2014 ASH Annual Meeting

hematologic malignancies

Ayalew Tefferi, MD, on Imetelstat as Therapy for Myelofibrosis

Ayalew Tefferi, MD, of the Mayo Clinic, on abstract 634, “Imetelstat, a Telomerase Inhibitor, Therapy for Myelofibrosis: A Pilot Study.”

hematologic malignancies

Ayalew Tefferi, MD, on New Models of Prognostication for Myelofibrosis

Ayalew Tefferi, MD, of the Mayo Clinic, on abstract 403, “A Compendium of Cytogenetic Abnormalities in Myelofibrosis: Molecular and Phenotypic Correlates in 826 Patients;” abstract 406, “Integration o...

lymphoma

Laurie Sehn, MD, on Nivolumab in Patients With Relapsed/Refractory Hodgkin Lymphoma

Laurie Sehn, MD, of the BC Cancer Agency, on abstract 289, “Nivolumab in Patients With Relapsed or Refractory Hodgkin Lymphoma: Preliminary Safety, Efficacy, and Biomarker Results of a Phase I Study,”...

lymphoma

Laurie Sehn, MD, on Lenalidomide Plus Rituximab in Previously Untreated Mantle Cell Lymphoma

Laurie Sehn, MD, of the BC Cancer Agency, on abstract 625, “Sustained Remission With the Combination Biologic Doublet of Lenalidomide Plus Rituximab as Initial Treatment for Mantle Cell Lymphoma: A Mu...

lymphoma

Laurie Sehn, MD, on Brentuximab Vedotin in Diffuse Large B-Cell Lymphoma With Undetectable CD30

Laurie Sehn, MD, of the BC Cancer Agency, on abstract 629, “Brentuximab Vedotin Monotherapy in Diffuse Large B-Cell Lymphoma Patients With Undetectable CD30:  Preliminary Results From a Phase II Study...

lymphoma

Laurie Sehn, MD, on Radiotherapy in Limited-Stage Diffuse Large B-Cell Lymphoma

Laurie Sehn, MD, of the BC Cancer Agency, on abstract 393, “R-CHOP With or Without Radiotherapy in Nonbulky Limited-Stage Diffuse Large B-Cell Lymphoma: Preliminary Results of the Prospective Randomiz...

leukemia
lymphoma

Matthew Lunning, DO, on Ublituximab Plus TGR-1202 in Lymphoma

Matthew Lunning, DO, of the University of Nebraska Medical Center, on abstract 801, “Ublituximab, a Novel Glycoengineered Anti-CD20 Monoclonal Antibody, in Combination with TGR-1202, a Next-Generation...

multiple myeloma

Sagar Lonial, MD, on the Phase III ASPIRE Trial

Sagar Lonial, MD, of Winship Cancer Institute, offers his thoughts on abstract 79, “Carfilzomib, Lenalidomide, and Dexamethasone vs Lenalidomide and Dexamethasone in Patients With Relapsed Multiple My...

hematologic malignancies

Keith McCrae, MD, on Splenectomy in Immune Thrombocytopenia

Keith McCrae, MD, of the Cleveland Clinic, offers his thoughts on abstract 232, “Long-Term Complications After Splenectomy in Adult Chronic Immune Thrombocytopenia With a Minimum Follow-up of 10 Years...

hematologic malignancies

Keith McCrae, MD, on Caplacizumab in Thrombotic Thrombocytopenic Purpura

Keith McCrae, MD, of the Cleveland Clinic, offers his thoughts on abstract 229, “Caplacizumab, Anti-Vwf Nanobody Potentially Changing the Treatment Paradigm in Thrombotic Thrombocytopenic Purpura: Res...

lymphoma

Bertrand Coiffier, MD, PhD, on the Phase III LyMa Trial

Bertrand Coiffier, MD, PhD, of Centre Hospitalier Lyon-Sud, offers his thoughts on abstract 146, “Rituximab Maintenance vs Wait and Watch After Four Courses of R-DHAP Followed By Autologous Stem Cell ...

