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Electronic Health Record Data May Help Identify Older Patients at Highest Risk of Early Death From Chemotherapy for Diffuse Large B-Cell Lymphoma

Although diffuse large B-cell lymphoma (DLBCL) is a curable disease in most patients aged 65 years or older, these patients are also at higher risk of chemotherapy-related death within the first 30 days of treatment. To quantify the risk of early fatality and identify risk factors, researchers led ...

Lymphoma
Thyroid Cancer

I’ve Survived Two Cancers

In 2012, my husband, Robert, and I were looking forward to starting the next phase of our lives and were feeling excited about the future. Although only in our 50s, we had decided to retire early from our full-time careers, move to our cabin in Hayward, Wisconsin, and find less stressful part-time ...

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Nivolumab in Recurrent Classical Hodgkin Lymphoma: Refreshingly Supportive Data

It is commonly said that if something is too good to be true, it usually is. It is therefore quite refreshing when really good results are replicated in a subsequent study. As reported in The Lancet Oncology by Younes et al1 and reviewed in this issue of The ASCO Post, a phase II trial of...

Lymphoma

Nivolumab Achieves Response in Most Patients With Classical Hodgkin Lymphoma After ASCT and Brentuximab Vedotin

In a phase II trial reported in The Lancet Oncology by Anas Younes, MD, of Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, and colleagues, treatment with the anti–PD-1 (programmed cell death protein 1) immune checkpoint inhibitor nivolumab (Opdivo) produced response in two-thirds of patients with...

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FDA Grants Orphan Drug Designation to CD4CAR for the Treatment of Peripheral T-Cell Lymphoma

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has granted Orphan Drug designation for chimeric antigen receptor–engineered T cells directed against the target protein CD4 (CD4CAR) for the treatment of peripheral T-cell lymphoma. William Tse, MD, Chief of the Blood and Marrow Transplantation Division ...

Lymphoma

Interim PET-Adapted Treatment in Advanced Hodgkin Lymphoma

The ability to cure a majority of patients with advanced Hodgkin lymphoma is one of the major milestones of success in the combination chemotherapy era. It has been over 40 years since Bonadonna and colleagues in Milan developed the ABVD regimen (doxorubicin, bleomycin, vinblastine, and...

Lymphoma

Continued ABVD vs Omission of Bleomycin (AVD) After Negative Imaging Findings in Advanced Hodgkin Lymphoma

In a phase III trial reported in The New England Journal of Medicine, Peter Johnson, MD, of the Cancer Research UK Centre, University of Southampton, and colleagues found similar efficacy with continued ABVD (doxorubicin, bleomycin, vinblastine, dacarbazine) vs omission of bleomycin (AVD) after...

Hematologic Malignancies
Leukemia
Lymphoma
Multiple Myeloma

Roundup of Selected Abstracts in Multiple Myeloma, Acute and Chronic Leukemia, and Advanced Lymphoma

In June 2016, the European Hematology Association Congress convened in Copenhagen, Denmark. The educational and scientific program highlighted state-of-the-art clinical practice and the latest findings in hematology research. The ASCO Post brings its readers brief summaries of some of the important ...

Lymphoma

For High-Grade and Aggressive Non-Hodgkin Lymphomas, Treat Adults Like Children

Outcomes for adults with high-grade and aggressive non-Hodgkin lymphomas (NHLs) appear to be better when these patients are treated with pediatric-inspired protocols, according to Mitchell S. Cairo, MD, Chief of the Division of Pediatric Hematology, Oncology and Stem Cell Transplantation, Maria...

Lymphoma

Early Relapse in Follicular Lymphoma: Clinical Trial Data May Guide Management Decisions

Approximately 20% of patients with follicular lymphoma will relapse within 2 years of diagnosis. Although the optimal management of these patients has not been established, clinicians may be guided by data from recent clinical trials, according to Nathan H. Fowler, MD, Associate Professor and...

hematologic malignancies
lymphoma

Higher Baseline Metabolic Tumor Volume May Predict Poorer Outcome in Patients With High Tumor Burden Follicular Lymphoma

In a pooled analysis reported in the Journal of Clinical Oncology, Meignan et al found that higher baseline total metabolic tumor volume measured by 18F-fluorodeoxyglucose (18F-FDG) positron-emission tomography–computed tomography (FDG PET-CT) was associated with poorer outcome in patients...

Lymphoma

Understanding Double-Hit Lymphomas and Optimizing Management

Double-hit lymphomas are a challenging subset of high-grade B-cell lymphomas, previously characterized histologically as diffuse large B-cell lymphoma or B-cell lymphoma unclassifiable with intermediate features between diffuse large B-cell lymphoma and Burkitt lymphoma. Expert guidance in their...

