Hematology

Prognostic Tool Predicts Length of Watch and Wait Period in CLL

April 10, 2020

The appropriate gap between diagnosis of chronic lymphocytic leukemia and treatment is now clearer as a new prognostic tool, IPS-E, that can predict the length of “watch and wait” has been introduced, according to a press release from the American Society of Hematology.

Evaluating Older Patients With Acute Myeloid Leukemia in SIERRA Trial

April 08, 2020

Rajneesh Nath, MD, discusses the rationale for phase III SIERRA trial, which evaluated the anti-CD45 monoclonal antibody apamistamab followed by fludarabine/total body irradiation and allogeneic hematopoietic cell transplantation in patients with relapsed/refractory acute myeloid leukemia.

FDA Grants Pembrolizumab Priority Review for TMB-High Tumors

April 07, 2020

The FDA has accepted and granted a priority review to a supplemental Biologics License Application for pembrolizumab for the treatment of adult and pediatric patients with unresectable or metastatic solid tumors with tissue tumor mutational burden-high who have progressed following prior treatment and who have no satisfactory alternative treatment options.

Options for Treating Relapsed/Refractory Follicular Lymphoma

April 03, 2020

Sonali M. Smith, MD, discusses how to handle patients with follicular lymphoma when they relapse, especially if they are early progressors.

Early FCR Lacks Evidence to Change Standard Watch & Wait in Stage Binet A High-Risk CLL

April 02, 2020

Although fludarabine, cyclophosphamide, and rituximab may be efficient in inducing remission for the treatment of patients with Binet A high-risk chronic lymphocytic leukemia, recent data published in Leukemia suggest there is no evidence that this would be better than the current standard of care, which is the “watch and wait” approach.

FDA Priority Review Granted to Remestemcel-L for Pediatric Steroid-Refractory Acute GVHD

April 02, 2020

The FDA has granted a priority review to a Biologics License Application for remestemcel-L, an allogeneic cell therapy for the treatment of children with steroid-refractory acute graft-versus-host disease, according to a press release from Mesoblast Limited.

Acalabrutinib Appears Tolerable in Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia

April 02, 2020

Jeff P. Sharman, MD, discusses the secondary end points from the phase III ELEVATE-TN trial, which evaluated the role of acalabrutinib, either as a single agent or in combination with obinutuzumab in patients with treatment-naive chronic lymphocytic leukemia.

FDA Grants Fast Track Designation for ME-401 in Relapsed/Refractory FL

April 01, 2020

The FDA has granted Fast Track Therapy designation to ME-401, an investigational selective oral inhibitor of phosphatidylinositol 3-kinase inhibitor as treatment of patients with relapsed or refractory follicular lymphoma who have received at least two prior systemic therapies.

Sponsored: The Evolving Role of Stem Cell Transplant in Older AML Patients

April 01, 2020

Experts discuss the phase III SIERRA trial, which recently demonstrated durable complete responses in patients with acute myeloid leukemia

Chemotherapy Toxicity Correlates With Nutritional Factors in Solid Tumors

March 30, 2020

An association was found between a lower risk of grade 3 or higher chemotherapy toxicity with higher body mass indexes and normal albumin, a protein made in the liver, levels in older adult patients with solid tumors, according to an analysis of a prospective, multicenter study.