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2023 ASH

Leukemia

All-Oral Regimen Feasible and Effective in Acute Promyelocytic Leukemia, Study Finds

An all-oral regimen for newly diagnosed acute promyelocytic leukemia (APL) was shown to be “highly effective and safe,” eliminating the need for chemotherapy altogether in many patients, Hong Kong res...

Myelodysplastic Syndromes

Expert Point of View: David A. Sallman, MD, and Mikkael A. Sekeres, MD

Two experts in myelodysplastic syndromes (MDS) discussed the findings on the combination of venetoclax plus azacitidine in the treatment of higher-risk MDS with The ASCO Post. David A. Sallman, MD, A...

Myelodysplastic Syndromes

Venetoclax Plus Azacitidine Evaluated in High-Risk Myelodysplastic Syndromes

For the treatment of high-risk, treatment-naive myelodysplastic syndromes (MDS), the regimen of venetoclax plus azacitidine led to high response rates, durable responses, and encouraging overall survi...

Myelodysplastic Syndromes

Expert Point of View: Prithviraj Bose, MD

Prithviraj Bose, MD, Professor in the Department of Leukemia at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, shared his thoughts on MANIFEST-2 and TRANSFORM-1 with The ASCO Post. While ...

Myelodysplastic Syndromes

First-Line Ruxolitinib Combinations Boost Benefit Over Single Agent in Myelofibrosis

In two international phase III trials in myelofibrosis, drugs given in combination with the Janus kinase (JAK) inhibitor ruxolitinib in JAK inhibitor–naive patients significantly improved outcomes vs ...

Lymphoma

Expert Point of View: Dipenkumar Modi, MD

The ASCO Post obtained comments on the Smart Stop study from Dipenkumar Modi, MD, a medical oncologist and hematologist at the Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute and Assistant Professor of Oncology...

Lymphoma

Study Finds Four-Drug Targeted Treatment Reduces Chemotherapy Requirement for Some in Large B-Cell Lymphoma

A four-drug targeted therapy regimen proved safe and effective as the first-line treatment of diffuse large B-cell lymphoma (DLBCL), achieving a 100% response rate after four cycles, researchers from ...

Lymphoma

Expert Point of View: Carla Casulo, MD

Session co-moderator Carla Casulo, MD, offered her thoughts on the response-adapted use of ultra-low–dose radiotherapy in gastric MALT (mucosa-associated lymphoid tissue) lymphoma, as reported by the ...

Lymphoma

‘Ultra-Low Dose’ of Radiotherapy May Be Enough in Gastric MALT Lymphoma, Study Finds

For patients with gastric MALT (mucosa-associated lymphoid tissue) lymphoma, an “ultra-low dose” of radiotherapy was as effective as the higher, standard dose in providing local control and freedom fr...

Multiple Myeloma

Expert Point of View: Cynthia E. Dunbar, MD

In a press briefing at the 2023 American Society of Hematology (ASH) Annual Meeting & Exposition, Cynthia E. Dunbar, MD, ASH Secretary and Chief of the Translational Stem Cell Biology Branch, Intr...

Multiple Myeloma

Real-World Experience Mirrors PERSEUS Findings

At the 2023 American Society of Hematology (ASH) Annual Meeting & Exposition, researchers from Emory University presented a real-world comparison of the largest cohort of patients with newly diagn...

Multiple Myeloma

Expert Point of View: Ajay K. Nooka, MD, MPH, and Dan Vogl, MD, MSCE

Ajay K. Nooka, MD, MPH, Professor in the Department of Hematology and Medical Oncology at Emory University, and Dan Vogl, MD, MSCE, Associate Professor of Medicine at the Hospital of the University of...

Highlights From the 2023 ASH Annual Meeting & Exposition

Hordes of classical and malignant hematologists returned to the tranquil city of San Diego for the 2023 American Society of Hematology (ASH) Annual Meeting & Exposition this past December. The pac...

