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Impact of Expert Pathologic Review on Lymphoma Diagnoses

As reported in the Journal of Clinical Oncology by Laurent et al, expert review of lymphoma diagnoses in French patients resulted in a change in diagnosis in 19.4% of cases of noncutaneous disease. Study Details In the study, 42,145 samples from patients with newly diagnosed or suspected...

lymphoma

Pembrolizumab in Relapsed or Refractory Classical Hodgkin Lymphoma

As reported in the Journal of Clinical Oncology by Chen et al, the phase II KEYNOTE-087 trial has shown that the programmed cell death protein 1 (PD-1)–inhibitor pembrolizumab (Keytruda) is highly active in patients with relapsed or refractory classical Hodgkin lymphoma. Findings in the study ...

lymphoma

Long-Term Follow-up of German Hodgkin Study Group Trials in Early-Stage Hodgkin Lymphoma

In an article in the Journal of Clinical Oncology, Sasse et al reported long-term follow-up of German Hodgkin Study Group trials in early-stage favorable and unfavorable Hodgkin lymphoma. The updates cover the HD7 and HD10 trials in favorable disease and the HD8 and HD11 trials in unfavorable...

lymphoma

Lenalidomide Maintenance in Older Patients With Diffuse Large B-Cell Lymphoma

In the international phase III REMARC trial reported by Thieblemont et al in the Journal of Clinical Oncology, lenalidomide (Revlimid) maintenance was found to prolong progression-free survival vs placebo in older patients with diffuse large B-cell lymphoma responding to first-line R-CHOP...

lymphoma

Final Results of European Trial in Mucosa-Associated Lymphoid Tissue Lymphoma

The final results of the European phase III International Extranodal Lymphoma Study Group (IELSG)-19 trial, reported in the Journal of Clinical Oncology by Zucca et al, showed that event-free and progression-free survival were better with rituximab (Rituxan) plus chlorambucil vs either agent alone...

lymphoma

Final Results of European Intergroup Trial of Early PET-Adapted Treatment in Hodgkin Lymphoma

Final results of the phase III EORTC/LYSA/FIL H10 trial confirm the benefits of early positron-emission tomography (PET)-adapted treatment in patients with stage I or II Hodgkin lymphoma. The results were reported by André et al in the Journal of Clinical Oncology. Study Details The...

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Interleukin-15 Levels Associated With Lymphoma Response to CAR T-Cell Treatment

As reported by Kochenderfer et al in the Journal of Clinical Oncology, remission in patients with advanced lymphoma induced by treatment with chimeric antigen receptor (CAR) T cells targeting CD19 (CAR-19) is associated with elevated serum interleukin-15 (IL-15) levels. Study Details The study...

lymphoma

Leo I. Gordon, MD, on Hodgkin Lymphoma: Management Strategies

Leo I. Gordon, MD, of the Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center of Northwestern University, discusses novel immunomodulatory agents and standard treatment options for patients with relapsed or refractory Hodgkin lymphoma.

lymphoma

Risk of Second Cancer in Hodgkin Lymphoma Survivors

In a study in the Swedish population reported in the Journal of Clinical Oncology, Sud et al found an increased risk of second cancers in survivors of Hodgkin lymphoma. Risk was further augmented in those with first-degree relatives with a cancer diagnosis. Study Details The study used data from...

lymphoma

FDA Approves Pembrolizumab for Relapsed or Refractory Classical Hodgkin Lymphoma in Adult and Pediatric Patients

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved pembrolizumab (Keytruda), an anti–PD-1 (programmed cell death protein 1) therapy, for the treatment of adult and pediatric patients who have refractory classical Hodgkin lymphoma or have relapsed after three or more prior lines of...

lymphoma

Late Relapse of Classical Hodgkin Lymphoma in German Hodgkin Study Group Trials

In an analysis of German Hodgkin Study Group trials reported in the Journal of Clinical Oncology, Bröckelmann et al found that the cumulative incidence of late relapse in patients with classical Hodgkin lymphoma was 6.9% at 20 years and that late relapse was more common among those with...

lymphoma

Adding Rituximab to Standard Therapy in Interim PET–Positive Advanced Hodgkin Lymphoma

As reported in The Lancet Oncology by Borchmann et al, a phase III German Hodgkin Study Group trial in advanced Hodgkin lymphoma showed no progression-free survival benefit of adding rituximab (Rituxan) in patients with positive positron-emission tomography (PET) findings after two courses (PET-2)...

head and neck cancer
lymphoma
gastrointestinal cancer

Protein Component of the Epstein-Barr Virus May Promote the Development of Cancer

After an infection with the Epstein-Barr virus (EBV), the virus persists in the body throughout a person's lifetime, usually without causing any symptoms. About one-third of infected teenagers and young adults nevertheless develop infectious mononucleosis, which usually wears off after a few weeks. ...

lymphoma

Venetoclax Studied in Relapsed or Refractory Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma

The BCL-2 inhibitor venetoclax (Venclexta) was found to be active in patients with relapsed or refractory non-Hodgkin lymphoma (NHL), according to a phase I study reported by Davids et al in the Journal of Clinical Oncology. Further study of this agent, including in combination therapy to augment...

lymphoma

Low Loss of Residual Lifetime for Patients With DLBCL in Remission Who Were Event-Free 24 Months After Treatment

In a Danish population–based study reported in the Journal of Clinical Oncology, Jakobsen et al found that patients with diffuse large B-cell lymphoma (DLBCL) in first remission and event-free at 24 months after treatment have a low loss of residual lifetime compared with the general...

lymphoma

FDA Approves Ibrutinib in Relapsed/Refractory Marginal Zone Lymphoma

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) today approved ibrutinib (Imbruvica) for the treatment of patients with marginal zone lymphoma who require systemic therapy and have received at least one prior anti–CD20-based therapy. Accelerated approval was granted for this indication based on...

lymphoma

Clonal Hematopoiesis of Indeterminate Potential at Time of ASCT May Be Linked to Adverse Outcomes in Lymphoma

In a study reported in the Journal of Clinical Oncology, Gibson et al found that clonal hematopoiesis of indeterminate potential at the time of autologous stem cell transplantation (ASCT) in patients with lymphoma was associated with an increased risk of poorer outcomes. Study Details In the...

lymphoma

Ofatumumab vs Rituximab in Salvage Therapy for Relapsed or Refractory Diffuse Large B-Cell Lymphoma

The final results of the international phase III ORCHARD study, reported in the Journal of Clinical Oncology by van Imhoff et al, showed no difference in progression-free survival with the addition of ofatumumab (Arzerra) vs rituximab (Rituxan) to cisplatin, cytarabine, and dexamethasone (O-DHAP vs ...

leukemia
lymphoma

ASH 2016: Ibrutinib and TGR-1202 Combination Yields Encouraging Results in Patients With Relapsed Forms of Leukemia or Lymphoma

A combination of two targeted agents has demonstrated safety as well as encouraging signs of effectiveness in a phase I clinical trial in patients with relapsed or hard-to-treat chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL) or mantle cell lymphoma (MCL). Davids et al reported the findings at the 58th American ...

lymphoma

Robert E. Marcus, MD, on Follicular Lymphoma: Results From the GALLIUM Trial

Robert E. Marcus, MD, of Kings College Hospital, discusses study findings on obinutuzumab-based induction and maintenance in patients with previously untreated disease (Abstract 6).

lymphoma

Steven Le Gouill, MD, PhD, on Mantle Cell Lymphoma: Final Results From the LyMa Trial (French Language Version)

Steven Le Gouill, MD, PhD, of Nantes University Hospital and INSERM, discusses in French study findings from the Lysa/Goelams Group on rituximab maintenance after autologous stem cell transplantation in younger patients with mantle cell lymphoma (Abstract 145).

lymphoma

Catherine Thieblemont, MD, PhD, on DLBCL: Results From the Lysa Remarc Study (French Language Version)

Catherine Thieblemont, MD, PhD, of Hôpital Saint-Louis and INSERM, discusses in French phase III trial findings on lenalidomide maintenance in elderly patients with DLBCL treated with R-CHOP in the first-line setting (Abstract 471).

lymphoma

ASH 2016: KTE-C19 in Patients With Chemorefractory Primary Mediastinal B-Cell Lymphoma and Transformed Follicular Lymphoma

Immune cellular therapy is a promising new area of cancer treatment. Anticancer therapeutics, such as chimeric antigen receptor (CAR) modified T cells, can be engineered to target tumor-associated antigens to attack and kill cancer cells. Moffitt Cancer Center physician-scientist Fredrick L. Locke, ...

lymphoma

Steven Le Gouill, MD, PhD, on Mantle Cell Lymphoma: Final Results From the LyMa Trial

Steven Le Gouill, MD, PhD, of Nantes University Hospital and INSERM, discusses study findings from the Lysa/Goelams Group on rituximab maintenance after autologous stem cell transplantation in younger patients with mantle cell lymphoma (Abstract 145).

lymphoma

Syed A. Abutalib, MD, and Alex F. Herrera, MD, on Double-Hit and Double-Expressor Lymphomas: A Retrospective Analysis

Syed A. Abutalib, MD, of Cancer Treatment Centers of America, and Alex F. Herrera, MD, of City of Hope National Medical Center, discuss study findings that suggest allogeneic stem cell transplantation may overcome the chemoresistance of double-hit/double-expressor tumors (Abstract 830).

lymphoma
geriatric oncology

Catherine Thieblemont, MD, PhD, and Julie Vose, MD, MBA, on DLBCL: Results From the Lysa Remarc Study

Catherine Thieblemont, MD, PhD, of Hôpital Saint-Louis and INSERM, and Julie Vose, MD, MBA, of the University of Nebraska Medical Center, discuss phase III trial findings on lenalidomide maintenance in elderly patients with DLBCL treated with R-CHOP in the first-line setting (Abstract 471).

