American Medical AssociationAntibody Response to COVID-19 Vaccination in Adults with Hematologic Malignant Disease

Publication: JAMA OncologyMethod: Retrospective study of 160 adults with hematologic malignant disease who were vaccinated with 1 of 3 COVID-19 vaccines (February through April 2021).Results: Patients receiving B-cell-depleting immunotherapy may not gain adequate protection from vaccination and may still develop a potentially fatal infection.

American Society of Clinical OncologyAppropriate Systemic Therapy Dosing for Obese Adult Patients With Cancer: ASCO Guideline Update

An update from the original ASCO guideline on this topic published in 2012, 60 studies, primarily retrospective, were included in the review. New to this version of the guideline, the Panel offers recommendations on approved doses of immunotherapy and targeted therapies that can be offered to obese patients with cancer.

Dana-Farber Cancer InstituteImmunotherapy Combination Shows Benefit for Patients w. Advanced Melanoma, Phase 3 Trial Shows

The results of the trial, known as the RELATIVITY-047 study, were presented at the virtual ASCO Annual Meeting that took place June 4-8, 2021. The Dana-Farber Cancer Institute Investigators who co-led the study were thrilled to present that, despite PD-1 blocker nivolumab revolutionizing the treatment of patients with advanced melanoma, this fixed-dose combination of nivolumab […]

American Medical AssociationAssociation Between First-Line Immune Checkpoint Inhibition and Survival for Medicare-Insured Patients With Advanced Non–Small Cell Lung Cancer

In this JAMA Original Investigation, the researchers studied 19,529 patients with Medicare coverage who initiated first systemic therapy for advanced non–small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) using 1 of 4 regimens of checkpoint inhibitor immunotherapy, cytotoxic chemotherapy, and combined chemoimmunotherapy. The goal? To gauge the uptake and effectiveness of immunotherapy among older patients outside clinical trials.

Millennium Medical PublishingChoosing Between Novel Agents and Chemoimmunotherapy in CLL

From the pages of Clinical Advances in Hematology & Oncology comes this Q&A with Jennifer A. Woyach, MD, a Professor of Medicine in the Division of Hematology at the Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center. Dr. Woyach provides extensive commentary on BTK, BCL2, and PI3K inhibitors, FCR usage, and the importance of clinical trials when […]

Millennium Medical PublishingCurrent Antibody-Based Therapies for the Treatment of Multiple Myeloma

Published in Clinical Advances in Hematology & Oncology, this article presents an overview of the currently available monoclonal antibody treatments in multiple myeloma (MM), discussing  the clinical value, significant potential, and possible limitations of these immunotherapeutic approaches to driving deeper responses and achieving longer overall survival among patients with a challenging disease.

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.