data from the Phase III NETTER-2 trial, demonstrating that Lutathera® (INN: lutetium (177Lu) oxodotreotide / USAN: lutetium Lu 177 dotatate) significantly reduced the risk of disease progression or death by 72% as a first-line treatment for patients with somatostatin receptor-positive (SSTR+) well-differentiated grade 2/3 advanced gastroenteropancreatic neuroendocrine tumors (GEP-NETs) compared to high-dose octreotide LAR alone. The trial extended median progression-free survival (PFS) to 22.8 months from 8.5 months, marking the first positive Phase III trial for a radioligand therapy (RLT) in the first-line setting. 

“These results are practice-changing, offering new first-line treatment data for patients with significant unmet needs,” said Dr. Simron Singh, Associate Professor of Medicine at the University of Toronto.

Eli Lilly's Olomorasib Shows Efficacy in KRAS G12C-Mutant Cancers

Indianapolis, June 2024 – Eli Lilly announced promising data from the Phase 1/2 trial of olomorasib, a second-generation KRAS G12C inhibitor, showing activity across a range of KRAS G12C-mutant solid tumors, including non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC). The data also highlighted a favorable tolerability profile in combination with Merck's anti-PD-1 therapy KEYTRUDA® (pembrolizumab).

“Olomorasib's efficacy and tolerability suggest it can be combined with immunotherapy, the backbone of first-line treatment for KRAS-mutant NSCLC,” said Dr. Timothy Burns from the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center Hillman Cancer Center. “These findings are especially exciting for patients previously treated with a KRAS G12C inhibitor.”

AstraZeneca and Daiichi Sankyo’s Enhertu Approved as First Tumour-Agnostic HER2 Therapy

April 2024 – Enhertu (trastuzumab deruxtecan) has been approved in the US as the first HER2-directed therapy for patients with unresectable or metastatic HER2-positive solid tumors, based on three Phase II trials showing meaningful responses across various cancers. This accelerated approval underscores the potential of Enhertu as a versatile treatment option for HER2-positive patients who have exhausted other treatments.

Merck’s Expanding Oncology Pipeline

Darmstadt, June 2024 – Merck announced significant advancements in its oncology pipeline, including the Phase II studies of the ATR inhibitor tuvusertib and the new Phase Ib studies of the PARP1 inhibitor M9466. Merck is also progressing its anti-CEACAM5 ADC M9140 and the novel anti-GD2 ADC M3554 into clinical development. These advancements are part of Merck’s broader strategy to leverage synergistic approaches in oncology, focusing on ADCs, DDR inhibitors, and next-generation immuno-oncology compounds.

"The advancements in our clinical pipeline underscore our commitment to developing new cancer treatments," said Danny Bar-Zohar, Global Head of Research & Development at Merck. “With our preclinical and clinical efforts, we aim to improve the futures of those affected by cancer.”


The anal cancer market is seeing significant advancements with innovative therapies showing promising results. Novartis, Eli Lilly, AstraZeneca, Daiichi Sankyo, and Merck are at the forefront of this progress, developing new treatments that offer hope to patients with advanced cancers. As these therapies continue to evolve, they hold the potential to change the landscape of cancer treatment and improve patient outcomes.

Anal Cancer Market Size, Share & Trends Analysis Report by Drug Type (Fluorouracil, Cisplatin, Carboplatin, Others (Others include Mitomycin, Oxaliplatin, Docetaxel, Leucovorin, etc.)) by Cancer Type (Carcinoma In-situ, Squamous Cell Carcinoma, Melanoma, Adenocarcinoma, Basal Cell Carcinoma) by Treatment Type (Chemotherapy, Surgery, Radiation Therapy, Immunotherapy) by Distribution Channel (Hospitals & Clinics, Research & Academic Institutes, Long-term Care Centers, Pharmacies) by Region (North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, Latin America, Middle East & Africa) - Global Industry Assessment (2018 - 2023) & Forecast (2024 - 2032)