American Society of HematologyYour Approach to Treating this Transplant-Ineligible Patient with Ph+ ALL?

In ASH Clinical News, Dr. Geoffrey Uy, a professor in the Oncology Division at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, discusses treatment options for a transplant-ineligible patient who has Philadelphia chromosome-positive (Ph+) acute lymphocytic leukemia (ALL). The patient under review is a 61-year-old female diagnosed with Ph+ ALL who has multiple comorbidities and […]

American Society of HematologyControlling CNS Relapse in Children with ALL Treated Without Cranial Irradiation

Publication: Blood Key Points: The authors identified the following four prognostic indicators that could help control CNS relapse in children with ALL. 1) Prephase dexamethasone treatment, 2) delayed intrathecal therapy, 3) use of total intravenous anesthesia during intrathecal therapy, and 4) flow cytometry examination of diagnostic CSF Design: 7,640 consecutive patients treated on Chinese Children’s […]

Everyday HealthClinical Challenges: Pediatric ALL in Children With Obesity

Pediatric B-cell acute lymphoblastic leukemia (B-ALL) is the most common malignancy seen in children and adolescents and young adults (AYAs). This article highlights two recent studies that provide novel evidence of the association between obesity and increased risk of high-risk B-ALL and the effectiveness of a non-pharmacologic intervention for reducing minimal residual disease (MRD) risk.

American Society of Clinical OncologyLong-Term Follow-Up of CD19-CAR T-Cell Therapy in Children and Young Adults With B-ALL

In this Original Report from the Journal of Clinical Oncology, the authors conducted a phase I trial of autologous CD19 CAR T cells in children and young adults (CAYAs) with relapsed or refractory B-cell acute lymphoblastic leukemia (B-ALL) to discover whether the role for allogeneic hematopoietic stem-cell transplant (alloHSCT) following CD19-CAR T-cell therapy can improve […]

American Society of HematologyCaloric and Nutrient Restriction to Augment Chemotherapy Efficacy for Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia: the IDEAL Trial

From the pages of Blood Advances comes this Clinical Trials & Observations piece discussing the IDEAL trial. Backed by visual abstracts, tables, and charts supporting the data, the article explores two key points in augmenting chemotherapy efficacy: caloric restriction and using insulin and adiponectin as potential biomarkers of B-ALL chemosensitivity.

American Medical AssociationEffect of Postreinduction Therapy Consolidation w. Blinatumomab vs. Chemotherapy on Disease-Free Survival in Children, Adolescents, and Young Adults w. First Relapse of B-Cell ALL

In this Original Investigation from JAMA, the authors discuss the results of a randomized clinical trial that included 208 patients with high- and intermediate-risk first relapse of B-cell acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL). Did postreinduction treatment with blinatumomab compared with chemotherapy, followed by hematopoietic stem cell transplant, result in a statistically significant difference in disease-free survival?

American Society of HematologyHow I Treat Relapsed Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia in the Pediatric Population

In the past decade, several promising immunotherapies have been developed, changing the treatment landscape for children with relapsed acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL). These advances in treatment offer real promise for less toxic and more effective therapy for children. In this article from Blood, the authors present several cases highlighting contemporary treatment decision-making.