multiple myeloma

Sagar Lonial, MD, on Monoclonal Antibodies in Multiple Myeloma

Sagar Lonial, MD, of Winship Cancer Institute, offers his thoughts on abstract 302, “Final Results for the 1703 Phase Ib/II Study of Elotuzumab in Combination With Lenalidomide and Dexamethasone in Pa...

lymphoma

Julie M. Vose, MD, MBA, FASCO, on Nivolumab in Relapsed/Refractory Hodgkin Lymphoma

Julie M. Vose, MD, MBA, FASCO, of the University of Nebraska Medical Center, offers her thoughts on abstract 289, “Nivolumab in Patients With Relapsed or Refractory Hodgkin Lymphoma: Preliminary Safet...

lymphoma

Bertrand Coiffier, MD, PhD, on Radiotherapy Plus R-CHOP in Localized Diffuse Large B-Cell Lymphoma

Bertrand Coiffier, MD, PhD, of Centre Hospitalier Lyon-Sud, offers his thoughts on abstract 393, “R-CHOP With or Without Radiotherapy in Nonbulky Limited-Stage Diffuse Large B-Cell Lymphoma: Prelimina...

hematologic malignancies

Keith McCrae, MD, on Managing Heparin-Induced Thrombocytopenia

Keith McCrae, MD, of the Cleveland Clinic, offers his thoughts on abstract 4848, “Implementation of a Heparin-Induced Thrombocytopenia Management Program Reduces the Cost of Diagnostic Testing and Pha...

leukemia
lymphoma

Julie M. Vose, MD, MBA, FASCO, on Ublituximab Plus TGR-1202 in Lymphoma

Julie M. Vose, MD, MBA, FASCO, of the University of Nebraska Medical Center, offers her thoughts on abstract 801, “Ublituximab, a Novel Glycoengineered Anti-CD20 Monoclonal Antibody, in Combination Wi...

hematologic malignancies

Linda J. Burns, MD, on a Phase II Study of ACE-536 in Beta-Thalassemia

2014 ASH President Linda J. Burns, MD, of the University of Minnesota, offers her thoughts on abstract 53, “ACE-536 Increases Hemoglobin and Decreases Transfusion Burden and Serum Ferritin in Adults W...

leukemia

Hagop Kantarjian, MD, on CAR T Cells in Relapsed/Refractory ALL

Hagop Kantarjian, MD, of The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, offers his thoughts on abstract 380, “T Cells Engineered with a Chimeric Antigen Receptor (CAR)-Targeting CD19 (CTL019) Have...

leukemia

Hagop Kantarjian, MD, on Inotuzumab Ozogamicin Plus Low-Intensity Chemotherapy in ALL

Hagop Kantarjian, MD, of The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, offers his thoughts on abstract 794, “Inotuzumab Ozogamicin in Combination With Low-Intensity Chemotherapy (Mini-Hyper-CVD) ...

myelodysplastic syndromes
leukemia

Alan F. List, MD, on Sotatercept in Lower-Risk Myelodysplastic Syndromes

Alan F. List, MD, of Moffitt Cancer Center, offers his thoughts on abstract 3251, “An Open-Label, Phase II, Dose-Finding Study of Sotatercept (ACE-011) in Patients With Low or Intermediate-1–Risk Myel...

leukemia

Hagop Kantarjian, MD, on Blinatumomab in Precursor B-Cell ALL

Hagop Kantarjian, MD, of The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, offers his thoughts on abstract 379, “BLAST: A Confirmatory, Single-Arm, Phase II Study of Blinatumomab, a Bispecific T-Cell...

lymphoma
myelodysplastic syndromes

Richard M. Stone, MD, on the SWOG S1117 Study

Richard M. Stone, MD, of Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, offers his thoughts on abstract LBA-5, “A Randomized Phase II Study of Azacitidine Combined With Lenalidomide or With Vorinostat vs Azacitidine M...

lymphoma

Julie M. Vose, MD, MBA, FASCO, on the AETHERA trial

Julie M. Vose, MD, MBA, FASCO, of the University of Nebraska Medical Center, offers her thoughts on abstract 673, “The AETHERA Trial: Results of a Randomized, Double-Blind, Placebo-Controlled Phase II...

