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Lymphoma
Immunotherapy

FDA Approves New Label Update for CAR T-Cell Therapy Axicabtagene Ciloleucel

On January 31, the FDA approved an update to the prescribing information for axicabtagene ciloleucel (Yescarta) to include use of prophylactic corticosteroids across all approved indications. Axicabtagene ciloleucel is now the first and only chimeric antigen receptor (CAR) T-cell therapy with...

Lymphoma

PET-Based De-escalation Strategy for Previously Untreated Advanced Hodgkin Lymphoma

As reported in the Journal of Clinical Oncology by Casasnovas et al, final results of the phase III AHL2011 Lymphoma Association Study showed continued similarity of progression-free and overall survival over long-term follow-up with positron-emission tomography (PET)-based de-escalation of...

Leukemia
Lymphoma
Immunotherapy

Rituximab Plus Chemotherapy for Pediatric Mature B-Cell Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma and Mature B-Cell Acute Leukemia

On December 2, 2021, rituximab was approved for use in combination with chemotherapy for pediatric patients (≥ 6 months to 18 years) with previously untreated, advanced-stage, CD20-positive diffuse large B-cell lymphoma, Burkitt lymphoma, Burkitt-like lymphoma, or mature B-cell acute leukemia.1...

Lymphoma
Immunotherapy

BELINDA Trial: CAR T-Cell Therapy Fails to Improve Outcomes in Aggressive Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma

The autologous chimeric antigen receptor (CAR) T-cell therapy tisagenlecleucel failed to improve event-free survival vs standard-of-care treatment strategies in patients with aggressive, relapsed or refractory non-Hodgkin lymphoma (NHL), according to results of the phase III BELINDA trial,...

Lymphoma

Mosunetuzumab Meets Primary Endpoint of Phase II Trial in Relapsed or Refractory Follicular Lymphoma

The bispecific antibody mosunetuzumab achieved deep and durable remissions as monotherapy in patients with relapsed or refractory follicular lymphoma, according to the results of a pivotal phase II trial presented at the 2021 American Society of Hematology (ASH) Annual Meeting & Exposition.1 In ...

Lymphoma

POLARIX: Addition of Polatuzumab Vedotin-piiq to Standard of Care Significantly Reduces Progression of Diffuse Large B-Cell Lymphoma

As a first-line treatment of inter-mediate- or high-risk diffuse large B-cell lymphoma, the addition of the antibody-drug conjugate polatuzumab vedotin-piiq to standard-of-care therapy resulted in a 27% reduction in the relative risk of disease progression, relapse, or death, with a similar safety...

Lymphoma

Lisocabtagene Maraleucel Improves Outcomes in Relapsed or Refractory Large B-Cell Lymphoma

Chimeric antigen receptor (CAR) T-cell therapy with lisocabtagene maraleucel could prove to be the new standard-of-care treatment for patients with relapsed or refractory large B-cell lymphoma in the second-line setting, according to data presented at the 2021 American Society of Hematology (ASH)...

Lymphoma

ZUMA-7: Axicabtagene Ciloleucel Quadruples Event-Free Survival in Large B-Cell Lymphoma

In the primary analysis of the phase III ZUMA-7 trial, examining second-line therapy for relapsed or refractory large B-cell lymphoma, the CAR T-cell therapy axicabtagene ciloleucel led to a fourfold increase in event-free survival over the standard of care. These findings were presented at the...

lymphoma

Tycel Phillips, MD, on Marginal Zone Lymphoma: Efficacy and Safety of Parsaclisib

Tycel Phillips, MD, of the Rogel Cancer Center, University of Michigan, discusses phase II findings from the CITADEL-204 study of parsaclisib, a next-generation inhibitor of phosphatidylinositol 3-kinase. The agent, used as a monotherapy, appeared to benefit patients with relapsed or refractory marginal zone lymphoma who had a rapid and durable clinical response (Abstract 44).

lymphoma
immunotherapy

Manali Kamdar, MD, on Large B-Cell Lymphoma: Lisocabtagene Maraleucel vs the Standard of Care

Manali Kamdar, MD, of the University of Colorado Cancer Center, discusses phase III results from the TRANSFORM study, which suggest that lisocabtagene maraleucel, a CD19-directed CAR T-cell therapy, improved outcomes with a favorable safety profile and may be a potential new standard of care for second-line treatment of patients with relapsed or refractory large B-cell lymphoma (Abstract 91).

