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

Is CAR T-Cell Therapy Setting a New Standard of Care in Lymphoma?

Data presented at the 2017 American Society of Hematology (ASH) Annual Meeting & Exposition on the longer-term follow-up analysis of results from the ZUMA-1 trial investigating the effectiveness of axicabtagene ciloleucel (Yescarta) in patients with refractory non-Hodgkin lymphoma (NHL) showed...

Lymphoma
Immunotherapy

FDA Expands Approval of Brentuximab Vedotin in Classical Hodgkin Lymphoma

ON MARCH 20, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved brentuximab vedotin (Adcetris), an antibody-drug conjugate, to treat adult patients with previously untreated stage III or IV classical Hodgkin lymphoma in combination with chemotherapy. Brentuximab vedotin combines an antibody and...

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 ...

Hematologic Malignancies
Lymphoma
Immunotherapy

Brentuximab Vedotin Plus Bendamustine in Relapsed or Refractory Hodgkin Lymphoma

A phase I/II trial has shown that the addition of brentuximab vedotin (Adcetris) to bendamustine is active in relapsed or refractory Hodgkin lymphoma. The study findings were reported in The Lancet Oncology by Owen A. O’Connor, MD, of the Center for Lymphoid Malignancies, Columbia University...

Hematologic Malignancies
Lymphoma

BTK Inhibitor in Relapsed or Refractory Mantle Cell Lymphoma

A phase II study (ACE-LY-004) reported in The Lancet by Michael Wang, MD, of The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, and colleagues showed durable responses with the Bruton tyrosine kinase inhibitor acalabrutinib (Calquence) in patients with relapsed or refractory mantle cell lymphoma....

Hematologic Malignancies
Lymphoma

Solid Organ Transplantation and Lymphoma

Survival of patients with Hodgkin and non-Hodgkin lymphomas is increasing, and with that comes the need, in some cases, for solid organ transplantation, often because of treatment-related toxicity. The factors involved in organ transplant among lymphoma survivors were discussed by Philip J....

Lymphoma

Bruton Tyrosine Kinase Inhibitor in Relapsed or Refractory Mantle Cell Lymphoma

A phase II study (ACE-LY-004) reported in The Lancet by Michael Wang, MD, of The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, and colleagues showed durable responses with the Bruton tyrosine kinase inhibitor acalabrutinib (Calquence) in patients with relapsed or refractory mantle cell lymphoma....

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...

Hematologic Malignancies
Lymphoma
Immunotherapy

CAR T-Cell Therapy in Refractory B-Cell Lymphomas

  As reported at the 2017 American Society of Hematology Annual Meeting & Exposition and in The New England Journal of Medicine, Stephen J. Schuster, MD, of the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, and colleagues found that chimeric antigen receptor (CAR) T-cell...

Hematologic Malignancies
Lymphoma

Proud to Be a Pioneer in CAR T-Cell Therapy

  Six years ago, I was 38 years old and, like many young people, took life for granted. I had two young daughters, ages 7 years and 4 months, and a wife I adored. And, except for a nagging pain on the left side of my abdomen, I was blessed with good health. Then, suddenly, the pain became so...

Lymphoma
Immunotherapy

Responses Reported With CAR T-Cell Therapy in High-Risk NHL

LISOCABTAGENE MARALEUCEL (Liso-cel; JCAR017), a CD19-directed chimeric antigen receptor (CAR) T-cell therapy with defined composition, has shown “potent and durable” responses in poor-prognosis patients with relapsed or refractory aggressive non-Hodgkin lymphoma (NHL) in a phase I trial.1 According ...

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).

Hematologic Malignancies
Lymphoma

Releasing Follicular Lymphoma From the Curse of Frankenstein

In the December 10, 2017, issue of The ASCO Post, I authored an article in which I raised the possibility of curing follicular lymphoma without the dreaded chemotherapy. Clearly, no good deed goes unpunished: My good friend and The ASCO Post’s editor Jim Armitage, MD, challenged me to defend that...

Hematologic Malignancies
Lymphoma
Immunotherapy

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 options. A single infusion of CAR T cells (CTL019) achieved durable remissions in almost 40% of...

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 lymphoma who were treated with sequential brentuximab vedotin (Adcetris) before and after a regimen of...

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 Society of Hematology (ASH) Annual Meeting & Exposition, treatment with mogamulizumab was...

Hematologic Malignancies
Lymphoma
Immunotherapy

ECHELON-1: A Commendable Study, but Questions Remain

“The important thing is not to stop questioning. Curiosity has its own reason for existing.” —Albert Einstein The phase III international ECHELON-1 study, designed to evaluate brentuximab vedotin (Adcetris) as part of a front-line chemotherapy regimen for previously untreated advanced classic...

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...

Lymphoma

Another PI3K Inhibitor Welcome For Use in Indolent Lymphoma

PHOSPHATIDYLINOSITOL 3-KINASE (PI3K) signaling is important for the proliferation and survival of malignant B cells. Copanlisib (Aliqopa) is a novel pan-class PI3K inhibitor with predominant activity against PI3K-alpha and PI3K-delta isoforms. As reviewed in this issue of The ASCO Post, a phase II ...

Lymphoma

PI3K Inhibition With Copanlisib in Relapsed or Refractory Indolent Lymphoma

AS REPORTED in the Journal of Clinical Oncology by Martin Dreyling, MD, PhD, of University Hospital, Ludwig Maximilians University of Munich, and colleagues, the phase II CHRONOS-1 trial has shown a high response rate and durable responses with the phosphatidylinositol 3-kinase (PI3K) inhibitor...

Lymphoma

Obinutuzumab in Previously Untreated Follicular Lymphoma

On November 16, 2017, obinutuzumab (Gazyva) was granted regular approval in combination with chemotherapy, followed by obinutuzumab monotherapy for patients achieving at least a partial remission, for the treatment of adult patients with previously untreated stage II bulky, III, or IV follicular...

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 regimen of doxorubicin/bleomycin/vinblastine/dacarbazine (ABVD). The substitution of brentuximab...

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-cell lymphoma (DLBCL) continue to have durable responses to the CD19-directed CAR T-cell therapy...

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 (Abstract 191).

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).

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 axicabtagene ciloleucel in patients with refractory aggressive non-Hodgkin lymphoma (Abstract 578).

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 tisagenlecleucel in adult patients with relapsed or refractory diffuse large B-cell lymphoma (Abstract 577).

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 autologous stem cell transplantation (Abstract 153).

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 refractory diffuse large B-cell lymphoma (DLBCL), according to findings reported by Schuster et al at...

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 called axicabtagene ciloleucel that targets the CD-19 protein frequently found on cancerous lymphoma...

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 responses and MRD negativity with durable remissions beyond 4 years (Abstract 154).

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 patients in 13 clinical trials (Abstract 412).

lymphoma

ASH 2017: Addition of Brentuximab Vedotin to Multidrug Regimen Reduces Risk of First-Line Treatment Failure in Advanced Hodgkin Lymphoma

Patients with advanced Hodgkin lymphoma (HL) who were treated with a multidrug regimen that included the targeted agent brentuximab vedotin (Adcetris) had a 23% reduction in the risk of disease progression, death, or the need for additional therapy, compared with patients who received the standard...

lymphoma

ASH 2017: Targeted Antibody Mogamulizumab Superior to Vorinostat for Previously Treated CTCL in Phase III Trial

In a large, international, randomized phase III trial presented by Kim et al at the 59th American Society of Hematology (ASH) Annual Meeting & Exposition (Abstract 817), patients with previously treated cutaneous T-cell lymphoma (CTCL) who received the investigational targeted drug...

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