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GADOLIN and the Perplexing Role of Obinutuzumab in the Treatment of B-Cell Malignancies

After several dose-finding phase I and II studies in a variety of B-cell malignancies, the potential clinical role of the newer anti-CD20 monoclonal antibody obinutuzumab (Gazyva) remained unclear. These early trials tested low and high doses as well as weekly and every-3-week schedules of...

Lymphoma

Phase III Trial Shows Adding Obinutuzumab to Bendamustine Improves Progression-Free Survival in Rituximab-Refractory NHL

In the phase III GADOLIN trial reported in The Lancet Oncology, Laurie H. Sehn, MD, Chair, British Columbia Cancer Agency Lymphoma Tumor Group, and Clinical Associate Professor at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, and colleagues, found that adding the anti-CD20 antibody obinutuzumab...

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Outcomes With Rituximab in DLBCL: Does Gender Matter?

For diffuse large B-cell lymphoma, does the dose of rituximab (Rituxan) matter? Are there patient characteristics that determine outcomes as well as the optimal dose? These questions were explored at the 2016 Pan Pacific Lymphoma Conference by Matthew A. Lunning, DO, Assistant Professor of...

Lymphoma

Combination Obinutuzumab Regimen Active in Aggressive Diffuse Large B-Cell Lymphoma

In a small phase Ib/II study, 100% of patients with newly diagnosed diffuse large B-cell lymphoma evaluated thus far responded to treatment with obinutuzumab (Gazyva), lenalidomide (Revlimid), and CHOP (cyclophosphamide, doxorubicin, vincristine, prednisone), investigators from the University of...

Lymphoma

Novel Approaches Harness the Microenvironment Against Hodgkin Lymphoma

In the treatment of classical Hodgkin lymphoma, antibodies targeting programmed cell death protein 1 (PD-1) are just the beginning, according to Stephen M. Ansell, MD, PhD, Professor of Medicine and Chair of the Lymphoma Group at the Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota.1 Speaking at the 2016 Pan...

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FDA Grants Orphan Drug Designation to CD4CAR for the Treatment of Peripheral T-Cell Lymphoma

iCell Gene Therapeutics announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has granted Orphan Drug designation for its chimeric antigen receptor engineered T-cells directed against the target protein CD4 (CD4CAR) for the treatment of peripheral T-cell lymphoma (PTCL). William Tse, MD,...

Gynecologic Cancers
Lymphoma

I’m the Luckiest Person in the World

July 2009 was the start of the worst 5-year period of my life, and I’m just grateful I am still here to tell you about it. I was preparing for brain surgery to remove an acoustic neuroma on the right side of my brain when I noticed a lump on my left thigh. Thinking I had pulled a muscle while...

Lymphoma

Is Post-Transplantation Cyclophosphamide Disruptive Technology?

There was a time when transplantation across human leukocyte antigen (HLA) barriers was fraught with so much difficulty that many thought it was impossible and we should stop trying. However, most patients do not have an HLA-matched sibling donor, and death was therefore certain if they had a...

Lymphoma

Reduced-Intensity Related-Donor Haploidentical vs HLA-Matched Sibling-Donor Hematopoietic Cell Transplantation in Lymphoma

In an analysis of the observational database of the Center for International Blood and Marrow Transplant Research reported in the Journal of Clinical Oncology, Nilanjan Ghosh, MD, PhD, of Levine Cancer Institute, Carolinas Healthcare System, Charlotte, North Carolina, and colleagues found that...

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Identification of Genetic Variants Associated With Extranodal Natural Killer T-Cell Lymphoma

In a genome-wide association study reported in The Lancet Oncology, Li et al identified genetic variants associated with the risk of nasal-type extranodal natural killer T-cell lymphoma (NKTCL). This rare aggressive malignancy is seen predominantly in Asian and Latin American populations;...

hematologic malignancies
lymphoma

High Cumulative Burden of Cardiovascular Morbidity in Young Survivors of Hodgkin Lymphoma

In an analysis from the St. Jude Lifetime Cohort Study reported in The Lancet Oncology, Bhakta et al found a high cumulative burden of cardiovascular morbidity among pediatric, adolescent, and young adult survivors of Hodgkin lymphoma. Study Details The study involved data from 670 survivors of...

