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2018 ASH Annual Meeting & Exposition

Myelodysplastic Syndromes

Novel Treatments of Myelodysplastic Syndromes

AS PART of The ASCO Post’s continued coverage of the 2018 American Society of Hematology (ASH) Annual Meeting & Exposition, here is an update on seven different studies on new therapeutics in myel...

Leukemia

Data Mount for Venetoclax as Add-on Therapy in Acute Myeloid Leukemia

The benefit of adding venetoclax to a hypomethylating agent or low-dose cytarabine in the front-line treatment of acute myeloid leukemia (AML) was evident from a number of studies reported at the 2018...

Immunotherapy
Multiple Myeloma

Multiple Myeloma Pipeline Filled With CAR T-Cell Therapies

The burgeoning pipeline of chimeric antigen receptor (CAR) T-cell therapies targeting B-cell maturation antigen (BCMA) in multiple myeloma was on full display at the 2018 American Society of Hematolog...

Supportive Care
Hematologic Malignancies

Luspatercept May Reduce the Need for Transfusion in Lower-Risk Myelodysplastic Syndromes

In the randomized, double-blind, phase III MEDALIST trial, the experimental drug luspatercept significantly reduced the need for frequent red blood cell transfusions in patients with lower-risk myelod...

Leukemia

Expert Point of View: Elihu H. Estey, MD; Steven Gore, MD; and Mark J. Levis, MD, PhD

ELIHU H. ESTEY, MD, Professor of Medicine at the University of Washington and Director of Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML) Clinical Research at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, Seattle, adde...

Leukemia

Use of Isocitrate Dehydrogenase Inhibitors in Induction Therapy for Newly Diagnosed AML

IN AN OPEN-LABEL phase I study of 153 patients newly diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia (AML) and mutations in isocitrate dehydrogenase-1 (IDH1) or IDH2, treatment with standard chemotherapy plus t...

Symptom Management
Issues in Oncology

Primary Prophylaxis With a Direct Oral Anticoagulation Agent Reduces Venous Thromboembolism Rate in Ambulatory Patients With Cancer

LATE-BREAKING results from the large, randomized, placebo-controlled CASSINI trial showed that primary prophylaxis with the direct oral anticoagulation agent rivaroxaban reduced the incidence of venou...

Leukemia

Expert Point of View: Joseph Mikhael, MD

JOSEPH MIKHAEL, MD, press conference moderator where these data were discussed, commented on the BEAT AML trial: “One of the greatest challenges in the concept of personalized medicine is that by the...

Leukemia

BEAT AML Umbrella Trial: Bringing Personalized Medicine to Acute Myeloid Leukemia

THE MULTIARM, multicollaborative BEAT AML umbrella trial demonstrated the feasibility of using next-generation sequencing to assign treatment tailored to individual genomics of elderly patients with a...

Hematologic Malignancies
Multiple Myeloma
Immunotherapy

Novel Therapeutics for Relapsed or Refractory Multiple Myeloma, Part 2

Here is an update on several different studies focusing on novel treatments for patients with relapsed or refractory multiple myeloma presented at the 2018 American Society of Hematology (ASH) Annua...

Hematologic Malignancies
Multiple Myeloma

Novel Treatments in Newly Diagnosed Multiple Myeloma, Part 1

Here is an update on several different studies focusing on novel treatments for patients with newly diagnosed multiple myeloma presented at the 2018 American Society of Hematology (ASH) Annual Meeti...

Hematologic Malignancies

Study Findings on Myeloproliferative Neoplasms Including Systemic Mastocytosis

HERE IS AN UPDATE on six different studies featured at the 2018 American Society of Hematology (ASH) Annual Meeting & Exposition. Topics focused on novel treatments for myelofibrosis, polycythem...

Hematologic Malignancies
Multiple Myeloma
Immunotherapy

Front-Line Daratumumab Combination Regimen Improves Outcomes in Multiple Myeloma

In patients with newly diagnosed multiple myeloma who are not eligible for stem cell transplantation, the addition of daratumumab (Darzalex) to lenalidomide (Revlimid) and dexamethasone significantly ...

Hematologic Malignancies
Leukemia

Fixed-Duration Venetoclax Plus Rituximab in Relapsed or Refractory CLL

In patients with relapsed or refractory chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL), fixed-duration venetoclax -(Venclexta) combined with rituximab (Rituxan) reduced the risk of disease progression or death co...

Hematologic Malignancies
Immunotherapy

Combining a Checkpoint Inhibitor With CAR T-Cell Therapy May Augment Immune Response

Chimeric antigen receptor (CAR) T-cell therapy is a revolutionary approach to treating hematologic malignancies. As experience with this strategy is gained, researchers are learning more about how to ...

Hematologic Malignancies
Leukemia
Immunotherapy

Early Studies of Ibrutinib Plus CAR T-Cell Combination in Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia

Researchers are combining chimeric antigen receptor (CAR) T-cell therapy with ibrutinib (Imbruvica) as a means of augmenting and deepening responses in patients with relapsed or refractory chronic lym...

leukemia

First-Line Ibrutinib With or Without Rituximab vs Rituximab/Bendamustine in Older Patients With CLL

In a phase III trial reported at the recent American Society of Hematology Annual Meeting & Exposition and in The New England Journal of Medicine by Woyach et al, ibrutinib (Imbruvica) and ibrutin...

