2017 ASH Annual Meeting

Hematologic Malignancies

EXPERT POINT OF VIEW: Neil P. Shah, MD, PhD; Joseph M. Connors, MD; and Kenneth C. Anderson, MD

NEIL P. SHAH, MD, PhD, Leader of the Hematopoietic Malignancies Program at the University of California, San Francisco, Helen Diller Family Cancer Comprehensive Cancer Center, noted that BLU- 285 cou...

Hematologic Malignancies

Novel Agent Appears Active in Advanced or Aggressive Systemic Mastocytosis

THE INVESTIGATIONAL agent BLU-285 (avapritinib) has shown significant activity in patients with advanced or aggressive forms of systemic mastocytosis, a rare blood disorder that originates in mast cel...

Hematologic Malignancies

EXPERT POINT OF VIEW: Dan Vogl, MD

SESSION MODERATOR Dan Vogl, MD, Assistant Professor of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, told The ASCO Post that the results with 11-1F4 were “very impressive” adding “everyone...

Hematologic Malignancies

Amyloid-Targeting Antibody Elicits Organ Responses in Patients With Amyloidosis

IN PREVIOUSLY treated patients with amyloid light-chain (AL) amyloidosis, the chimeric fibril-reactive monoclonal antibody 11-1F4 (CAEL-101) produced organ responses in about two-thirds of patients in...

Hematologic Malignancies

EXPERT POINT OF VIEW: Dan Vogl, MD

MYELOMA SPECIALIST Dan Vogl, MD, Assistant Professor of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, told The ASCO Post that the potential use of daratumumab (Darzalex) in amyloid light-...

Hematologic Malignancies

Daratumumab Shows Efficacy in Amyloid Light-Chain Amyloidosis

DARATUMUMAB (DARZALEX) may be an effective treatment for systemic amyloid light-chain (AL) amyloidosis, according to phase II studies reported at the 2017 American Society of Hematology (ASH) Annual ...

Multiple Myeloma

EXPERT POINT OF VIEW: Ken Shain, MD

KEN SHAIN, MD, Assistant Member of the Department of Malignant Hematology and Tumor Biology, Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa, Florida, and Scientific Director of the Moffitt Myeloma Working Group, mod...

Multiple Myeloma

For Patients Treated for Myeloma, Antibiotic Prophylaxis May Reduce Infections and Deaths

IN PATIENTS undergoing treatment of multiple myeloma, the prophylactic use of levofloxacin significantly reduced febrile episodes and deaths, without increasing healthcare-associated infections or car...

Hematologic Malignancies
Leukemia

Venetoclax Plus Rituximab Outperforms Standard Bendamustine Plus Rituximab in CLL

  Venetoclax (Venclexta) plus rituximab (Rituxan)—a non–chemotherapy-containing regimen—was superior to standard-of-care bendamustine plus rituximab for patients with relapsed or refractory chronic ly...

Hematologic Malignancies
Lymphoma

Update on CAR T-Cell ‘Breakthrough’ Therapy in Lymphoma

Primary analysis of the JULIET trial adds to mounting evidence that chimeric antigen receptor (CAR) T-cell therapy is effective for the treatment of lymphoma in patients with no other good treatment o...

Hematologic Malignancies
Lymphoma

Best Outcomes to Date in Older Patients With Hodgkin Lymphoma

  Older patients with Hodgkin lymphoma typically do not fare as well as younger patients on standard regimens. A phase II study reported the best outcomes to date in older patients with Hodgkin lymph...

Hematologic Malignancies

Carfilzomib-Based Treatment and Transplant in Smoldering Myeloma

Can aggressive treatment of high-risk smoldering multiple myeloma patients prevent disease worsening? A carfilzomib (Kyprolis)-based regimen and autologous stem cell transplant (ASCT) plus maintenance...

Hematologic Malignancies

Study Findings on Novel Therapies for Hematologic Malignancies

  Here is an update on five different studies featured at the 2017 American Society of Hematology (ASH) Annual Meeting & Exposition. Topics center on possible newer treatment regimens in both Hod...