Lymphoma

CAR T-Cell Therapy Promising in Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma

Research conducted at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, Seattle, is moving the field of chimeric antigen receptor (CAR) T-cell therapy forward in the treatment of B-cell malignancies. At the 2016 Pan Pacific Lymphoma Conference in Koloa, Hawaii, David G. Maloney, MD, PhD, Professor of...

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Is Nivolumab Active in Classical Hodgkin Lymphoma After Failure of Autologous SCT and Brentuximab Vedotin?

Treatment with the anti–PD-1 (programmed cell death protein 1) immune checkpoint inhibitor nivolumab (Opdivo) produced response in two-thirds of patients with classical Hodgkin lymphoma after failure of both autologous stem cell transplantation (SCT) and brentuximab vedotin (Adcetris),...

Survivorship
Leukemia
Lymphoma

My Commitment to Helping Other Survivors of Childhood Cancers

When I was diagnosed with acute lymphocytic leukemia (ALL) at the age of 2 in 1974, not much was known about the cancer or the side effects of its treatment. Too young to understand what was happening to me, the burden fell to my parents and older sibling to protect and care for me. For more than...

Lymphoma

No Apparent Benefit of GnRH in Preserving Ovarian Function and Fertility in Young Women With Lymphoma

In a long-term follow-up of a European trial reported by Isabelle Demeestere, MD, PhD, of the Université Libre de Bruxelles in Belgium, and colleagues in the Journal of Clinical Oncology, gonadotropin-releasing hormone (GnRH) agonist treatment during chemotherapy in young women with lymphoma was...

lymphoma

James O. Armitage, MD, on Improving Lymphoma Treatment

James O. Armitage, MD, of the University of Nebraska Medical Center, discusses how an increased understanding of the biology of lymphomas and their multiple subtypes has had a major impact on the ability to treat patients.

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Nathan Fowler, MD, and Sagar Lonial, MD, on Treating Follicular Lymphoma

Nathan H. Fowler, MD, of University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, and Sagar Lonial, MD, of the Emory University School of Medicine, discuss managing early relapsing/refractory disease.

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Steven P. Treon, MD, PhD, on Treating Lymphoplasmacytic Lymphoma/Waldenström’s Macroglobulinemia

Steven P. Treon, MD, PhD, of the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, discusses the question of what is the best upfront therapy for lymphoplasmacytic lymphoma/Waldenström’s macroglobulinemia.

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Jonathan W. Friedberg, MD: Marginal Zone Lymphoma Therapy Update

Jonathan W. Friedberg, MD, of the University of Rochester Medical Center, discusses the use of rituximab as a single agent and in combination with chemotherapy, the emerging role of novel agents, and some possible explanations for the small subset of patients with inferior outcomes.

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Steven M. Horwitz, MD, on Sequencing New Agents in Relapsed Peripheral T-Cell Lymphoma

Steven M. Horwitz, MD, of Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, reviews the data supporting current treatment approaches for T-cell lymphomas and discusses the specific subtype criteria used to individualize therapy.

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Richard I. Fisher, MD, on Defining and Treating Grey Zone Lymphoma

Richard I. Fisher, MD, of Fox Chase Cancer Center-Temple Health, discusses this rare disease––with features between classical Hodgkin lymphoma and primary mediastinal large B-cell lymphoma––and reviews the clinical data on treatment.

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Wyndham H. Wilson, MD, PhD, on Treating Diffuse Large B-Cell Lymphoma

Wyndham H. Wilson, MD, PhD, of the National Cancer Institute, discusses the molecular underpinnings of diffuse large B-cell lymphoma and targeted treatments.

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Fredrick B. Hagemeister, Jr, MD, on Using Rituximab Maintenance

Fredrick B. Hagemeister, Jr, MD, of the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, discusses whether rituximab maintenance should be used in indolent lymphomas other than follicular.

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John G. Gribben, MD, DSc, on Follicular Lymphoma: Still a Role for Transplant?

John G. Gribben, MD, DSc, of Barts Cancer Institute, discusses the pros and cons of both autologous and allogeneic stem cell transplantation in follicular lymphoma, and the challenges of selecting the right patients for these procedures.

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Julie M. Vose, MD, MBA, on Highlights of Pan Pacific Lymphoma 2016

Julie M. Vose, MD, MBA, of the University of Nebraska Medical Center, discusses the key presentations at the 2016 Pan Pacific Lymphoma Conference.

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Bruce D. Cheson, MD, and Julie M. Vose, MD, MBA, on Staging Lymphoma

Bruce D. Cheson, MD, of Georgetown University Hospital, and Julie M. Vose, MD, MBA, of the University of Nebraska Medical Center, discuss whether lymphoma should be staged with a positron emission tomography (PET) scan and what follow-up scans are needed.

