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Blood Tests Could Help Predict Which Patients With Lymphoma May Respond Poorly to CAR T-Cell Therapy

Researchers may have uncovered a novel strategy to identify which patients may experience poorer outcomes from chimeric antigen receptor (CAR) T-cell therapy prior to treatment, according to a recent study published by Faramand et al in Blood Cancer Discovery. The findings indicate opportunities to ...

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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 treatment of mantle cell lymphoma, as presented at the 2023 American Society of Hematology (ASH)...

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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 the 2023 American Society of Hematology (ASH) Annual Meeting & Exposition.1 Interim analysis...

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Lymphoma
Leukemia

Novel CAR NK-Cell Therapy May Offer Benefit in Patients With B-Cell Malignancies

A novel chimeric antigen receptor (CAR) natural killer (NK)-cell therapy may be effective at treating patients with relapsed or refractory B-cell malignancies, according to a novel study published by Marin et al in Nature Medicine. Study Methods and Results In the new phase I/II trial, researchers...

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Follicular Lymphoma: Long-Term Follow-up of Rituximab Dosing Strategies Among Patients With Low Tumor Burden

As reported in the Journal of Clinical Oncology by Brad S. Kahl, MD, and colleagues, long-term follow-up of the phase III Eastern Cooperative Oncology Group RESORT study (E4402) showed that rituximab maintenance did not improve overall survival vs rituximab retreatment in rituximab induction...

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Issues in Oncology

Investigators Highlight Characteristics Potentially Linked to Improved CAR T-Cell Therapy Outcomes in Large B-Cell Lymphoma

Investigators have assessed whether specific tumor characteristics were associated with improved outcomes in patients with large B-cell lymphoma who received chimeric antigen receptor (CAR) T-cell therapy, according to a recent study published by Locke et al in Nature Medicine. The findings may...

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MRD Status and Outcomes With Obinutuzumab- and Rituximab-Based Treatment in Follicular Lymphoma

In an analysis from the phase III GALLIUM study reported in the Journal of Clinical Oncology, Pott et al identified measurable residual disease (MRD) status and related outcomes among patients receiving obinutuzumab- and rituximab-based treatment for previously untreated follicular lymphoma. Study...

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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 transplantation may be associated with a lower relapse rate and improved progression-free survival compared with CAR T-cell therapy, including those with early treatment failure (Abstract 781).

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Rituximab Maintenance in Younger Patients With Mantle Cell Lymphoma: Long-Term Follow-up

In a long-term analysis from the LYMA trial reported in the Journal of Clinical Oncology, Sarkozy et al found that rituximab maintenance following autologous stem cell transplantation (ASCT) continued to be of benefit vs observation in the first-line treatment of younger patients with mantle cell...

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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 lymphoma, PD-1–based salvage therapy at any point before transplantation is associated with improved progression-free survival, compared with brentuximab vedotin or chemotherapy-based salvage regimens (Abstract 182).

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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-cell treatment, along with early relapse in most patients, allogeneic stem cell transplantation at response should also be considered, he says (Abstract 108).

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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 progression-free survival vs ibrutinib plus placebo in patients with relapsed or refractory mantle cell lymphoma. According to Dr. Wang, these findings demonstrate a favorable benefit-risk profile for ibrutinib plus venetoclax in this patient population (Abstract LBA2).

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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 (BTK) inhibitors in patients with chronic lymphocytic leukemia or small lymphocytic lymphoma (CLL/SLL). The results suggest that continuing BTK pathway inhibition following a covalent BTK inhibitor may be an important sequencing approach to consider in the treatment of CLL/SLL (Abstract 325).

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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 and event-free survival and seemed to be better tolerated than brentuximab vedotin plus AVD in patients aged 60 and older with advanced-stage Hodgkin lymphoma (Abstract 181).

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Cost of Care
Immunotherapy

Second-Line Lisocabtagene Maraleucel May Be More Cost-Effective Than Standard-Care DLBCL Therapy

The chimeric antigen receptor (CAR) T-cell therapy lisocabtagene maraleucel may be a cost-effective second-line treatment option in patients with relapsed or refractory diffuse large B-cell lymphoma (DLBCL), according to a recent study published by Choe et al in Blood Advances. Background In cases...

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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 with Richter transformation. Although this condition remains a challenging diagnosis, pirtobrutinib represents a potential treatment option that warrants further investigation, according to Dr. Wierda (Abstract 1737).

