Ph-Positive Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia: Dasatinib/Blinatumomab Effective in Phase 2

Positive survival outcomes were observed in patients with Philadelphia chromosome (Ph)-positive acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) when treated with dasatinib followed by blinatumomab in in a phase 2 study now published in the New England Journal of Medicine. For the trial, adults with newly diagnosed Ph-positive ALL were given a seven-day prephase treatment with a glucocorticoid prior to the first administration of dasatinib in a 140 mg dose. Glucocorticoids were continued for 24 more days...
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Venetoclax Combo Approved for Older Patients With Acute Myeloid Leukemia

The FDA has now granted full approval to venetoclax (Venclexta®, AbbVie Inc. and Genentech Inc.) in combination with azacitidine, decitabine, or low-dose cytarabine (LDAC) for patients with previously untreated acute myeloid leukemia (AML) who are at least 75 years of age or who have comorbidities that prevent them from receiving intensive induction chemotherapy. Previously, this venetoclax combination therapy was granted accelerated approval in 2018 for use in this same patient population. The ...
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Pembrolizumab Approved for Classical Hodgkin Lymphoma

PembrolizumabThe FDA has now expanded the approved indications for pembrolizumab (KEYTRUDA®, Merck Sharp & Dohme) to include both adult patients with relapsed or refractory classical Hodgkin lymphoma (cHL) and pediatric patients with refractory cHL, or cHL that has relapsed after two or more lines of therapy. The approval was based on efficacy data from the open-label phase 3 KEYNOTE-204 trial (NCT02684292), for which 304 adult patients with cHL previously treated with at least one multiagen...
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Antifungal Prophylaxis for Hematologic Malignancies: Yuan Wan, MD, PhD

While antifungal prophylaxis can effectively prevent invasive fungal infections in patients with hematologic diseases, there is no consensus on which prophylactic agents provide the greatest benefit for different patient populations. In a meta-analysis recently published in JAMA Network Open, a team of researchers found that among antifungal prophylactic agents, posaconazole may be the best option for patients with acute myeloid leukemia (AML) or myelodysplastic syndromes (MDS), while voriconazo...
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Modern Radiation Therapy Doses for Early-Stage Hodgkin Lymphoma: Chelsea Pinnix, MD, PhD

While radiation therapy is an effective treatment for patients with early-stage favorable Hodgkin lymphoma, it also poses a risk of long-term toxicity to the surrounding organs and tissue. In a study recently published in JAMA Network Open, a team of researchers led by first author Chelsea Pinnix, MD, PhD, of MD Anderson Cancer Center, found that combined modality therapy consisting of ABVD (doxorubicin/bleomycin/vinblastine/dacarbazine) and contemporary radiation therapy (RT) demonstrated effic...
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