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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B-Cell Malignancies: Treatment Advances in CAR T-Cell Therapy With Stephanie Jackson, MSN, RN, AOCNS®, BMTCN®

Outcomes have improved in recent years for patients with B-cell malignancies such as diffuse large B-cell lymphoma and B-cell acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL), but many patients continue to develop relapsed or refractory disease. In this interview with i3 Health, Stephanie Jackson, MSN, RN, AOCNS®, BMTCN®, Oncology Clinical Nurse Specialist at the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, discusses advances in chimeric antigen receptor (CAR) T-cell therapy, which has been shown to produce significant...
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Hypodiploid Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia: Improving Treatment

Around 2% of all pediatric patients with acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) have hypodiploid ALL, a high-risk subtype in which leukemic cells have 25 to 44 chromosomes rather than the standard 46. Researchers have now found important clues that can help alter the poor prognosis for this condition. In a new study published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology, investigators performed a retrospective study of patients with hypodiploid ALL enrolled in research trials for 16 cooperative study groups ...
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To Fight Cancer, Grow T Cells in a Lab

Researchers at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) have become the first to successfully develop mature, cancer-killing T cells in a laboratory setting. The immune system's T cells fight infections; they also have the ability to fight cancer. Therapies that involve genetically engineering a patient's own T cells with a receptor that helps the T cells to recognize and destroy cancer cells have tremendous potential for certain types of cancer. One of these therapies is CAR T-cell ther...
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B-Cell Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia: New Subtypes Found

Although recent genetic research has identified a number of new subtypes of B-cell acute lymphoblastic leukemia (B-ALL), the genetic alterations that initiate many of these subtypes have until now been unknown. In a new study, published in Nature Genetics, researchers have created a revised taxonomy of B-ALL that incorporates 23 subtypes, including 8 new ones, as defined by chromosomal rearrangements, sequence mutations, or heterogeneous genomic alterations. "B-ALL has remarkable molecular diver...
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