Research on Immunotherapy Treatments for Biliary Tract Cancer, Hepatocellular Carcinoma to be Highlighted in 2022 ASCO Gastrointestinal Cancers Symposium Press Program

For immediate release
December 23, 2021


Rachel Cagan

ALEXANDRIA, Va. – Findings on combination therapies with immunotherapy drugs for patients with biliary tract cancer and hepatocellular carcinoma will be highlighted in the 2022 American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) Gastrointestinal Cancers Symposium’s official Press Program. Studies featured in the Press Program are among the more than 650 abstracts that will be presented at the Symposium. 

The 2022 ASCO Gastrointestinal Cancers Symposium, taking place January 20-22 in San Francisco, California, and online, will bring together oncology professionals from around the globe for presentations and discussions surrounding practice-changing findings in gastrointestinal cancer treatment, research, and care.

Abstracts will be publicly released on ASCO’s Meeting Experience on Tuesday, January 18, at 5:00 p.m. ET and the embargo will lift at that time. The following abstracts will be highlighted in press releases as a part of the Press Program: 

  • A phase 3 randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled study of durvalumab in combination with gemcitabine plus cisplatin (GemCis) in patients (pts) with advanced biliary tract cancer (BTC): TOPAZ-1. (Abstract 378) 
  • A phase 3 randomized, open-label, multicenter study of tremelimumab (T) and durvalumab (D) as first-line therapy in patients (pts) with unresectable hepatocellular carcinoma (uHCC): HIMALAYA. (Abstract 379) 


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Attend the Symposium in Person: Credentialed media who would like to attend the meeting in person can contact Rachel Cagan at to register. All in-person attendees must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Visit our Health and Safety page for more details. 

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