leukemia

Hagop Kantarjian, MD, on Treating Philadelphia Chromosome–Positive ALL

Hagop Kantarjian, MD, of The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, offers his thoughts on abstract 797, “First Results of the Multicenter Total Therapy Gimema LAL 1509 Protocol for De Novo Ad...

myelodysplastic syndromes

Alan F. List, MD, on the CC-5013-MDS-005 Study

Alan F. List, MD, of Moffitt Cancer Center, offers his thoughts on abstract 409, “Efficacy and Safety of Lenalidomide vs Placebo in RBC Transfusion–Dependent Patients With IPSS Low-/Intermediate-Risk ...

myelodysplastic syndromes

Alan F. List, MD, on Rigosertib in Relapsed/Refractory Higher-Risk Myelodysplastic Syndrome

Alan F. List, MD, of Moffitt Cancer Center, offers his thoughts on abstract 163, “Overall Survival and Subgroup Analysis From a Randomized Phase III Study of Intravenous Rigosertib vs Best Supportive ...

lymphoma

Bertrand Coiffier, MD, PhD, on the RO-CHOP Study

Bertrand Coiffier, MD, PhD, of Centre Hospitalier Lyon-Sud, offers his thoughts on abstract 504, “Final Analysis of the RO-CHOP Phase Ib/II Study: Romidepsin in Association With CHOP in Patients With ...

leukemia

Linda J. Burns, MD, on CAR T-Cell Therapy in ALL

2014 ASH President Linda J. Burns, MD, of the University of Minnesota, offers her thoughts on abstract 380, “T Cells Engineered With a Chimeric Antigen Receptor (CAR) Targeting CD19 (CTL019) Have Long...

leukemia

Linda J. Burns, MD, on the BLAST Study

2014 ASH President Linda J. Burns, MD, of the University of Minnesota, offers her thoughts on abstract 379, “BLAST: A Confirmatory, Single-Arm, Phase II Study of Blinatumomab, a Bispecific T-Cell Enga...

leukemia

Richard M. Stone, MD, on the UK NCRI AML17 Trial

Richard M. Stone, MD, of Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, offers his thoughts on abstract 7, “A Randomized Comparison of Daunorubicin 90 mg/m2 vs 60 mg/m2 in AML Induction: Results From the UK NCRI AML17...

leukemia

Richard M. Stone, MD, on the SAL-SORAML Trial

Richard M. Stone, MD, of Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, offers his thoughts on abstract 6,  "Sorafenib vs Placebo in Addition to Standard Therapy in Younger Patients With Newly Diagnosed Acute Myeloid ...

myelodysplastic syndromes

Alan F. List, MD, and James O. Armitage, MD, FACP, FRCP, on Advances in Myelodysplastic Syndrome

Alan F. List, MD, of Moffitt Cancer Center and the University of South Florida, and James O. Armitage, MD, FACP, FRCP, of the University of Nebraska Medical Center, discuss the biology and diagnostic ...

lymphoma

James O. Armitage, MD, FACP, FRCP, and Bertrand Coiffier, MD, PhD, on Managing Lymphoma: The French Perspective

James O. Armitage, MD, FACP, FRCP, of the University of Nebraska Medical Center, and Bertrand Coiffier, MD, PhD, of the Centre Hospitalier Lyon-Sud discuss three French studies on rituximab maintenanc...

leukemia
myelodysplastic syndromes

James O. Armitage, MD, FACP, FRCP, and Richard M. Stone, MD, on Clinical Trial Results for AML, MDS, and CMML Treatment

James O. Armitage, MD, FACP, FRCP, of the University of Nebraska Medical Center, and Richard M. Stone, MD of the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, discuss three clinical trials: different doses of daunoru...

leukemia

James O. Armitage, MD, FACP, FRCP, and Richard M. Stone, MD, on Progress Made Against AML and APL

James. O Armitage, MD, FACP, FRCP, of the University of Nebraska Medical Center, and Richard M. Stone, MD, of the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, discuss advances in treating acute myeloid leukemia and ...

leukemia

James O. Armitage, MD, FACP, FRCP, and Hagop M. Kantarjian, MD, on Advances in the Treatment of ALL

