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CAR T-Cell Therapy in Europe: Differing Decisions on Approval of Two Agents

The European Commission (EC) recently approved the chimeric antigen receptor (CAR) T-cell therapy tisagenlecleucel (Kymriah) in the European Union (EU) for the treatment of pediatric and young adult patients up to 25 years of age with B-cell acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) that is...

lymphoma
immunotherapy

FDA Approves Ibrutinib Plus Rituximab for Waldenström’s Macroglobulinemia

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved ibrutinib (Imbruvica) plus rituximab (Rituxan) for the treatment of adult patients with Waldenström's macroglobulinemia (WM). With this approval, the ibrutinib prescribing information now includes combination use with rituximab,...

lymphoma
skin cancer

Mogamulizumab vs Vorinostat in Previously Treated Cutaneous T-Cell Lymphoma

As reported by Kim and colleagues in The Lancet Oncology, the phase III MAVORIC trial showed that the anti-C-C chemokine receptor 4 (CCR4) monoclonal antibody mogamulizumab (Poteligeo) significantly improved progression-free survival vs vorinostat (Zolinza) among patients with previously treated...

lymphoma
skin cancer

FDA Approves Mogamulizumab-kpkc for Two Rare Types of Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma

Today, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved mogamulizumab-kpkc (Poteligeo) injection for intravenous use for the treatment of adult patients with relapsed or refractory mycosis fungoides or Sézary syndrome after at least one prior systemic therapy. This approval provides a new...

lymphoma
geriatric oncology

Peggy Burhenn, MS, RN-BC, AOCNS, on Lymphoma: Managing Older Adults

Peggy Burhenn, MS, RN-BC, AOCNS, of the City of Hope National Medical Center, discusses the challenges of working with older lymphoma patients and the importance of effective geriatric assessments.

lymphoma
immunotherapy

Julie M. Vose, MD, MBA, and David G. Maloney, MD, PhD, on NHL: Update on CAR T-Cell Therapies

Julie M. Vose, MD, MBA, of the University of Nebraska Medical Center, and David G. Maloney, MD, PhD, of Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center and winner of this year’s Oliver Press Memorial Award, discuss three CAR T-cell products for lymphoma treatment, comparing their efficacy, toxicity, ease of ...

lymphoma

Jonathan W. Friedberg, MD, on Follicular Lymphoma: Novel Combination Therapies

Jonathan W. Friedberg, MD, of the University of Rochester Medical Center, discusses treatments that enhance progression-free and overall survival and clear minimal residual disease—obinutuzumab plus chemotherapy, lenalidomide, and rituximab—and the types of lymphoma patients who may benefit.

lymphoma

Bruce D. Cheson, MD, and Richard I. Fisher, MD, on Lymphoma: Treatment Considerations

Bruce D. Cheson, MD, of Georgetown University Hospital, and Richard I. Fisher, MD, of Fox Chase Cancer Center, discuss ways to incorporate PET and CT scanning into standard of care for and research studies on lymphoma.

cns cancers
lymphoma

Philip J. Bierman, MD, on DLBCL: Managing Patients at Risk of CNS Involvement and Systemic Disease

Philip J. Bierman, MD, of the University of Nebraska Medical Center, discusses how to identify and treat the 1% to 2% of patients with diffuse large B-cell lymphoma who have central nervous system involvement as well as systemic sites at the time of diagnosis.

lymphoma

Laurie H. Sehn, MD, MPH, on HGBCL With Comorbidities: Upfront Therapies

Laurie H. Sehn, MD, MPH, of the British Columbia Cancer Centre for Lymphoid Cancer, discusses the challenges of treating high-grade B-cell lymphoma in older patients and those with comorbidities. Several strategies have been devised, but more research is needed as well as more options for novel...

lymphoma

Steven M. Horwitz, MD, on CD 30+ PTCL Subtypes: Treatment Update

Steven M. Horwitz, MD, of Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, discusses aggressive subtypes of peripheral T-cell lymphoma and the coming data that may help clarify what could be the most effective treatments.