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David G. Maloney, MD, PhD, on Lymphomas: Treatment With CAR T Cells

David G. Maloney, MD, PhD, of Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, discusses the efficacy of chimeric antigen receptor (CAR) T cells for lymphoma and their toxicity.

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Stephen M. Ansell, MD, PhD, on Precision Immunotherapy for Refractory Hodgkin Lymphoma

Stephen M. Ansell, MD, PhD, of the Mayo Clinic, discusses the role of checkpoint inhibitors in Hodgkin lymphoma and the efficacy of nivolumab and pembrolizumab.

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lymphoma

Susan M. O’Brien, MD, on ALL/Lymphoma: Upfront and Salvage Treatments in Older Patients

Susan M. O’Brien, MD, of the University of California, Irvine, discusses the challenges of treating older patients with acute lymphoblastic leukemia and lymphoma, and the positive results with newer regimens using blinatumomab and inotuzumab.

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Kieron M. Dunleavy, MD, on Lymphomas: Genomics and Genetics

Kieron M. Dunleavy, MD, of the National Cancer Institute, discusses the genomic landscape of aggressive lymphomas and how this is informing therapy decisions.

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Andrew D. Zelenetz, MD, on Diffuse Large B-Cell Lymphoma: CHOP-R and EPOCH-R?

Andrew D. Zelenetz, MD, of Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, discusses the pros and cons of these two regimens, with or without another agent, in diffuse large B-cell lymphoma.

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Five-Year Survival Data: Brentuximab Vedotin May Be Curative in Some Patients With Hodgkin Lymphoma

Five-year survival data published by Chen et al in Blood suggest that the targeted therapy brentuximab vedotin (Adcetris) may be curative in some patients with Hodgkin lymphoma whose disease has persisted despite receiving previous therapies. This multinational phase II study examined brentuximab...

Hematologic Malignancies
Leukemia
Lymphoma
Multiple Myeloma

Selected Hematology Abstracts From the 2016 ASCO Annual Meeting

Here are several abstracts selected from the proceedings of the 2016 ASCO Annual Meeting, focusing on clinical trials on therapeutics in different types of leukemia, multiple myeloma, follicular lymphoma, and central nervous system (CNS) lymphoma. For full details of these study abstracts, visit...

hematologic malignancies
lymphoma

CNS-IPI for CNS Relapse in Diffuse Large B-Cell Lymphoma

As reported in the Journal of Clinical Oncology, Schmitz et al have developed and validated a risk score for CNS relapse—the Central Nervous System International Prognostic Index (CNS-IPI)—in patients with diffuse large B-cell lymphoma (DLBCL) treated with R-CHOP (rituximab [Rituxan]...

hematologic malignancies
lymphoma

Analysis Indicates Continued Risk of Relapse Independent of Treatment Modality in Limited-Stage DLBCL

In an analysis of data from SWOG studies reported in the Journal of Clinical Oncology, Stephens et al found as continued risk of relapse among patients with limited-stage diffuse large B-cell lymphoma (DLBCL) irrespective of whether they received CHOP (cyclophosphamide, doxorubicin, vincristine,...

hematologic malignancies
lymphoma

Early Results Find Pembrolizumab Active in Classical Hodgkin Lymphoma After Brentuximab Vedotin Failure

Findings in a classical Hodgkin lymphoma cohort in the phase Ib KEYNOTE-013 trial, reported by Armand et al in the Journal of Clinical Oncology, indicate that pembrolizumab (Keytruda) is active in patients with disease progressing on or after brentuximab vedotin (Adcetris) treatment. Study Details ...

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Comparison of Chemotherapy Regimens After Negative Interim PET-CT in Advanced Hodgkin Lymphoma

In a phase III trial reported in The New England Journal of Medicine, Johnson et al found similar efficacy with continued ABVD (doxorubicin, bleomycin, vinblastine, dacarbazine) chemotherapy vs omission of bleomycin (AVD) after negative interim PET-CT (positron-emission tomography–computed...

hematologic malignancies
lymphoma

Adding Obinutuzumab to Bendamustine Improves Progression-Free Survival in Rituximab-Refractory NHL

In the phase III GADOLIN trial reported in The Lancet Oncology, Sehn et al found that adding the anti-CD20 antibody obinutuzumab (Gazyva) to bendamustine (Bendeka, Treanda) increased progression-free survival in patients with rituximab-refractory indolent non-Hodgkin lymphoma (NHL). Outcomes in...

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