Hematologic Malignancies
Lymphoma

Mogamulizumab in Cutaneous T-Cell Lymphoma

The anti-CCR4 monoclonal antibody mogamulizumab may answer an unmet need in providing an effective treatment of cutaneous T-cell lymphoma. In the phase III MAVORIC trial reported at the 2017 American...

Lymphoma

Front-Line Brentuximab Plus AVD vs Standard ABVD in Advanced Hodgkin Lymphoma

FRONT-LINE TREATMENT of advanced Hodgkin lymphoma with brentuximab vedotin (Adcetris) plus doxorubicin/ vinblastine/dacarbazine (A+AVD) achieved superior outcomes compared with the standard four-drug...

Leukemia

Phase II Data for Venetoclax/Ibrutinib Combination in Relapsed or Refractory Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia

THE COMBINATION of ibrutinib (Imbruvica) plus venetoclax (Venclexta) achieved favorable responses in patients with relapsed or refractory chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL), according to initial resu...

Multiple Myeloma

Expert Point of View: Keith Stewart, MB, ChB

COMMENTING ON the ALCYONE trial for The ASCO Post, Keith Stewart, MB, ChB, the Carlson and Nelson Endowed Director of the Center for Individualized Medicine at the Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota, ...

Multiple Myeloma

Daratumumab Improves Progression-Free Survival in Front-Line Myeloma Setting

FOR NEWLY DIAGNOSED multiple myeloma patients not eligible for transplant, the addition of the anti-CD38 monoclonal antibody daratumumab (Darzalex) to subcutaneous bortezomib (Velcade), melphalan, and...

Lymphoma

Updated Follow-up of ZUMA-1 Confirms Benefit of CAR T-Cell Therapy in Aggressive B-Cell Lymphoma

POSITIVE DATA about chimeric antigen receptor (CAR) T-cell therapy in lymphoma continue to accrue. Long-term follow-up of the pivotal ZUMA-1 trial shows that patients with refractory diffuse large B-c...

lymphoma

ASH 2017: Acalabrutinib Demonstrates Activity in Relapsed or Refractory Mantle Cell Lymphoma

At the 59th American Society of Hematology (ASH) Annual Meeting & Exposition, Wang et al presented results from the open-label, single-arm phase II ACE-LY-004 clinical trial, which served as the b...

leukemia

ASH 2017: Dasatinib Plus Standard Chemotherapy Demonstrates 3-Year Survival Benefit in Pediatric Patients With Philadelphia Chromosome–Positive ALL

At the 59th American Society of Hematology (ASH) Annual Meeting & Exposition, Hunger et al presented data from the phase II CA180-372 study in pediatric patients with newly diagnosed Philadelphia ...

lymphoma

ASH 2017: ALCANZA Trial: Brentuximab Vedotin in CD30-Expressing Cutaneous T-Cell Lymphoma

Updated results from the phase III ALCANZA clinical trial evaluating brentuximab vedotin (Adcetris) in CD30-expressing cutaneous T-cell lymphoma (CTCL) were presented by Horwitz et al at the 59th Amer...

hematologic malignancies
symptom management

ASH 2017: Low–Molecular-Weight Heparin/Edoxaban vs Dalteparin for VTE Associated With Cancer

People with cancer face an increased risk for venous thromboembolism (VTE). Under current guidelines, cancer patients who develop VTE are prescribed low–molecular-weight heparin, an anticoagulan...

hematologic malignancies

ASH 2017: HERCULES Trial: Caplacizumab Shows Dramatic Improvements for Acquired Thrombotic Thrombocytopenic Purpura

In a phase III trial, patients with acquired thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura (TTP), a rare blood clotting disorder, who received the investigational drug caplacizumab showed significant improvemen...

hematologic malignancies
symptom management

ASH 2017: Abatacept Nearly Eliminates Severe Acute GVHD After Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplant

Results from a phase II clinical trial presented by Kean et al at the 59th American Society of Hematology (ASH) Annual Meeting (Abstract 212) show that the drug abatacept (Orencia) nearly eliminated l...

