Hematologic Malignancies

According to results from a clinical trial presented during the American Society of Clinical Oncology 2021 virtual annual meeting, aspacytarabine (BST-236), a prodrug of cytarabine, appears safe and effective as first-line therapy for patients with acute myeloid leukemia (AML) who are unfit for intensive chemotherapy. Read More ›

The novel BCL-2 inhibitor, lisaftoclax (APG-2575), elicited encouraging responses and acceptable tolerability in patients with relapsed or refractory chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL), small lymphocytic lymphoma (SLL), and other hematologic malignancies, according to results of a phase 1 study presented at the American Society of Clinical Oncology 2021 virtual annual meeting. Read More ›

The combination of the investigational drug pevonedistat in combination with azacitidine injection (Vidaza) leads to longer event-free survival (EFS) and a higher complete response rate than azacitidine alone in patients with high-risk myelodysplastic syndromes (MDS), according to results from a phase 2, open-label, international clinical trial. The findings were presented by Mikkael A. Sekeres, MD, MS, Director, Leukemia Program, Cleveland Clinic, OH, at ASH 2020. Read More ›

Bispecific antibodies are showing promise in patients with hematologic malignancies, notably relapsed or refractory multiple myeloma. Results from studies of 3 bispecific antibodies were presented at ASH 2020, showing deep and durable responses. Read More ›

Although smoldering myeloma is acknowledged as a clinical entity, debate continues about whether to treat, when to treat, and how to treat this condition, said Natalie S. Callander, MD, Leader, Myeloma/Lymphoma Disease-Oriented Team, University of Wisconsin Carbone Cancer Center, Madison, at the National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN) 2020 Virtual Congress: hematologic malignancies. Read More ›

Despite major advances in treatment interventions, multiple myeloma remains incurable in the majority of patients, and relapse is an expected part of the disease course. At the 2017 NCCN Hematologic Malignancies Congress, Natalie S. Callander, MD, a hematologist at the University of Wisconsin Carbone Cancer Center, Madison, outlined issues in the management of relapsed or refractory multiple myeloma. Read More ›

Adding brentuximab vedotin (Adcetris) to doxorubicin, vinblastine, and dacarbazine (A+AVD) instead of the standard regimen with doxorubicin, bleomycin, vinblastine, and dacarbazine (ABVD) as frontline treatment for advanced Hodgkin lymphoma reduced the risk for disease progression, death, or the need for additional therapy by 23%, according to new data presented at ASH 2017. Read More ›

At ASH 2017, Crystal L. Mackall, MD, Co-Director, Immunology & Immunotherapy of Cancer Program, Stanford University, CA, discussed the FDA approvals of 2 important treatments for patients with B-cell precursor ALL. Read More ›

The largest-ever study of palliative care trends has shown the use of palliative care services to be “sporadic at best” for patients with hematologic malignancies. According to the review of nearly 300,000 patients, there was also significant heterogeneity in practice patterns, including National Cancer Institute (NCI)-designated practices, across all characteristics studied. Read More ›


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