Lymphoma

Response-Adapted Omission of Radiotherapy and Comparison of Consolidation Therapy in Pediatric Classical Hodgkin Lymphoma

In analyses from the European EuroNet-PHL-C1 study reported in The Lancet Oncology, Mauz-Körholz et al found that radiotherapy could be omitted in pediatric patients with intermediate- or advanced-stage classical Hodgkin lymphoma who had adequate response to induction with OEPA (vincristine,...

Lymphoma
Immunotherapy

Bispecific Antibody Mosunetuzumab in Relapsed or Refractory B-Cell Lymphomas

In a phase I study reported in the Journal of Clinical Oncology, L. Elizabeth Budde, MD, PhD, and colleagues found that the CD20-CD3 bispecific antibody mosunetuzumab produced durable responses in patients with relapsed or refractory aggressive and indolent B-cell non-Hodgkin lymphomas....

lymphoma
genomics/genetics

Joe Schroers-Martin, MD, on Follicular Lymphoma: Precursor Mutations May Be Detectable Years Before Diagnosis

Joe Schroers-Martin, MD, of Stanford University, discusses his latest study findings, which show that follicular lymphoma driver mutations are detectable in blood and saliva years prior to a clinical diagnosis. These data build on previous work and suggest that researchers may be able to stratify people at elevated risk of clinical malignancy (Abstract 709).

Lymphoma
Immunotherapy

Polatuzumab Vedotin-piiq Plus R-CHP vs R-CHOP for Previously Untreated Patients With DLBCL

In the phase III POLARIX trial reported in The New England Journal of Medicine, Tilly et al found that polatuzumab vedotin-piiq plus R-CHP (rituximab, cyclophosphamide, doxorubicin, and prednisone) significantly improved progression-free survival vs R-CHOP (rituximab, cyclophosphamide, doxorubicin, ...

Lymphoma
Immunotherapy

Second-Line Tisagenlecleucel vs Standard of Care in Aggressive B-Cell Lymphoma

As reported in The New England Journal of Medicine by Bishop et al, the phase III BELINDA trial showed no improvement in event-free survival with second-line tisagenlecleucel vs standard of care including salvage chemotherapy and autologous hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT) in patients ...

Lymphoma
Genomics/Genetics
Immunotherapy

Effect of TP53 Alterations on Outcomes of CD19-Targeted CAR T-Cell Therapy for Patients With Large B-Cell Lymphoma

In a single-center retrospective study reported in the Journal of Clinical Oncology, Shouval et al found that the presence of TP53 alterations was associated with poorer outcomes in patients treated with CD19-targeted chimeric antigen receptor (CAR) T-cell therapy (CD19–CAR-T) for relapsed or...

lymphoma
immunotherapy

Roni Shouval, MD, PhD, on TP53-Mutant Large B-Cell Lymphoma and CAR T-Cell Therapy

Roni Shouval, MD, PhD, of Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, discusses his findings, which show, for the first time, that TP53 alterations are a valuable prognostic and potentially predictive marker in patients with large B-cell lymphoma who receive CD19–CAR T-cell therapy. Gene-expression profiling suggests that TP53 alterations result in an immunosuppressive tumor microenvironment and impaired apoptosis signaling, which could lead to decreased CAR T-cell therapy efficacy (Abstract 710).

lymphoma
immunotherapy

Michael R. Bishop, MD, on Aggressive B-Cell NHL: Tisagenlecleucel vs Standard of Care as Second-Line Therapy

Michael R. Bishop, MD, of the University of Chicago, discusses insights from findings of the phase III BELINDA study, which may inform the design of future CAR T-cell trials, as well as the use of second-line tisagenlecleucel therapy in patients with relapsed or refractory aggressive B-cell non-Hodgkin lymphoma (Abstract LBA-6).

Lymphoma
Immunotherapy

ZUMA-5 Trial: Axicabtagene Ciloleucel in Relapsed or Refractory Indolent Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma

As reported in The Lancet Oncology by Caron A. Jacobson, MD, and colleagues, the phase II ZUMA-5 trial showed that axicabtagene ciloleucel, an autologous anti-CD19 chimeric antigen receptor (CAR) T-cell therapy, produced high rates of durable responses in patients with relapsed or refractory...