leukemia

ASH 2017: MURANO Trial: Venetoclax Found Superior to Standard Chemotherapy When Combined With Rituximab in CLL

In the phase III MURANO trial, treatment with the targeted cancer drug venetoclax (Venclexta) in combination with rituximab (Rituxan) more than doubled the likelihood that patients with chronic lympho...

multiple myeloma

ASH 2017: ALCYONE Trial: Adding Daratumumab to Bortezomib, Melphalan, and Prednisone in Multiple Myeloma

The first randomized trial to evaluate the use of a monoclonal antibody for treating newly diagnosed multiple myeloma showed that adding the drug daratumumab (Darzalex) to one of the standard treatmen...

hematologic malignancies
leukemia
lymphoma
multiple myeloma

ASH 2017: People Aged 75 Years and Older Are Underrepresented in Blood Cancer Clinical Trials

In the first comprehensive analysis of clinical trial enrollment among older adults with blood cancers, researchers from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) found significant gaps in participa...

multiple myeloma

Maria-Victoria Mateos, MD, PhD, on Multiple Myeloma: Results From the ALCYONE Trial

Maria-Victoria Mateos, MD, PhD, of the University Hospital of Salamanca, discusses phase III study findings on daratumumab plus bortezomib, melphalan, and prednisone vs bortezomib, melphalan, and pred...

leukemia

John F. Seymour, MBBS, PhD, on CLL: Results From the MURANO Study

John F. Seymour, MBBS, PhD, of the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre, discusses an interim analysis of venetoclax plus rituximab vs bendamustine plus rituximab in patients with relapsed/refractory chronic...

lymphoma

Joseph M. Connors, MD, on Untreated Hodgkin Lymphoma: Results From the ECHELON-1 Trial

Joseph M. Connors, MD, of the British Columbia Cancer Agency, discusses study findings on a new front-line option: brentuximab vedotin plus doxorubicin, vinblastine, and dacarbazine in patients with p...

lymphoma

Brian T. Hill, MD, PhD, on Mantle Cell Lymphoma in Younger Patients: Improvement in Overall Survival

Brian T. Hill, MD, PhD, of the Cleveland Clinic, discusses study findings that showed consolidation with autologous hematopoietic cell transplant in the first remission improves overall survival in pa...

lymphoma

Gilles A. Salles, MD, PhD, on Follicular Lymphoma: Long-Term Results From the PRIMA Trial

Gilles A. Salles, MD, PhD, of the Université de Lyon, discusses study findings on rituximab maintenance after induction immunochemotherapy and the significant long-term progression-free survival benef...

lymphoma

Mark J. Roschewski, MD, on Burkitt Lymphoma: Clinical Trial Results on DA-EPOCH-R

Mark J. Roschewski, MD, of the National Cancer Institute, discusses phase II study findings that showed DA-EPOCH-R cures most adult patients with Burkitt lymphoma, irrespective of HIV status (Abstract...

lymphoma

Jakub Svoboda, MD, on Primary Mediastinal Large B-Cell, Diffuse Large B-Cell, and Gray Zone Lymphomas: Early-Phase Treatment Findings

Jakub Svoboda, MD, of the Abramson Cancer Center, University of Pennsylvania, discusses some encouraging phase I/II results on brentuximab vedotin with R-CHP chemotherapy as front-line treatment of CD...

lymphoma

Andrew M. Evens, DO, on Gray Zone Lymphoma: Results From a Multicenter Study

Andrew M. Evens, DO, of Tufts University, discusses findings on the effectiveness of DLBCL-based therapy for patients whose disease fell between diffuse large B-cell and classical Hodgkin lymphoma (Ab...

lymphoma

Tycel J. Phillips, MD, on Intravascular DLBCL: Study of Patient Features and Outcomes

Tycel J. Phillips, MD, of the University of Michigan Medical School, discusses the findings of the largest retrospective study to date of patients with intravascular diffuse large B-cell lymphoma, a d...

