Current Options for Frontline Treatment of CLL

October 10, 2018
Danielle Brander, MD
Danielle Brander, MD

Danielle Brander, MD, discusses the current treatment landscape in the frontline setting for patients with chronic lymphocytic leukemia.

Danielle Brander, MD, assistant professor at Duke University and the Duke Cancer Institute, discusses the current treatment landscape in the frontline setting for patients with chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL).

There have been changes for this patient population in the frontline, as well as those with relapsed/refractory CLL. For frontline treatment, Brander says the biggest change has been in identifying patients eligible for long-term chemoimmunotherapy that will benefit the most. These are the younger, more favorable-risk patients that areIGHV-mutated with no high-risk deletion 11q or 17p.

Older patients with favorable-risk disease can also have a meaningful remission from a fixed duration of frontline chemotherapy, or even a bendamustine plus rituximab (Rituxan) combination, Brander says. However, she won’t use that combination for her younger patients.