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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 lymphocytic leukemia, large B-cell lymphoma, and acute myeloid leukemia (Abstracts 620, 631, 781, 425).

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First-Line Treatment for Older Patients With Mantle Cell Lymphoma: Venetoclax Plus Standard Chemoimmunotherapy

The phase II PrE0405 trial met its primary endpoint, achieving a complete response rate of 85% in 33 patients with mantle cell lymphoma over age 60 who received bendamustine and rituximab, a standard chemoimmunotherapy regimen, along with venetoclax, which is investigational in this setting. The...

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Bijal D. Shah, MD, on Previously Treated Mantle Cell Lymphoma: New Findings on Brexucabtagene Autoleucel and Pirtobrutinib

Bijal D. Shah, MD, of Moffitt Cancer Center and Research Institute, discusses a matching-adjusted indirect comparison of brexucabtagene autoleucel and pirtobrutinib in patients with relapsed or refractory mantle cell lymphoma who have been previously treated with a BTK inhibitor (Abstract 5136).

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Jonathon B. Cohen, MD, on Mantle Cell Lymphoma: New Data on Pirtobrutinib

Jonathon B. Cohen, MD, of Winship Cancer Institute, Emory University, discusses safety and efficacy findings from the phase I/II BRUIN study. The trial found that pirtobrutinib continues to demonstrate durable efficacy and a favorable safety profile in heavily pretreated patients with relapsed or refractory mantle cell lymphoma (Abstract 981).

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Ibrutinib/Venetoclax in Relapsed/Refractory Mantle Cell Lymphoma

Patients with relapsed or refractory mantle cell lymphoma who received ibrutinib in combination with venetoclax experienced significantly better rates of progression-free survival compared with patients who received ibrutinib and placebo, according to findings from the international phase III...

Lymphoma
Issues in Oncology

Novel CAR T-Cell Therapy May Show Early Efficacy in Patients With Relapsed or Refractory B-Cell Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma

Early results from a new study have demonstrated that the novel chimeric antigen receptor (CAR) T-cell therapy AT101 resulted in favorable complete response rates at higher dose levels in patients with relapsed or refractory B-cell non-Hodgkin lymphoma, according to new findings simultaneously...

Lymphoma
Immunotherapy

CAR T-Cell Therapy Safe, Feasible for Patients With Lymphoma in Complete Remission Before Cell Therapy Begins

Data presented at the 2023 ASH Annual Meeting & Exposition suggest that chimeric antigen receptor (CAR) T-cell immunotherapy remains a viable option for patients who have lymphoma that goes into remission before the cell therapy begins (Abstract 615). While the findings do not answer the...

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Autologous Stem Cell Transplant vs CAR T-Cell Therapy in Patients With Relapsed LBCL in Complete Remission

For patients with large B-cell lymphoma (LBCL) who have an early relapse or whose cancer doesn’t respond to first-line treatment, randomized trials have shown that chimeric antigen receptor (CAR) T-cell therapy is superior to the historical standard of care, which included additional chemotherapy...

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Mantle Cell Lymphoma: Predictive Value of Measurable Residual Disease With Rituximab Maintenance

In an analysis from the European Mantle Cell Lymphoma Elderly Trial reported in the Journal of Clinical Oncology, Hoster et al found that outcomes with rituximab maintenance were better in patients aged ≥ 60 years with mantle cell lymphoma who had measurable residual disease (MRD)-negative vs...

Lymphoma
Cost of Care
Issues in Oncology

CAR T-Cell Therapy May Be Effective—but Unaffordable—as Second-Line Therapy for Patients With DLBCL

Investigators have found that chimeric antigen receptor (CAR) T-cell therapy may be an effective but unaffordable second-line treatment option for patients with relapsed diffuse large B-cell lymphoma (DLBCL), according to a recent study published by Kelkar et al in the Annals of Internal Medicine....

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Leukemia

FDA Grants Accelerated Approval to Pirtobrutinib for CLL/SLL

On December 1, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) granted accelerated approval to pirtobrutinib (Jaypirca) for adult patients with chronic lymphocytic leukemia or small lymphocytic lymphoma (CLL/SLL) who have received at least two prior lines of therapy, including a Bruton’s tyrosine...

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Effect of Bendamustine Prior to Apheresis on Outcomes in Large B-Cell Lymphoma Treated With CAR T-Cell Therapy

In a retrospective study reported in the Journal of Clinical Oncology, Iacoboni et al found that preapheresis bendamustine exposure was associated with poorer outcomes among patients with relapsed or refractory large B-cell lymphoma receiving CD19-targeted chimeric antigen receptor (CAR) T-cell...