lymphoma

Laurie H. Sehn, MD, MPH, on DLBCL: Radiation Therapy Findings

Laurie H. Sehn, MD, MPH, of the British Columbia Cancer Agency and University of British Columbia, discusses long-term results of PET-guided radiation therapy in patients with advanced-stage diffuse l...

lymphoma

Andrew D. Zelenetz, MD, PhD, and Sattva S. Neelapu, MD, on NHL: Results From the ZUMA-1 Trial

Andrew D. Zelenetz, MD, PhD, of Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, and Sattva S. Neelapu, MD, of The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, discuss long-term study findings on axicabtagen...

lymphoma

Andrew D. Zelenetz, MD, PhD, and Stephen J. Schuster, MD, on DLBCL: Results of the JULIET Trial

Andrew D. Zelenetz, MD, PhD, of Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, and Stephen J. Schuster, MD, of the Abramson Cancer Center, University of Pennsylvania, discuss phase II findings on tisagenlecl...

lymphoma

Michael Unterhalt, MD, on Mantle Cell Lymphoma: Long-Term Follow-up Results

Michael Unterhalt, MD, of the University Hospital Grosshadern, discusses study findings on rituximab maintenance after first-line immunochemotherapy among older patients who are not candidates for aut...

hematologic malignancies
issues in oncology
cost of care

Alok A. Khorana, MD, on The Costs of VTE in Cancer Patients: Expert Perspective

Alok A. Khorana, MD, of the Cleveland Clinic, discusses the prevalence of venous thromboembolism in cancer patients treated at U. S. emergency departments and associated costs, mortality, and hospital...

multiple myeloma

ASH 2017: Clinical Activity Seen With Anti-BCMA CAR T-Cell Therapy in Heavily Pretreated Multiple Myeloma

A one-time infusion of an investigational chimeric antigen receptor (CAR) T-cell therapy that targets a protein found on most multiple myeloma cells elicited an 86% overall response rate in 21 patient...

lymphoma

ASH 2017: JULIET Trial: 6-Month Analysis of Tisagenlecleucel in Relapsed/Refractory DLBCL Shows Sustained Responses

Six months after receiving a single dose of tisagenlecleucel, a chimeric antigen receptor (CAR) T-cell therapy that targets CD-19, high response rates persist among adult patients with relapsed or ref...

lymphoma

ASH 2017: ZUMA-1: Responses to CAR T-Cell Therapy Still Strong After 1 Year in Patients With Refractory NHL

Among 108 patients with fast-growing and refractory aggressive non-Hodgkin lymphoma (NHL), more than half were still alive at least a year after receiving a single infusion of a CAR T-cell therapy cal...

lymphoma

Jia Ruan, MD, on Mantle Cell Lymphoma: Study Results on Lenalidomide and Rituximab

Jia Ruan, MD, of NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center, discusses a 5-year follow-up analysis that showed lenalidomide and rituximab as initial treatment achieved a high rate of complete r...

leukemia

Nitin Jain, MD, on CLL: Results From a Venetoclax/Ibrutinib Trial

Nitin Jain, MD, of The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, discusses phase II study results on combined venetoclax and ibrutinib for patients with previously untreated high-risk and relapse...

lymphoma

Carla Casulo, MD, on Follicular Lymphoma: Results From the FLASH Study

Carla Casulo, MD, of the James P. Wilmot Cancer Center, discusses findings on POD24 as a robust early clinical endpoint of poor survival in follicular lymphoma, using data from more than 5,000 patient...

hematologic malignancies

ASH 2017: Rapid Responses, Few Adverse Effects Seen With Targeted Agent in Phase I Trial in Systemic Mastocytosis

In a phase I trial, patients with an advanced or aggressive form of systemic mastocytosis, a rare blood disorder, had rapid and durable responses with few adverse effects following treatment with an i...

leukemia

ASH 2017: CLARITY Trial: Combination Treatment With Two Targeted Agents Shows Promise in Previously Treated CLL

One-third of patients with previously treated chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL) had no detectable disease after 6 months of combination therapy with the targeted agents ibrutinib (Imbruvica) and vene...

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