lymphoma

John G. Gribben, MD, DSc, on The Tumor Microenvironment, Prognosis, and Outcome

John G. Gribben, MD, DSc, of the Barts Cancer Institute, discusses how understanding the role of the tumor microenvironment can help identify treatment targets, including combination therapies, and improve outcome for patients with indolent lymphomas.

lymphoma

Kieron M. Dunleavy, MD, on B-Cell Malignancies: Novel-Novel Drug Combinations

Kieron M. Dunleavy, MD, of George Washington University, discusses the need for drug combinations to improve lymphoma therapy, despite unexpected toxicities, as our understanding of the molecular biology grows.

lymphoma
immunotherapy

Stephen M. Ansell, MD, PhD, on Hodgkin Lymphoma: Beyond Checkpoint Inhibitors

Stephen M. Ansell, MD, PhD, of the Mayo Clinic, discusses the efficacy of PD-1 blockade in Hodgkin lymphoma, new findings related to PD-1 therapy, current combination approaches, and future treatments.

lymphoma

Andrew D. Zelenetz, MD, PhD, on NHL: Clinical Applications of Genomic Studies

Andrew D. Zelenetz, MD, PhD, of Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, discusses the various ways genomics can be used in diagnosing and treating non-Hodgkin lymphoma and the need for a proper support tool to help interpret the data.

lymphoma

Julie M. Vose, MD, MBA, on Lymphoma: Novel Pathways for Targeted Agents

Julie M. Vose, MD, MBA, of the University of Nebraska Medical Center, discusses promising pathways for inhibitors—BTK, PI3K, EZH2, bcl-2—and the clinical trials for single agents and combinations that suggest their potential for lymphoma treatment.

lymphoma
immunotherapy

Outcomes by Chemotherapy Backbone for Obinutuzumab vs Rituximab in Previously Untreated Follicular Lymphoma

In an analysis of the GALLIUM trial reported in the Journal of Clinical Oncology, Hiddemann and colleagues found that obinutuzumab (Gazyva) appeared to provide consistent progression-free survival benefit vs rituximab (Rituxan) in previously untreated follicular lymphoma, irrespective of which...

lymphoma
immunotherapy

EHA 2018: Tisagenlecleucel Demonstrates More Than 1-Year Durability of Response in Adults With Relapsed or Refractory DLBCL

Fourteen-month results from the JULIET clinical trial showed ongoing durable responses are achievable with tisagenlecleucel (Kymriah) when administered to adult patients with relapsed or refractory diffuse large B-cell lymphoma (DLBCL). This updated analysis was presented by Borchmann et al at ...

lymphoma
immunotherapy

FDA Expands Approval of Pembrolizumab to Include New Lymphoma Indication

Today, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) granted accelerated approval to pembrolizumab (Keytruda) for the treatment of adult and pediatric patients with refractory primary mediastinal large B-cell lymphoma or those who have relapsed after two or more prior lines of therapy. KEYNOTE-170...

leukemia
lymphoma
immunotherapy

iLLUMINATE Trial of Ibrutinib Plus Obinutuzumab for First-Line Therapy of CLL/SLL Meets Primary Endpoint

The phase III iLLUMINATE (PCYC-1130) trial recently met its primary endpoint of improvement in progression-free survival. The study evaluated ibrutinib (Imbruvica) in combination with obinutuzumab (Gazyva) in patients with previously untreated chronic lymphocytic leukemia or small lymphocytic...

leukemia
lymphoma
immunotherapy

Rapid Progression of Adult T-Cell Leukemia/Lymphoma During PD-1 Inhibitor Therapy

In a letter to the editor in The New England Journal of Medicine, Ratner et al describe rapid progression of adult T-cell leukemia/lymphoma (ATLL) in three consecutive patients receiving programmed cell death protein 1 (PD-1) inhibitor therapy with nivolumab (Opdivo). As stated by the authors,...

