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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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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In Acute Myeloid Leukemia, Measurable Residual Disease Correlates With Survival

Measurable residual disease correlates with disease-free survival and overall survival data for patients with acute myeloid leukemia (AML), according to results of a meta-analysis published today in JAMA Oncology. This finding supports the continued use of measurable residual disease as a surrogate end point in clinical trials. The investigators, led by first author Nicholas Short, MD, Assistant Professor in the Department of Leukemia at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houst...
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Modern Radiation Plus Chemo Effective and Safe for Early-Stage Hodgkin Lymphoma

According to the results of a new study, combined modality therapy consisting of ABVD (doxorubicin/bleomycin/vinblastine/dacarbazine) followed by contemporary radiation therapy (RT) was effective and safe in patients with early-stage favorable Hodgkin lymphoma, with low radiation doses delivered to at-risk organs. "While maximal efficacy is demonstrated with combined modality therapy, RT is often omitted in fear of late adverse effects," write the investigators, led by first author Chelsea C. Pi...
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Pralsetinib Approved: RET Fusion-Positive Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer

The FDA has granted accelerated approval to pralsetinib (GavretoTM, Blueprint Medicines Corporation), an oral selective RET kinase inhibitor, for the treatment of adults with metastatic RET fusion-positive non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) as detected by the OncomineTM Dx Target (ODxT) Test (Life Technologies Corporation), which has also been approved as a companion diagnostic. RET alterations are implicated in 1% to 2% of NSCLC cases, as well as in a number of other cancer types. The pralsetin...
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