First CAR T-Cell Therapy Approved for Mantle Cell Lymphoma

The FDA has now granted accelerated approval to brexucabtagene autoleucel (TecartusTM, Kite Pharma, formerly known as KTE-X19) for the treatment of adults with relapsed or refractory mantle cell lymphoma (MCL). Brexucabtagene autoleucel, a CD19-directed chimeric antigen receptor (CAR) T-cell therapy, is the first CAR T-cell therapy approved for this rare type of B-cell non-Hodgkin lymphoma. Efficacy was evaluated in the multicenter, open-label phase 2 ZUMA-2 trial (NCT02601313), which enrolled 7...
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CAR T-Cell Therapy: Oncology Nurses’ Educational Needs

Pre-activity assessment data from i3 Health's nursing continuing professional development (NCPD) activity "Understanding and Optimizing CAR T-Cell Therapy for Patients With B-Cell Malignancies" has revealed significant baseline knowledge gaps regarding the use of chimeric antigen receptor (CAR) T-cell therapy for the treatment of patients with B-cell malignancies. Of the 584 learners who took the pretest and began the activity, 539 saw it through to completion. The learners who completed the act...
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Treating Multiple Myeloma: Challenges, Solutions, and Research Advances With Carol Ann Huff, MD

​With a five-year survival rate of only 50.7%, multiple myeloma remains difficult to treat. In this interview with i3 Health, Carol Ann Huff, MD, Medical Director for the Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center, explores the challenges and research advances of myeloma treatment. She also gives advice on helping patients to find assistance with the prohibitive costs of treatment and on handling the difficulties involved in treating patients at smaller community cancer centers, including patients who l...
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Under Medicare, CAR T-Cell Therapy Now Available Nationwide

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) have finalized nationwide coverage of chimeric antigen receptor (CAR) T-cell therapy, replacing the previous policy under which the decision of treatment coverage was left to Medicare's regional administrators. "As the first type of FDA-approved gene therapy, CAR T-cell therapies are an important scientific advancement in this promising new area of medicine and provide treatment options for some patients who had nowhere else to turn," c...
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HSCT: Improving Communication Between the Transplant Center and the Oncologist With Miguel-Angel Perales, MD

While hematopoietic stem cell transplant (HSCT) offers a curative treatment option for many patients, oncologists face unique challenges, including the underutilization of transplant, the need for improved communication between the transplant center and the community oncologist, and the implementation of CAR T-cell therapy. In this interview with i3 Health, Miguel-Angel Perales, MD, addresses these challenges and discusses the importance of clinical trial enrollment and innovative programs that ...
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