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 HematologyMultisite 11-Year Experience of Less-Intensive vs. Intensive Therapies in Acute Myeloid Leukemia

Key Points: In two study cohorts, less-intensive therapies increased mortality in each of three risk groups defined by age, comorbidities, and cytogenetics. The differences became nonsignificant after accounting for physician perception of cure, emphasizing the need for a randomized trial.Design: Multicenter retrospective cohort (1,292), 6 institutions, 2008-2012; prospective cohort (695), 13 institutions, 2013 – 2017Connected […]

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 […]

Millennium Medical PublishingFLT3 Inhibitors in Acute Myeloid Leukemia: Increasing Options

In this Clinical Advances in Hematology & Oncology Q&A with Dr. Tapan M. Kadia, an associate professor at the MD Anderson Cancer Center, the current treatments for acute myeloid leukemia (AML) are discussed, with a specific focus on the targeted FLT3 approach, the role of the gene in AML, the differences among the approved FLT3 […]

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 HematologyFDA Clears IND Application for Gamma Delta T-Cell Therapy

The investigational new drug (IND) application is for GDX012, which also received an FDA orphan drug designation for the treatment of acute myeloid leukemia (AML). The drug’s manufacturer, GammaDelta Therapeutics, is developing the T-cell platform in partnership with Takeda and will initiate a phase I study in late 2021 that will evaluate the treatment’s safety […]

American Society of Clinical OncologyFirst Results of a Head-to-Head Trial of Acalabrutinib vs. Ibrutinib in Previously Treated Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia

It’s a battle of two heavyweights in this trial report from the Journal of Clinical Oncology, sharing the results of acalabrutinib (Calquence) compared to ibrutinib (Imbruvica) in treating chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL). Selected events of clinical interest included cardiac events, atrial fibrillation, ventricular tachyarrhythmias, hypertension, bleeding and major bleeding events, infections, and second primary malignancies […]

American Society of HematologyPosttransplantation MRD Monitoring in Patients w. AML by Next-Generation Sequencing Using DTA and Non-DTA Mutations

In this article from Blood Advances highlighted by helpful visual abstracts, two key points are discussed. First, patient-specific next-generation sequencing (NGS)-based measurable residual disease (MRD) monitoring using non-DTA mutations after allogeneic hematopoietic cell transplantation (alloHCT) is independently prognostic for relapse and survival. Second, the kinetics rather than a single time point should be further evaluated […]

Millennium Medical PublishingShould Venetoclax Be Used With or Without Anti-CD20 Therapy for CLL?

In this interview with Dr. Richard Furman, Professor of Medicine at New York-Presbyterian Weill Cornell Medicine, the importance of the CLL14 study is highlighted. In addition, Dr. Furman discusses the best use of venetoclax and whether anti-CD20 agents really add to the benefit of venetoclax treatment and whether a policy of watch and wait is […]

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 […]