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Lymphoma
Hematologic Malignancies

Nemtabrutinib May Provide Benefit in Patients With Relapsed Hematologic Malignancies

The BTK inhibitor nemtabrutinib may offer a new treatment option for patients with relapsed hematologic malignancies such as chronic lymphocytic leukemia and non-Hodgkin lymphoma, according to a recent study published by Woyach et al in Cancer Discovery. Background Hematologic malignancies are...

Lymphoma
Issues in Oncology

Novel Strategy May Improve Outcomes in Patients With Treatment-Resistant DLBCL

Researchers have found that a DNA repair–facilitating mechanism may be responsible for a tumor’s treatment resistance and could be treated with a combination of chemotherapies, according to a recent study published by Marullo et al in Cancer Research. The mechanism involves the shuttling of...

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CNS Prophylaxis With High-Dose Methotrexate in High-Risk Aggressive B-Cell Lymphoma

In a retrospective study reported in the Journal of Clinical Oncology, Lewis et al found that prophylactic high-dose methotrexate did not appear to offer a clinically meaningful reduction in risk of central nervous system (CNS) disease progression in patients with high-risk aggressive B-cell...

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Finding a New Life Purpose After Cancer

In the summer of 2012, I was living my dream. At 28 years old, I had gone from an impoverished childhood in South Central Los Angeles to the high life in the city of Los Angeles. Unable to afford to go to college, an after-school program helped launch me into a career in the hospitality industry. I ...

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Understanding the Treatment of Waldenström’s Macroglobulinemia

Waldenström’s macroglobulinemia is a rare and incurable low-grade B-cell lymphoproliferative disease defined by specific genotypic subtypes that have implications for treatment response and long-term outcomes. Treatment—and there is no established standard—is mainly focused on controlling symptoms...

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Pancreatic Cancer

Instinct and Perseverance Helped Save Me From Two Cancers

My intuition about my health has served me well over the past 10 years, possibly even saving my life from two serious cancers. In 2013, I was diagnosed with follicular lymphoma. I believe that my awareness of changes in my body led to its early discovery. One evening, after exercising at the gym...

Lymphoma
Immunotherapy

DLBCL: Benefit From Polatuzumab Vedotin–Containing Regimens Based on Cell-of-Origin Subtype

In an analysis reported in a letter to the editor in The New England Journal of Medicine, Palmer et al identified evidence that polatuzumab vedotin-piiq–containing regimens were preferentially effective among patients with diffuse large B-cell lymphoma (DLBCL) with activated B cell (ABC) vs...

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Lymphoma

CLL/SLL: Efficacy of CD19-Directed CAR T-Cell Therapy in Relapsed or Refractory Disease

In a phase I/II study (TRANSCEND CLL 004) reported in The Lancet, Tanya Siddiqi, MD, and colleagues found evidence of activity with the CD19-directed chimeric antigen receptor (CAR) T-cell therapy lisocabtagene maraleucel in patients with relapsed or refractory chronic lymphocytic leukemia...

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Follicular Lymphoma: Novel Drug Combination Shows Benefit

In a phase II trial (ROSEWOOD) reported in the Journal of Clinical Oncology, Zinzani et al found that the addition of zanubrutinib to obinutuzumab significantly improved objective response rate among patients with relapsed or refractory follicular lymphoma. Study Details In the open-label trial,...

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Cardio-oncology

Effect of Atorvastatin on Cardiac Dysfunction in Patients Receiving Anthracyclines for Lymphoma

In a study (STOP-CA) reported in JAMA, Neilan et al found that atorvastatin reduced the risk of decreased left ventricular ejection fraction (LVEF) in patients receiving anthracycline-based chemotherapy for the treatment of lymphoma. Study Details In the U.S.-Canadian double-blind trial, 300...

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Expert Point of View: Alexey Danilov, MD, PhD

Alexey Danilov, MD, PhD, Co-Director, Toni Stephenson Lymphoma Center and Professor, Division of Lymphoma, Department of Hematology & Hematopoietic Cell Transplantation, City of Hope, Duarte, California, commented on the phase III ALPINE trial comparing ibrutinib and zanubrutinib in patients...

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Lymphoma

Is Zanubrutinib Poised to Become a New Standard of Care in Relapsed or Refractory CLL and SLL?