leukemia
lymphoma

FDA Approves Second-Line Venetoclax for CLL or SLL With or Without 17p Deletion

On June 8, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) granted regular approval to venetoclax (Venclexta) for patients with chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL) or small lymphocytic lymphoma (SLL), with or without 17p deletion, who have received at least one prior therapy. MURANO Approval was based ...

lymphoma
immunotherapy

2018 ASCO: Lenalidomide Plus Rituximab vs Rituximab Plus Chemotherapy in Previously Untreated Follicular Lymphoma

Results from RELEVANCE, a phase III, randomized, open-label, international clinical study conducted in partnership with the Lymphoma Academic Research Organisation (LYSARC), were presented by Fowler et al at the 2018 ASCO Annual Meeting (Abstract 7005). This study evaluated the investigational...

lymphoma

Laurie Helen Sehn, MD, MPH, on FL and DLBCL: Results From a Treatment Trial

Laurie Helen Sehn, MD, MPH, of the British Columbia Cancer Centre for Lymphoid Cancer, discusses phase II study findings on polatuzumab vedotin with bendamustine and rituximab in relapsed or refractory follicular lymphoma and diffuse large B-cell lymphoma (Abstract 7507).

lymphoma

Jeremy S. Abramson, MD, on Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma: Results From the TRANSCEND NHL 001 Trial

Jeremy S. Abramson, MD, of the Massachusetts General Hospital, discusses study findings on lisocabtagene maraleucel in relapsed or refractory aggressive NHL (Abstract 7505).

lymphoma
immunotherapy

Nathan Hale Fowler, MD, and Julie M. Vose, MD, MBA, on Follicular Lymphoma: Results From the RELEVANCE Trial

Julie M. Vose, MD, MBA, of the University of Nebraska Medical Center, and Nathan Hale Fowler, MD, of The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, discuss phase III study findings on lenalidomide plus rituximab vs chemotherapy plus rituximab, followed by rituximab maintenance, in patients with ...

lymphoma
immunotherapy

FDA Expands Tisagenlecleucel Approval to Include Relapsed or Refractory Large B-Cell Lymphoma

On May 1, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved tisagenlecleucel (Kymriah) suspension for intravenous infusion for the treatment of adult patients with relapsed or refractory large B-cell lymphoma—including diffuse large B-cell lymphoma (DLBCL), high-grade B-cell lymphoma, and...

lymphoma
skin cancer

Reciprocal Risks of Lymphoid Neoplasms and Cutaneous Melanoma

In a study reported in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute, Herr et al found that patients with specific types of primary lymphoid neoplasms were at increased risk of second primary cutaneous melanoma, with the reciprocal association also being observed. Occurrence of second primary...

leukemia
lymphoma

FDA Accepts New Drug Application, Grants Priority Review for Duvelisib in CLL/SLL and Follicular Lymphoma

On April 9, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) accepted for filing with Priority Review a new drug application (NDA) for the oral agent duvelisib, a first-in-class, dual inhibitor of phosphoinositide 3-kinase (PI3K)-delta and PI3K-gamma. The NDA is seeking full approval for duvelisib in...

lymphoma
immunotherapy

Updated Analysis of Obinutuzumab in Rituximab-Refractory Indolent Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma

As reported in the Journal of Clinical Oncology by Cheson et al, an updated analysis of the phase III GADOLIN trial showed an overall survival advantage with obinutuzumab (Gazyva) plus bendamustine induction followed by obinutuzumab maintenance vs bendamustine alone in patients with rituximab...

lymphoma
immunotherapy

Extended Follow-up of Nivolumab Treatment in Relapsed/Refractory Classical Hodgkin Lymphoma After Failure of Autologous HCT

As reported by Armand and colleagues in the Journal of Clinical Oncology, extended follow-up of the phase II CheckMate 205 trial continues to show benefits and good tolerability of nivolumab (Opdivo) treatment in relapsed or refractory classical Hodgkin lymphoma after failure of autologous ...

