ASH 2020 Highlights

Interim analysis of the phase 2 clinical trial of chimeric antigen receptor (CAR) T-cell therapy as first-line treatment of patients with high-risk large B-cell lymphoma shows that axicabtagene ciloleucel (Yescarta) has substantial benefit in patients with unmet medical needs. Read More ›

A new step-up dosing schedule with glofitamab, an investigational T-cell engaging bispecific antibody, has demonstrated strong clinical activity, with high complete response rates in patients with hard-to-treat relapsed or refractory non-Hodgkin lymphoma (NHL), according to data presented at the ASH 2020 annual meeting. Read More ›

Momelotinib, a selective and orally bioavailable inhibitor of Janus kinase (JAK) 1, JAK2, and ACVR1, improved overall survival and sustained efficacy outcomes in patients with intermediate- or high-risk myelofibrosis, according to updated findings from the phase 3 SIMPLIFY-1 and SIMPLIFY-2 clinical trials presented at ASH 2020. Momelotinib was of benefit to patients who previously received treatment with ruxolitinib (Jakafi) and those who had not received a JAK inhibitor. Read More ›

Asciminib, an investigational first-in-class STAMP (specifically targeting the ABL myristoyl pocket) inhibitor, was superior to standard treatment with bosutinib (Bosulif) in patients with chronic-phase chronic myeloid leukemia (CML) who previously received 2 or more tyrosine kinase inhibitors (TKIs) in the phase 3 ASCEMBL clinical trial. The results were presented at a late-breaker session at ASH 2020 by lead investigator Andreas Hochhaus, MD, Director, Department of Hematology and Oncology, Klinik für Innere Medizin II, Jena, Germany. Read More ›

The combination of 2 investigational agents—umbralisib and ublituximab (U2)—represents a promising new treatment option for patients with chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL). In the phase 3 multicenter clinical trial UNITY-CLL, the median progression-free survival (PFS) was significantly longer with U2 than with standard-of-care chemoimmunotherapy, reported John G. Gribben, MD, DSc, FRCP, Centre Lead, Centre for Haemato-Oncology, Barts Cancer Institute, Queen Mary University of London, England, at ASH 2020. Read More ›

Financial toxicity can have a negative effect on outcomes for patients with cancer. However, findings from a recent pilot study revealed that a comprehensive intervention focused on the financial aspects of care signficantly improved quality of life for patients with hematologic malignancies. These results were presented during the virtual 2020 ASH Annual Meeting. Read More ›

Apost-hoc analysis of a pivotal clinical trial presented at ASH 2020 showed that the recently approved belantamab mafodotin-blmf (Blenrep), a first-in-class antibody targeting BCMA (B-cell maturation antigen), induced deep and durable responses in heavily pretreated patients with relapsed or refractory multiple myeloma. This analysis of the ongoing, open-label DREAMM-2 study focused on 1-year outcomes based on the number of previous therapies. The results were presented by Sagar Lonial, MD, FACP, Chief Medical Officer, Winship Cancer Institute, Emory University School of Medicine, Atlanta, GA. Read More ›

In a phase 3 clinical trial, ruxolitinib (Jakafi) led to superior overall response rates and durable responses compared with best available therapy (ie, control group) in patients with steroid-dependent or steroid-refractory chronic graft-versus-host disease (GVHD), with acceptable safety, according to results presented at ASH 2020. Read More ›

Results of a phase 1 clinical trial showed that approximately 66% of patients with chronic-phase chronic myeloid leukemia (CML) had a major cytogenetic response (MCyR) to the novel oral BCR-ABL1 tyrosine kinase inhibitor (TKI) vodobatinib, regardless of whether they previously received ponatinib therapy. Jorge E. Cortes, MD, Director, Georgia Cancer Center, Augusta University, presented the results at ASH 2020. Read More ›

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