The next-generation Bruton’s tyrosine kinase (BTK) inhibitor zanubrutinib demonstrated superior progression-free survival compared with ibrutinib, with an improved cardiac safety profile, in the first head-to-head comparison between these two BTK inhibitors in relapsed or refractory chronic...

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CAR T-Cell Therapy vs Chemoimmunotherapy in Second-Line Treatment of Resistant Large B-Cell Lymphoma

New research has confirmed the superiority of lisocabtagene maraleucel over the standard of care for the second-line treatment of primary refractory or early relapsed large B-cell lymphoma, according to data presented by lead study author Jeremy S. Abramson, MD, Associate Professor of Medicine at...

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Expert Point of View: Julio Chavez, MD

Julio Chavez, MD, a hematologist at Moffitt Cancer Center, Tampa, Florida, commented on the updated results from the MAGNOLIA trial. “MAGNOLIA was a phase II trial that included patients with marginal zone lymphoma after one or more prior lines of therapy. At the ASH meeting, we heard updated...

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MAGNOLIA Trial: Zanubrutinib Yields High Response Rates With Low Rate of Cardiac Events in Marginal Zone Lymphoma

Zanubrutinib—a next-generation Bruton’s tyrosine kinase (BTK) inhibitor—achieved high response rates and durable disease control with a low incidence of cardiac effects in patients with relapsed or refractory marginal zone lymphoma, according to updated findings from the final analysis of the phase ...

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SWOG S1826: Nivolumab Plus AVD Surpasses Standard-of-Care Combination Regimen in Patients With Advanced Hodgkin Lymphoma

The addition of nivolumab, an immune checkpoint inhibitor, to chemotherapy significantly improved progression-free survival in adults and children with advanced classical Hodgkin lymphoma with reduced toxicity compared with standard-of-care brentuximab vedotin plus chemotherapy, according to the...

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ZUMA-7: Primary Overall Survival Analysis Supports Axicabtagene Ciloleucel as Second-Line Therapy in Advanced Lymphoma

In the primary overall survival analysis of ZUMA-7, second-line treatment with axicabtagene ciloleucel significantly improved overall survival compared with high-dose therapy plus autologous stem cell transplantation (auto-HCT) in patients with early relapsed or refractory large B-cell lymphoma....

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Long-Term Outcomes With Zanubrutinib vs Ibrutinib in Symptomatic Waldenström’s Macroglobulinemia

Details of the final analysis of the phase III ASPEN trial, which compared zanubrutinib and ibrutinib in symptomatic patients with Waldenström’s macroglobulinemia, were published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology by Meletios A. Dimopoulos, MD, and colleagues. The study supported the September...

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Matthew J. Frank, MD, PhD, on Large B-Cell Lymphoma: New Data on CD22 CAR T-Cell Therapy

Matthew J. Frank, MD, PhD, of Stanford University School of Medicine, discusses new findings showing that CD22 chimeric antigen receptor (CAR) T-cell therapy is an effective and safe salvage therapy for patients with CAR19-refractory large B-cell lymphoma. A multicenter phase II clinical trial is planned for 2023 (Abstract S230).

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Glofitamab-gxbm for Select Relapsed or Refractory Large B-Cell Lymphomas

On June 15, 2023, the bispecific CD20-directed CD3 T-cell engager glofitamab-gxbm was granted accelerated approval for relapsed or refractory diffuse large B-cell lymphoma (DLBCL)–not otherwise specified or large B-cell lymphoma (LBCL) arising from follicular lymphoma after at least two lines of...

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Expert Point of View: Corey Speers, MD, PhD, and Julie R. Gralow, MD, FACP, FASCO

ASCO expert Corey Speers, MD, PhD, Professor of Radiation Oncology at the University Hospitals Seidman Cancer Center, Cleveland, provided thoughts on the IELSG37 trial at a press briefing. “The investigators should be congratulated for running the largest ever trial in primary mediastinal B-cell...

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Immunotherapy

Omitting Mediastinal Radiotherapy in Some Patients With Primary Mediastinal B-Cell Lymphoma After Immunochemotherapy

In the largest prospective study of patients with primary mediastinal B-cell lymphoma, radiation therapy was omitted in complete responders to immunochemotherapy without compromising outcomes. These findings were presented at the 2023 ASCO Annual Meeting.1 “Mediastinal radiotherapy may be safely...

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