lymphoma

Laurie H. Sehn, MD, MPH, on Follicular Lymphoma: Choosing the Best Target

Laurie H. Sehn, MD, MPH, of the British Columbia Cancer Agency, discusses agents in the pipeline for follicular lymphoma, including drugs targeting the immune microenvironment, novel monoclonal antibodies, and emerging immunotherapeutics.

lymphoma

Umberto Vitolo, MD, and Sagar Lonial, MD, on DLBCL: Final Results From the GOYA Trial

Umberto Vitolo, MD, of Città della Salute e della Scienza Hospital and University, and Sagar Lonial, MD, of Emory University, discuss study findings on obinutuzumab or rituximab plus CHOP in patients with previously untreated diffuse large B-cell lymphoma (Abstract 470).

lymphoma

Jonathon Cohen, MD, and Sagar Lonial, MD, on DLBCL: Results of the CALGB/Alliance 50303 Trial

Jonathon Cohen, MD, and Sagar Lonial, MD, both of Emory University, discuss study findings on R-CHOP vs DA-EPOCH-R and molecular analysis of untreated diffuse large B-cell lymphoma (Abstract 469).

lymphoma

FDA Grants sBLA to Pembrolizumab for the Treatment of Relapsed or Refractory Classical Hodgkin Lymphoma

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has accepted for review the supplemental Biologics License Application (sBLA) for pembrolizumab (Keytruda), an anti–programmed cell death protein 1 (PD-1) therapy, for the treatment of patients with refractory classical Hodgkin lymphoma or for...

lymphoma

Center for Leukemia and Lymphoma Research at UNMC Renamed Dr. James O. Armitage Center for Leukemia and Lymphoma Research

The University of Nebraska Board of Regents voted to rename an area of the University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC) in honor of a longtime professor who has made extraordinary contributions to the institution. The Center for Leukemia and Lymphoma Research, established in 2003, was renamed by...

lymphoma

Enrollment Completed for Phase III ECHELON-2 Clinical Trial Evaluating Front-Line Brentuximab Vedotin in Mature T-Cell Lymphoma

Seattle Genetics, Inc, and Takeda Pharmaceutical Company Limited have announced completion of patient enrollment in the ECHELON-2 clinical trial. ECHELON-2 is a global phase III randomized trial evaluating brentuximab vedotin (Adcetris) as part of a front-line combination chemotherapy regimen in...

lymphoma

Daratumumab Produces Sustained Remission in a Patient With Refractory Extranodal NK Cell–T-Cell Lymphoma

In a letter to the editor in The New England Journal of Medicine, Hari et al described a sustained response to the anti-CD38 antibody daratumumab (Darzalex) in a patient with relapsed, refractory nasal-type extranodal natural killer (NK) cell–T-cell lymphoma. In September 2014, a 56-year-old ...

lymphoma

Poorer Outcomes Reported After ASCT in Double-Hit and Double-Expressor Relapsed and Refractory Lymphomas

Patients with double-hit and double-expressor relapsed/refractory diffuse large B-cell lymphomas have poorer outcomes after autologous stem cell transplantation (ASCT), according to the findings of a retrospective analysis reported by Herrera et al in the Journal of Clinical Oncology. Double-hit...

lymphoma

Study Finds Increased Risk for Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma in HIV-Infected Patients

In the HIV-negative population, there is growing evidence suggesting that chronic hepatitis B virus (HBV) and hepatitis C virus (HCV) are both associated with the development of non-Hodgkin lymphoma (NHL), although the mechanisms underlying this association remain unclear. The incidence rate of NHL ...

lymphoma

Teresa Calimeri, MD, PhD, on DLBCL: Findings on High-Dose Methotrexate (Italian Language Version)

Teresa Calimeri, MD, PhD, of San Raffaele Hospital, discusses in Italian high-dose methotrexate as a CNS prophylaxis, shown to significantly improve outcome in patients with high-risk diffuse large B-cell lymphoma. (Abstract 908O)

lymphoma

Impact of Severe Fatigue on Treatment Outcome and Social Reintegration in Hodgkin Lymphoma

Severe cancer-related fatigue was associated with poorer clinical outcomes in patients receiving standard therapies for Hodgkin lymphoma and poorer social reintegration, according to an analysis of data from German Hodgkin Study Group trials reported in the Journal of Clinical Oncology by Behringer ...

lymphoma

Teresa Calimeri, MD, PhD, on DLBCL: Findings on High-Dose Methotrexate

Teresa Calimeri, MD, PhD, of San Raffaele Hospital, discusses high-dose methotrexate as a CNS prophylaxis, shown to significantly improve outcome in patients with high-risk diffuse large B-cell lymphoma. (Abstract 908O)

lymphoma

Richard T. Hoppe, MD, on Lymphoma: Improving Outcomes

Richard T. Hoppe, MD, of Stanford University, summarizes a session on improving outcomes by enhancing old and new indications in follicular lymphoma and Hodgkin lymphoma. (Scientific Session 5)

lymphoma

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 ...

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

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,...

lymphoma

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

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),...

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.

lymphoma

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.

lymphoma

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.

lymphoma

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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