Lymphoma

Should You Reconsider Transplant for Relapsed Large B-Cell Lymphoma in Complete Remission?

For patients with relapsed large B-cell lymphoma (LBCL) in complete remission, outcomes were better after autologous stem cell transplantation (ASCT) than with chimeric antigen receptor (CAR) T-cell t...

Multiple Myeloma

Addition of Isatuximab to Carfilzomib-Based Regimen Doubles MRD Negativity Rates in Multiple Myeloma

In the phase III IsKia trial in newly diagnosed multiple myeloma, therapy incorporating the CD38-directed monoclonal antibody isatuximab-irfc with a carfilzomib-based regimen led to high rates of mini...

Leukemia

In NPM1-Mutated AML, Benefit of Transplant Limited to Patients With Residual Disease

In patients with NPM1-mutated acute myeloid leukemia (AML), the presence of molecular measurable residual disease (MRD) in the peripheral blood following induction chemotherapy can aid decision-making...

Multiple Myeloma

Canadian Study Shows Myeloma Outcomes in the Real World May Be Worse Than Clinical Trials Suggest

Patients with multiple myeloma treated in the “real world” had worse outcomes than patients who received the same treatment on clinical trials, according to research presented at the 2023 American Soc...

Multiple Myeloma

PERSEUS: Daratumumab Regimen Significantly Improves Progression-Free Survival in Newly Diagnosed Multiple Myeloma

The addition of the CD38 monoclonal antibody daratumumab to a standard regimen for patients with newly diagnosed transplant-­eligible multiple myeloma significantly prolonged progression-free survival...

Leukemia

All-Oral Regimen Feasible and Effective in Acute Promyelocytic Leukemia, Study Finds

An all-oral regimen for newly diagnosed acute promyelocytic leukemia (APL) was shown to be “highly effective and safe,” eliminating the need for chemotherapy altogether in many patients, Hong Kong res...

Leukemia

Study Examines Real-World Outcomes With Ivosidenib vs Venetoclax in Acute Myeloid Leukemia

In a comparison of real-world outcomes for two common first-line regimens for acute myeloid leukemia (AML) with mutations in isocitrate dehydrogenase 1 (IDH1), treatment with the IDH1-targeted agent i...

Multiple Myeloma

Expert Point of View: Cynthia E. Dunbar, MD

In a press briefing at the 2023 American Society of Hematology (ASH) Annual Meeting & Exposition, Cynthia E. Dunbar, MD, ASH Secretary and Chief of the Translational Stem Cell Biology Branch, Intr...

Multiple Myeloma

Canadian Study Shows Myeloma Outcomes in the Real World May Be Worse Than Clinical Trials Suggest

Patients with multiple myeloma treated in the “real world” had worse outcomes than patients who received the same treatment on clinical trials, according to research presented at the 2023 American Soc...

Lymphoma

Expert Point of View: Andrew D. Zelenetz, MD, PhD

Andrew D. Zelenetz, MD, PhD, Medical Director of Quality Informatics at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, New York, offered his thoughts on the combination of venetoclax and ibrutinib in the tre...

Lymphoma

SYMPATICO Trial: Ibrutinib Plus Venetoclax Improves Progression-Free Survival in Relapsed Mantle Cell Lymphoma

The combination of ibrutinib and venetoclax has led to an improved progression-free survival rate in patients with relapsed or refractory mantle cell lymphoma (MCL), according to findings presented at...

Leukemia

Expert Point of View: Paul J. Hampel, MD

Paul J. Hampel, MD, a hematologist/oncologist at Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota, underscored the complexity of this arm of the adaptive FLAIR trial, which compared measurable residual disease (MRD)...

Leukemia

Personalized Ibrutinib-Plus-Venetoclax Therapy: New Treatment Standard for Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia?

A time-limited approach based on measurable residual disease (MRD) response could signal a potential paradigm shift for front-line treatment of chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL), according to data pr...

Multiple Myeloma

Expert Point of View: Ajay K. Nooka, MD, MPH, and Dan Vogl, MD, MSCE

Ajay K. Nooka, MD, MPH, Professor in the Department of Hematology and Medical Oncology at Emory University, and Dan Vogl, MD, MSCE, Associate Professor of Medicine at the Hospital of the University of...

Multiple Myeloma

Real-World Experience Mirrors PERSEUS Findings

At the 2023 American Society of Hematology (ASH) Annual Meeting & Exposition, researchers from Emory University presented a real-world comparison of the largest cohort of patients with newly diagn...

Multiple Myeloma

PERSEUS: Daratumumab Regimen Significantly Improves Progression-Free Survival in Newly Diagnosed Multiple Myeloma

The addition of the CD38 monoclonal antibody daratumumab to a standard regimen for patients with newly diagnosed transplant-­eligible multiple myeloma significantly prolonged progression-free survival...

Leukemia

AUGMENT-101 Trial: Menin Inhibitor Revumenib Shows Activity in KMT2A-Rearranged Acute Leukemia

In heavily pretreated patients with a challenging type of acute leukemia, the menin inhibitor revumenib demonstrated clinically meaningful activity, including high rates of response and measurable re...

leukemia

Ibrahim Aldoss, MD, on KMT2A-Rearranged Acute Leukemia: New Data on Revumenib Monotherapy

Ibrahim Aldoss, MD, of City of Hope National Medical Center, discusses phase II safety and efficacy results from the Augment-101 study. This trial showed that patients with heavily pretreated, relapse...

leukemia

Harinder Gill, MD, MBBS, on Acute Promyelocytic Leukemia: Assessing the Use of Oral Arsenic Trioxide, Retinoic Acid, and Ascorbic Acid

Harinder Gill, MD, MBBS, of The University of Hong Kong, discusses findings showing the use of an “AAA” regimen (pure oral arsenic trioxide combined with all-trans retinoic acid) in a risk-adapted str...

lymphoma

Mazyar Shadman, MD, MPH, on Large B-Cell Lymphoma: Autologous Transplantation vs CAR T-Cell Therapy

Mazyar Shadman, MD, MPH, of the University of Washington, discusses new data suggesting that in patients with relapsed large B-cell lymphoma who achieve a complete response, treatment with autologous ...

leukemia

Jeffrey E. Rubnitz, MD, PhD, on Pediatric AML Outcomes and Racial Disparities

Jeffrey E. Rubnitz, MD, PhD, of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, discusses study findings suggesting that pharmacogenomic differences between Black and White patients should be considered when t...

hematologic malignancies

Andrew Srisuwananukorn, MD, on Myelofibrosis vs Essential Thrombocythemia: A Potential New Clinical Decision Tool

Andrew Srisuwananukorn, MD, of The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center, discusses a novel artificial intelligence model that can distinguish between prefibrotic primary myelofibrosis and...

lymphoma

Sanjal H. Desai, MBBS, on Classical Hodgkin Lymphoma: Improving Outcomes With PD-1 Blockade

Sanjal H. Desai, MBBS, of the University of Minnesota, discusses results from a multicenter cohort, which shows that, for transplant-eligible patients with relapsed or refractory classical Hodgkin lym...

hematologic malignancies
issues in oncology

Sara Khan, DO, on the Gender Gap in Receiving NIH Grants for Hematology Research

Sara Khan, DO, of the University of South Florida Morsani College of Medicine and HCA Healthcare, discusses her findings showing that women received only 33% of grants from the National Institutes of ...

leukemia
lymphoma
immunotherapy

Adam S. Kittai, MD, on Richter’s Transformation: Anti-CD19 CAR T-Cell Therapy

Adam S. Kittai, MD, of The Ohio State University, discusses his data supporting the use of CAR T-cell therapy for patients with Richter’s transformation. Given the high response rate to CD19 CAR T-cel...

lymphoma

Michael Wang, MD, on Mantle Cell Lymphoma: New Results on Ibrutinib Plus Venetoclax

Michael Wang, MD, of The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, discusses phase III results from the Sympatico study, which shows the combination of ibrutinib and venetoclax improved progressi...

leukemia
lymphoma

Jennifer A. Woyach, MD, on CLL/SLL: 30-Month Follow-up and Subgroup Analysis of Pirtobrutinib

Jennifer A. Woyach, MD, of The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center, discusses phase I/II findings of the BRUIN study on the use of pirtobrutinib after covalent Bruton’s tyrosine kinase (...

lymphoma

Sarah C. Rutherford, MD, on Hodgkin Lymphoma: Nivolumab Plus AVD in Older Patients With Advanced-Stage Disease

Sarah C. Rutherford, MD, of Weill Cornell Medicine, discusses findings of the SWOG S1826 study, which showed nivolumab plus AVD (doxorubicin, vinblastine, and dacarbazine) improved progression-free an...

hematologic malignancies
genomics/genetics

Potential Clinical Uses of Identifying New Hematologic Malignancy Predisposition Gene

Hamish S. Scott, PhD, and Chris Hahn, PhD, both of Australia’s SA Pathology and Centre for Cancer, discuss ERG, a new predisposition gene for bone marrow failure and hematologic malignancy. Identifyin...

Hematologic Malignancies

Allogeneic Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplantation for Dendritic Cell Neoplasm Subtype

Allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation can safely and effectively treat patients with blastic plasmacytoid dendritic cell neoplasm (BPDCN), especially during first remission, according to ...

Hematologic Malignancies

Overcoming BPDCN: Tagraxofusp Sets New Landmark in Patient Survival

A novel first-in-class therapy may help to redefine survival expectations for patients with blastic plasmacytoid dendritic cell neoplasm (BPDCN), according to data presented at the 2023 ASH Annual Mee...

Hematologic Malignancies

Age, Race, and Sex Found to Impact Survival Rates in Patients With BPDCN

Age, race, and sex have significant implications for survival rates of patients with blastic plasmacytoid dendritic cell neoplasm (BPDCN), according to data presented at the 2023 ASH Annual Meeting &a...

leukemia
lymphoma

William G. Wierda, MD, PhD, on Use of Pirtobrutinib for Richter Transformation: Updated Efficacy and Safety Results

William G. Wierda, MD, PhD, of The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, discusses results from the phase I/II BRUIN study, which shows encouraging response and overall survival in patients w...

hematologic malignancies
leukemia
lymphoma
myelodysplastic syndromes

Mikkael A. Sekeres, MD, on Therapies for Hematologic Cancers: Is More or Less Better?

Mikkael A. Sekeres, MD, of the Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, reviews key abstracts from ASH 2023 on treatment of myelofibrosis, chronic ly...

multiple myeloma

Darren Denjay Pan, MD, on Multiple Myeloma: Inflammatory Biomarkers and Outcomes After CAR T-Cell Therapy

Darren Denjay Pan, MD, of Tisch Cancer Institute and the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, discusses his findings on risk assessment of CAR T-cell therapy for patients with multiple myeloma. Hi...

multiple myeloma

Pieter Sonneveld, MD, PhD, on Newly Diagnosed Multiple Myeloma: Phase III Findings on Daratumumab Plus Bortezomib, Lenalidomide, and Dexamethasone

Pieter Sonneveld, MD, PhD, of the Netherland’s Erasmus MC Cancer Institute, discusses primary results from the Perseus trial, showing that for patients with newly diagnosed multiple myeloma who are el...

Leukemia

Combination Treatment That Skips Chemotherapy May Be Effective for Older Patients With Philadelphia Chromosome–Positive ALL

Older patients with Philadelphia chromosome–positive acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) who were not candidates for the standard treatment of intensive chemotherapy had a median overall survival of 6....

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