James O. Armitage, MD, FACP, FRCP, of the University of Nebraska Medical Center, and Hagop M. Kantarjian, MD, of The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, discuss the diagnosis and genetics o...

lymphoma

PD-1 Blockade Moves Into Hematology

The promise of the programmed death receptor-1 (PD-1) inhibitors seen in solid tumors, especially melanoma, may hold true for at least one hematologic malignancy, according to studies presented at the...

issues in oncology
cost of care

Panelists Lambast, Explore the High Cost of Cancer Drugs

At the 2014 American Society of Hematology Annual Meeting, a symposium on the high cost of cancer drugs proved provocative and a bit testy as panelists presented their various points of view. ‘Medica...

hematologic malignancies

Will Checkpoint Inhibitors Be Winners in Hematologic Cancers, Too?

A  “Featured Topic” session during the 56th American Society of Hematology (ASH) Annual Meeting and Exposition drew a standing-room-only crowd to hear two experts weigh in on checkpoint blockade in he...

multiple myeloma

Cleveland Clinic Piloting ‘Adaptive Therapy’ Approach in Multiple Myeloma

For newly diagnosed multiple myeloma patients, Cleveland Clinic specialists believe two drugs may suffice for most patients, bucking the trend toward using triplets for all patients and reserving them...

leukemia

Victory for Pediatric Regimens in Adolescents and Young Adults With ALL

Long in the works, early results of the U.S. Intergroup C10403 trial clearly showed that treating acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) in adolescents and young adults using a pediatric-inspired regimen ...

leukemia

Venetoclax Gaining Ground in Two Types of Leukemia

Venetoclax, formerly known as ABT-199, is moving forward into phase III development in acute myelogenous leukemia (AML) and chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL), based on encouraging data from separate ...

leukemia

Blinatumomab Achieves Complete Molecular Responses in Majority of B-Cell Leukemia Patients

Results from the international phase II BLAST study show that one cycle of blinatumomab (Blincyto) immunotherapy achieved complete minimal residual disease response in 78% of patients with acute lymph...

leukemia

Nilotinib With Low-Intensity Chemotherapy Useful in Elderly Patients With Philadelphia Chromosome–Positive ALL

The addition of the tyrosine kinase inhibitor nilotinib (Tasigna) to standard low-intensity chemotherapy improved outcomes in elderly patients with newly diagnosed Philadelphia chromosome–positive acu...

Lymphoma

Post-Transplant Brentuximab Vedotin Improved Progression-Free Survival in Hodgkin Lymphoma Patients

In patients with Hodgkin lymphoma who are at risk for disease progression following autologous stem cell transplantation, early consolidation with brentuximab vedotin (Adcetris) post-transplant signif...

lymphoma

Brentuximab Vedotin Added to Standard Therapy for Advanced-Stage Hodgkin Lymphoma May Improve Results

Several studies presented at the 2014 ASH Annual Meeting supported the use of brentuximab vedotin (Adcetris) in Hodgkin lymphoma. The Reed-Sternberg cells of classical Hodgkin lymphoma typically expr...

multiple myeloma

Carfilzomib-Based Triplet Yields ‘Unprecedented’ Duration of Remission in Relapsed Myeloma

The phase III global ASPIRE trial documented an “unprecedented” duration of remission in relapsed multiple myeloma patients receiving carfilzomib (Kyprolis) plus a standard-of-care doublet, according ...

hematologic malignancies
leukemia

New Choosing Wisely List, Leukemia Quick-Takes From ASH

Nearly 5,000 scientific abstracts were presented at the 2014 American Society of Hematology (ASH) Annual Meeting and Exhibition in San Francisco. Along with our targeted coverage of the meeting’s key ...

Leukemia

Inotuzumab Ozogamicin Plus Low-Intensity Chemotherapy: A Winner in Older Patients With Leukemia

Inotuzumab ozogamicin combined with a low-intensity chemotherapy called mini-hyper-CVD achieved highly encouraging results in older patients with acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) in a phase II study...

Leukemia

CAR T Cells Impressive in Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia

As more experience is gained with the use of genetically engineered chimeric antigen receptor (CAR) T cells in patients with leukemia, the data continue to be highly encouraging. Three different group...

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