lymphoma
immunotherapy

FDA Expands Approval of Brentuximab Vedotin for First-Line Treatment of Stage III or IV Classical Hodgkin Lymphoma in Combination With Chemotherapy

On March 20, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved brentuximab vedotin (Adcetris) to treat adult patients with previously untreated stage III or IV classical Hodgkin lymphoma in combination with chemotherapy. “Today’s approval represents an improvement in the initial...

solid tumors
lymphoma
immunotherapy

FDA Approves sBLA Updating Nivolumab Dosing Schedule Across Indications

On March 6, Bristol-Myers Squibb announced the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved a supplemental Biologics License Application (sBLA) updating the nivolumab (Opdivo) dosing schedule to include 480 mg infused every 4 weeks for a majority of approved indications. This approval will ...

survivorship
lymphoma

Flora E. van Leeuwen, PhD, on Hodgkin Lymphoma Treatment: Toxicities in Female Survivors

Flora E. van Leeuwen, PhD, of the Netherlands Cancer Institute, discusses cardiovascular disease risk after treatment-induced primary ovarian insufficiency in female survivors of Hodgkin lymphoma (Abstract 114).

lymphoma
immunotherapy

FDA Accepts sBLA, Grants Priority Review for Tisagenlecleucel in Adults With DLBCL

Today, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) accepted for Priority Review a supplemental Biologics License Application (sBLA) for tisagenlecleucel (Kymriah) suspension for intravenous infusion (formerly CTL019) for the treatment of adult patients with relapsed or refractory diffuse large...

lymphoma
immunotherapy

FDA Accepts sBLA, Grants Priority Review for Brentuximab Vedotin in Advanced Hodgkin Lymphoma

On January 2, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) accepted for filing a supplemental Biologics License Application (sBLA) for brentuximab vedotin (Adcetris) in combination with chemotherapy for the front-line treatment of patients with advanced classical Hodgkin lymphoma. The FDA also...

leukemia
lymphoma

ICER Releases Draft Evidence Report on CAR T-Cell Therapy for B-Cell Cancers

On December 19, the Institute for Clinical and Economic Review (ICER) released a Draft Evidence Report assessing the comparative clinical effectiveness and value of tisagenlecleucel (Kymriah) and axicabtagene ciloleucel (Yescarta). The draft report, along with draft voting...

lymphoma

BTK Inhibitor in Relapsed or Refractory Mantle Cell Lymphoma

A phase II study (ACE-LY-004) reported in The Lancet by Wang et al showed durable responses with the Bruton tyrosine kinase inhibitor acalabrutinib (Calquence) in patients with relapsed or refractory mantle cell lymphoma. The study supported the recent approval of acalabrutinib in this setting....

lymphoma

CAR T-Cell Therapy in Refractory B-Cell Lymphomas

As reported at the recent American Society of Hematology Annual Meeting & Exposition and in The New England Journal of Medicine, Schuster et al found that chimeric antigen receptor (CAR) T-cell therapy produced responses in a high proportion of patients with B-cell lymphomas refractory to or...

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 basis for the recent U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) accelerated approval of acalabrutinib...

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 American Society of Hematology (ASH) Annual Meeting & Exposition (Abstract 1509). The presentation...

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 participation among those aged 75 and older when considered against the incidence of these malignancies in...

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 previously untreated stage III or IV Hodgkin lymphoma (Abstract 6).

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 patients younger than age 65 (Abstract 341).

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 benefit over observation (Abstract 486).

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 188).

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 CD30-positive primary mediastinal large B-cell, diffuse large B-cell, and gray zone lymphomas...

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 (Abstract 375).

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 disease with a poor outcome, partly due to the difficulty in diagnosing it early (Abstract 377).

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 large B-cell lymphoma treated with R-CHOP (Abstract 823).

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