Lymphoma

POLARIX: Pola-R-CHP vs R-CHOP for Previously Untreated Patients With DLBCL

The POLARIX study found patients with diffuse large B-cell lymphoma (DLBCL) had a significantly higher likelihood of survival without disease progression 2 years after receiving a new drug combination known as pola-R-CHP (polatuzumab vedotin-piiq with rituximab, cyclophosphamide, doxorubicin, and...

Lymphoma
Immunotherapy

BELINDA Study: Second-Line Tisagenlecleucel Equivalent to Standard of Care for Relapsed or Refractory Aggressive B-Cell Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma

In an analysis of the phase III BELINDA trial presented by Bishop et al during the 2021 American Society of Hematology (ASH) Annual Meeting & Exposition (Abstract LBA-6), the chimeric antigen receptor (CAR) T-cell therapy tisagenlecleucel was not found to improve event-free survival over the...

Lymphoma

ZUMA-7 Primary Analysis: Second-Line Axicabtagene Ciloleucel Quadruples Event-Free Survival in Large B-Cell Lymphoma

In the primary analysis of the phase III ZUMA-7 trial, the chimeric antigen receptor (CAR) T-cell therapy axicabtagene ciloleucel led to a fourfold increase in event-free survival over the standard of care in the second-line treatment of relapsed or refractory large B-cell lymphoma, according to...

Lymphoma

Addition of Romidepsin to CHOP in Previously Untreated Patients With Peripheral T-Cell Lymphoma

As reported in the Journal of Clinical Oncology by Bachy et al, the Lymphoma Study Association phase III Ro-CHOP trial showed no progression-free survival benefit with the addition of the histone deacetylase inhibitor romidepsin to CHOP (cyclophosphamide, doxorubicin, vincristine, and prednisone)...

lymphoma

Daniel A. Ermann, MD, on DLBCL: Outcomes With Consolidative Radiation Therapy

Daniel A. Ermann, MD, of the Huntsman Cancer Institute, University of Utah, discusses results from the largest retrospective study on outcomes utilizing radiotherapy in early-stage diffuse large B-cell lymphoma. Adding radiation to front-line multiagent chemotherapy was associated with a survival benefit for all patients with early-stage disease. An overall survival benefit was seen with the addition of radiation to front-line multiagent chemotherapy for patients with nodal involvement and those with specific extranodal involvement in the testes, thyroid, skin and soft tissue, and head and neck (Abstract 49).

lymphoma
immunotherapy

L. Elizabeth Budde, MD, PhD, on Relapsed/Refractory Follicular Lymphoma: Early Results on Mosunetuzumab Monotherapy

L. Elizabeth Budde, MD, PhD, of City of Hope, discusses phase I/II findings that showed mosunetuzumab monotherapy induces deep and durable remissions in patients with relapsed or refractory follicular lymphoma who have received two or more prior lines of treatment, including those with double-refractory disease. Because follicular lymphoma is associated with frequent relapses and decreasing progression-free intervals with successive lines of conventional therapy, these data are encouraging (Abstract 127).

Lymphoma
Immunotherapy

TRANSFORM Trial: Lisocabtagene Maraleucel vs Standard of Care for Relapsed or Refractory Large B-Cell Lymphoma

An interim analysis of the TRANSFORM trial comparing the chimeric antigen receptor (CAR) T-cell immunotherapy lisocabtagene maraleucel to standard of care found that the CAR T-cell therapy significantly improved event-free survival for patients with large B-cell lymphoma that persisted or returned...

Lymphoma
Immunotherapy

Activity of Mosunetuzumab in Pretreated Patients With Relapsed or Refractory Follicular Lymphoma

The bispecific antibody mosunetuzumab achieved deep and durable remissions as monotherapy in patients with relapsed or refractory follicular lymphoma who had received two or more prior lines of therapy, according to pivotal results of a phase I/II trial presented at the 2021 American Society of...

Lymphoma

Potential Impact of Nurse Navigation Program in Achieving Equitable Care and Outcomes in Patients With Aggressive Large B-Cell Lymphoma

In a single-institution study reported in the journal Cancer, and reviewed in the September 10, 2021, issue of The ASCO Post, Bei Hu, MD, and colleagues from Levine Cancer Institute/Atrium Health found that the use of a dedicated nurse navigation program aided in producing similar patterns of...

Leukemia
Lymphoma
Immunotherapy

FDA Approves Rituximab Plus Chemotherapy for Several Pediatric Hematologic Malignancies

On December 2, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved rituximab (Rituxan) in combination with chemotherapy for pediatric patients (≥ 6 months to < 18 years old) with previously untreated, advanced-stage, CD20-positive diffuse large B-cell lymphoma (DLBCL), Burkitt lymphoma,...

