American Society of HematologyHow I Treat Pediatric Acute Myeloid Leukemia

In this series from Blood that tackles four cases studies, the outcomes of AML pediatric patients compared to children with ALL is explored, focusing on the emerging new treatments venetoclax (Venclexta; AbbVie/Genentech), CD33- and CD123-directed CAR T-cell therapy, CD123-directed antibody therapy, and menin inhibitors.

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 HematologyEfficacy of the BNT162b2 mRNA COVID-19 Vaccine in Patients with Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia

This Research Article from Blood – available as a PDF – discusses two main points. First, antibody response to BNT162b2 mRNA COVID19 vaccine in CLL patients is markedly impaired and affected by disease activity and treatment. The second point shows that, in patients treated with either Bruton’s tyrosine kinase inhibitors (TKIs) or venetoclax ± anti-CD20 […]

American Society of HematologyClinical and Molecular Predictors of Response and Survival Following Venetoclax Therapy in R/R AML

In this “Clinical Trials & Observations” report/visual abstract from the pages of Blood Advances (ASH), the authors focus on two key points: 1) In patients with R/R AML, venetoclax combination therapy resulted in responses in 31% of patients and a median OS of 6.1 months, and 2) NPM1 mutations predicted higher response rates; adverse cytogenetics […]

Millennium Medical PublishingHighlights in Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia From the 62nd ASH Annual Meeting and Exposition

This article presents a review and commentary of selected presentations from the all-virtual 62nd American Society of Hematology (ASH) Meeting and Exposition, which took place in December 2020. Coverage includes safety and efficacy results in trials of acalabrutinib, venetoclax, obinutuzumab, rituximab, LOXO-305, idelalisib, bendamustine, umbralisib, ublituximab, chlorambucil, lisocabtagene maraleucel, and others. 

Wyanoke GroupThree-Drug Combination Induces Deep Remission in Treatment-Naive, R/R CLL

Are traditional cytotoxic chemotherapies becoming a thing of the past? This study in the Journal of Clinical Oncology shows a move toward targeted agents, as a combination of obinutuzumab, ibrutinib, and venetoclax induced deep remissions in patients with treatment-naive or relapsed/refractory (R/R) chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL).