James O. Armitage, MD, FACP, FRCP, and Hagop M. Kantarjian, MD, on Advances in the Treatment of ALL
2014 ASH Annual Meeting
James O. Armitage, MD, FACP, FRCP, of the University of Nebraska Medical Center, and Hagop M. Kantarjian, MD, of The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, discuss the diagnosis and genetics of ALL, differences in treating younger and older patients, and the latest data on the use of tyrosine kinase inhibitors, monoclonal antibodies, and CAR T cells.
Hagop Kantarjian, MD, of The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, offers his thoughts on abstract 797, “First Results of the Multicenter Total Therapy Gimema LAL 1509 Protocol for De Novo Adult Philadelphia Chromosome–Positive Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia Patients,” presented by Sabina Chiaretti, MD, PhD, and abstract 798, “Nilotinib and Chemotherapy for First-Line Treatment in Elderly Patients with De Novo Philadelphia Chromosome/BCR-ABL1–Positive Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL): A Trial of the European Working Group for Adult ALL (EWALL-PH-02),” presented by Oliver G. Ottman, MD.
Alan F. List, MD, of Moffitt Cancer Center and the University of South Florida, and James O. Armitage, MD, FACP, FRCP, of the University of Nebraska Medical Center, discuss the biology and diagnostic criteria for myelodysplastic syndrome, as well as advances in the disease presented at the 56th ASH Annual Meeting.
Hagop Kantarjian, MD, of The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, offers his thoughts on abstract 379, “BLAST: A Confirmatory, Single-Arm, Phase II Study of Blinatumomab, a Bispecific T-Cell Engager (BiTE) Antibody Construct, in Patients With Minimal Residual Disease B-Precursor Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia,” and abstract 3704, “An Evaluation of Molecular Response in a Phase II Open-Label, Multicenter Confirmatory Study in Patients With Relapsed/Refractory B-Precursor Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia Receiving Treatment With the BiTE Antibody Construct Blinatumomab,” presented by Nicola Gökbuget, MD.