Lymphoma

First-Line Ibrutinib/Rituximab in Patients With Mantle Cell Lymphoma Aged 65 and Older

In a single-institution phase II trial reported in the Journal of Clinical Oncology, Jain et al found that chemotherapy-free treatment with the combination of ibrutinib and rituximab produced high overall and complete response rates in patients with previously untreated mantle cell lymphoma aged ≥...

Lymphoma

High Response Rate With Venetoclax in Previously Treated Patients With Waldenström’s Macroglobulinemia

In a phase II study reported in the Journal of Clinical Oncology, Castillo et al found that venetoclax produced a high major response rate in previously treated patients with Waldenström’s macroglobulinemia. As stated by the investigators, “BCL2 is overexpressed and confers prosurvival signaling in ...

Lymphoma
Issues in Oncology

Possible Impact of Nurse Navigation Program in Achieving Equitable Care and Outcomes in Minority vs White Patients

In a single-institution study reported in Cancer, Bei Hu, MD, of the Department of Hematologic Oncology and Blood Disorders, Levine Cancer Institute/Atrium Health in Charlotte, and colleagues found that use of a dedicated nurse navigation program contributed to redressing the recognized inequities...

Lymphoma
Immunotherapy

Newer Agents on the Horizon for Refractory or Relapsed DLBCL

Although treating patients with relapsed or refractory diffuse large B-cell lymphoma (DLBCL) remains challenging, some newer therapies on the horizon offer promise, including bispecific antibodies, anti-CD47 antibodies, antibody-drug conjugates, and chimeric antigen receptor (CAR) T-cell therapy,...

Lymphoma

Rituximab Maintenance vs Response-Adapted Postinduction Strategy in Advanced Follicular Lymphoma

In an Italian phase III trial (FOLL12) reported in the Journal of Clinical Oncology, Luminari et al found that a response-adapted postinduction strategy resulted in poorer progression-free survival vs standard rituximab maintenance in patients with previously untreated advanced follicular lymphoma...

leukemia
lymphoma

Jennifer A. Woyach, MD, on CLL/SLL: Using Minimal Residual Disease Assessment in Clinical Practice

Jennifer A. Woyach, MD, of The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center, talks about whether modifications of treatment based on minimal residual disease is beneficial to patients with chronic lymphocytic leukemia and small lymphocytic lymphoma.

Lymphoma

Ibrutinib Plus R-CHOP for Younger Patients With DLBCL

New evidence suggests that adding the Bruton's tyrosine kinase (BTK) inhibitor ibrutinib to a standard chemotherapy regimen may improve survival among younger people with a specific form of diffuse large B-cell lymphoma (DLBCL). The findings, published by Wyndham Wilson, MD, PhD, in Cancer Cell,...

Lymphoma
Survivorship

Study Finds Younger B-Cell Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma Survivors May Have a Higher Risk of Age-Related Diseases Than Older Survivors

Non-Hodgkin lymphoma is one of the most common cancers diagnosed in the United States, accounting for nearly 4% of all cancers. This year, about 81,600 individuals will be diagnosed with non-Hodgkin lymphoma, and nearly 21,000 will die from the cancer. A study by Ocier et al published in Cancer...

Lymphoma
Head and Neck Cancer
Solid Tumors
Genomics/Genetics
Gynecologic Cancers
Skin Cancer
Immunotherapy

FDA Pipeline: Novel Treatments in Lymphoma, Nasopharyngeal Cancer, Solid Tumors, and More

Recently, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) granted Priority Review to agents for several kinds of lymphoma, as well as nasopharyngeal cancer; a Breakthrough Therapy designation for a treatment for patients with NTRK-positive advanced solid tumors; and Fast Track designation for...

Lymphoma

Zanubrutinib for Relapsed or Refractory Marginal Zone Lymphoma

On September 14, 2021, the Bruton’s tyrosine kinase inhibitor zanubrutinib was granted accelerated approval for adults with relapsed or refractory marginal zone lymphoma (MZL) who have had at least one prior anti-CD20–based regimen.1 Supporting Efficacy Data  Approval was based on findings in the...

