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James O. Armitage, MD, FACP, FRCP, of the University of Nebraska Medical Center, and Bertrand Coiffier, MD, PhD, of the Centre Hospitalier Lyon-Sud discuss three French studies on rituximab maintenance vs wait and watch after R-DHAP in mantle cell lymphoma; R-CHOP with or without radiotherapy in diffuse large B-cell lymphoma; and romidepsin and CHOP in peripheral T-cell lymphoma.

Leukemia

James O. Armitage, MD, FACP, FRCP, and Hagop M. Kantarjian, MD, on Advances in the Treatment of ALL

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.

Leukemia

Hagop Kantarjian, MD, on CAR T Cells in Relapsed/Refractory ALL

Hagop Kantarjian, MD, of The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, offers his thoughts on abstract 380, “T Cells Engineered with a Chimeric Antigen Receptor (CAR)-Targeting CD19 (CTL019) Have Long Term Persistence and Induce Durable Remissions in Children With Relapsed, Refractory ALL,” presented by Stephan A. Grupp, MD, PhD; abstract 381, “Intent-to-Treat Results of a Phase I Trial of CD19 Chimeric Antigen Receptor Engineered T Cells Using a Consistent Treatment Regimen Reveals a 67% Complete Response Rate in Relapsed, Refractory Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia,” presented by Daniel W. Lee III, MD; and abstract 382, “CD19-Targeted 19-28z CAR Modified Autologous T Cells Induce High Rates of Complete Remission and Durable Responses in Adult Patients With Relapsed, Refractory B-Cell ALL,” presented by Jae H. Park, MD.

Myelodysplastic Syndromes

Alan F. List, MD, and James O. Armitage, MD, FACP, FRCP, on Advances in Myelodysplastic Syndrome

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.

Hematologic Malignancies

Ayalew Tefferi, MD, on New Models of Prognostication for Myelofibrosis

Ayalew Tefferi, MD, of the Mayo Clinic, on abstract 403, “A Compendium of Cytogenetic Abnormalities in Myelofibrosis: Molecular and Phenotypic Correlates in 826 Patients;” abstract 406, “Integration of Mutations and Karyotype Towards a Genetics-Based Prognostic Scoring System (GPSS) for Primary Myelofibrosis;” and abstract 405, “Mutation-Enhanced International Prognostic Scoring System (MIPSS) for Primary Myelofibrosis: An AGIMM & IWG-MRT Project.”

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