Lymphoma

Final Analysis of iNNOVATE: Addition of Ibrutinib to Rituximab for Waldenström’s Macroglobulinemia

As reported in the Journal of Clinical Oncology by Buske et al, the final analysis of the pivotal phase III iNNOVATE trial has shown a continued progression-free survival benefit with the addition of ibrutinib to rituximab in patients with Waldenström’s macroglobulinemia after 50 months of...

Lymphoma
Immunotherapy

Tackling a Growing Need: Options After CAR T-Cell Therapy for Lymphoma

For aggressive B-cell lymphomas, chimeric antigen receptor (CAR) T-cell therapy saves lives, but relapse remains common, and a second-line standard of care is lacking. During the 2021 Pan Pacific Lymphoma Conference, Grzegorz (Greg) S. Nowakowski, MD, Professor of Medicine and Oncology, Lymphoma...

Lymphoma

DA-EPOCH-R for Children and Adolescents With Newly Diagnosed Primary Mediastinal B-Cell Lymphoma

In a phase II trial reported in the Journal of Clinical Oncology, Burke et al found that dose-adjusted etoposide, doxorubicin, and cyclophosphamide with vincristine and prednisone plus rituximab (DA-EPOCH-R) did not improve event-free survival vs historical controls in children and adolescents with ...

Lymphoma
Immunotherapy

Axicabtagene Ciloleucel for Adult Patients With Primary Mediastinal B-Cell Lymphoma: Real-World Outcomes

In a retrospective cohort study reported in a research letter in Blood Advances, Jennifer L. Crombie, MD, and colleagues found that axicabtagene ciloleucel produced high overall and complete response rates in patients with primary mediastinal B-cell lymphoma. They also observed some evidence to...

lymphoma

Kieron M. Dunleavy, MD: Update on Primary Mediastinal B-Cell Lymphoma

Kieron M. Dunleavy, MD, of Georgetown University, offers insights into the latest data on treating patients with primary mediastinal B-cell lymphoma: the optimal regimen; whether radiotherapy or stem cell transplants are needed; new information on the biology of the disease; novel agents such as CAR T-cell therapy and immune checkpoint inhibitors, and incorporating them into upfront treatment.

Lymphoma
Geriatric Oncology

Older Adults With Primary CNS Lymphoma: Treatment Opportunities and Challenges

The ASCO Post is pleased to present the Hematology Expert Review, an ongoing feature that quizzes readers on issues in hematology. In this installment, Drs. Abutalib, Desai, and DeAngelis explore the treatment of older patients with primary central nervous system lymphoma (PCNSL), which pose...

Immunotherapy
Lymphoma

Lymphoid Malignancies: What’s Next for Antibody-Drug Conjugates?

Antibody-drug conjugates are improving outcomes of patients with lymphoma, often those who have exhausted treatment options after chimeric antigen receptor (CAR) T-cell therapy. Four available antibody-drug conjugates are in the clinic, with brentuximab vedotin moving into the front-line...

Lymphoma

Putting Radiotherapy to Best Use With CAR T-Cell Therapy in Lymphoma

The integration of radiation therapy into chimeric antigen receptor (CAR) T-cell therapy may improve outcomes for patients with relapsed or refractory lymphoma, according to Charles A. Enke, MD, Professor and the Bill Bures and Jerry Pabst Chair in Radiation Oncology at the Fred and Pamela Buffett...

Lymphoma

Bispecific Antibodies Find a Place in B-Cell Lymphoma Treatment

In relapsed or refractory B-cell lymphomas, bispecific T-cell engager antibodies are finding a place in the treatment algorithm, said Christopher Flowers, MD, MS, FASCO, Professor and Chair of the Department of Lymphoma/Myeloma at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston. At the...

Lymphoma
Immunotherapy

Long-Term Outcomes in JULIET Trial of Tisagenlecleucel for Relapsed or Refractory Aggressive B-Cell Lymphomas

As reported by Stephen J. Schuster, MD, and colleagues in The Lancet Oncology, long-term outcomes of the pivotal phase II JULIET trial showed overall and complete response rates of 53% and 39% in adult patients with relapsed or refractory aggressive B-cell lymphomas treated with the T-cell...

Lymphoma
Immunotherapy

Bispecific Antibody Epcoritamab in Relapsed or Refractory B-Cell Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma

In a phase I/II study reported in The Lancet, Hutchings et al found that the novel bispecific antibody epcoritamab produced high response rates in patients with relapsed or refractory B-cell non-Hodgkin lymphoma. Epcoritamab works by targeting CD3 and CD20 and inducing T-cell–mediated cytotoxic...

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