Hematologic Malignancies
Leukemia

First-Line Ibrutinib/Rituximab Combination Shows Benefit for Younger Patients With CLL

First-line therapy with the combination of ibrutinib (Imbruvica) and rituximab (Rituxan) reduced disease progression by two-thirds compared with standard chemotherapy using fludarabine, cyclophosphami...

lymphoma
immunotherapy

ECHELON-2: Brentuximab Vedotin Plus Chemotherapy in CD30-Positive Peripheral T-Cell Lymphoma

As reported by Horwitz et al in The Lancet, the phase III ECHELON-2 trial showed that brentuximab vedotin (Adcetris) plus cyclophosphamide, doxorubicin, and prednisone (CHP) improved progression-free ...

hematologic malignancies

Alexander B. Pine, MD, PhD, on Practices and Preferences for Anticoagulant Therapy in Treating VTE

Alexander B. Pine, MD, PhD, of Yale School of Medicine, discusses a survey gathering data on health-care providers’ practices and preferences in using direct oral anticoagulant therapy to treat venous...

Lymphoma

Expert Point of View: Laurie H. Sehn, MD

LAURIE H. SEHN, MD, Chair, Lymphoma Tumour Group, BC Cancer Agency, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, said these results are not unexpected and support de-escalation in selected patients. “The FLY...

Lymphoma

De-escalation of Chemotherapy in Favorable-Risk Diffuse Large B-Cell Lymphoma

THE REGIMEN of four cycles of rituximab (Rituxan)/cyclophosphamide, doxorubicin, vincristine, prednisone (R-CHOP) plus two cycles of rituximab was noninferior to that of six cycles of R-CHOP in younge...

Leukemia
Geriatric Oncology

Expert Point of View: Susan M. O’Brien, MD

THE STUDY’S discussant, Susan M. O’Brien, MD, Associate Director for Clinical Science, Chao Family Comprehensive Cancer Center, University of California Irvine Health, said the results of the Allianc...

Leukemia
Geriatric Oncology

Ibrutinib vs Standard of Care in Front-Line Treatment of Older Patients With Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia

IBRUTINIB (IMBRUVICA) as a front-line agent proved superior to standard-of-care chemoimmunotherapy for chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL) in older patients in A041202, an Alliance-led National Clinica...

leukemia

ASH 2018: Researchers Identify Mutation in BCL2 Protein That Causes Resistance to Venetoclax in Progressive CLL

Investigators from Australia have identified a genetic mutation that causes resistance to the targeted drug venetoclax (Venclexta) in patients with chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL), according to res...

leukemia
immunotherapy

ASH 2018: Ibrutinib Plus Rituximab vs Standard Chemoimmunotherapy in Younger Patients With Treatment-Naive CLL

A 6-month course of chemotherapy-based treatment with FCR (intravenous fludarabine and cyclophosphamide plus rituximab [Rituxan]) has historically been the most effective treatment for chronic lymphoc...

lymphoma

Laurie H. Sehn, MD, MPH, on DLBCL: Trial Results on the Prognostic Significance of MYC

Laurie H. Sehn, MD, MPH, of the British Columbia Cancer Centre for Lymphoid Cancer, discusses a study by the Lunenburg Lymphoma Biomarker Consortium that confirmed previous reports on the negative pro...

leukemia

Tait D. Shanafelt, MD, on CLL: Results From a Trial of the ECOG-ACRIN Cancer Research Group

Tait D. Shanafelt, MD, of Stanford University, discusses phase III study findings on ibrutinib-based therapy vs standard fludarabine, cyclophosphamide, and rituximab chemoimmunotherapy in untreated yo...

leukemia

Shaji K. Kumar, MD, on Newly Diagnosed Multiple Myeloma: Treatment Trial Results

Shaji K. Kumar, MD, of the Mayo Clinic, discusses phase III findings on daratumumab plus lenalidomide and dexamethasone vs lenalidomide and dexamethasone in people with newly diagnosed multiple myelom...

issues in oncology
symptom management

Alok A. Khorana, MD, on Reducing VTE Associated With Systemic Cancer Therapy: Results From the CASSINI Trial

Alok A. Khorana, MD, of the Cleveland Clinic, discusses study findings on rivaroxaban thromboprophylaxis in high-risk ambulatory patients, which showed a reduction in venous thromboembolism and relate...

multiple myeloma

ASH 2018: MAIA Trial: Does Adding Daratumumab Improve Outcomes in Patients With Newly Diagnosed Multiple Myeloma Ineligible for Stem Cell Transplant?

Interim results from a large international phase III clinical trial show that adding the immunotherapy daratumumab (Darzalex) to standard therapy significantly extended progression-free survival (PFS)...

symptom management

ASH 2018: CASSINI Trial: Rivaroxaban Thromboprophylaxis for VTE Prevention in Patients With Cancer

A new study suggests taking a direct oral anticoagulant (DOAC) can reduce the risk of harmful blood clots in patients undergoing cancer treatments, without substantially increasing the risk of bleedin...

lymphoma
immunotherapy

ASH 2018: CAR.CD30 T-Cell Therapy in Relapsed or Refractory CD30-Positive Lymphomas

At the 2018 American Society of Hematology (ASH) Annual Meeting & Exposition, Grover et al presented preliminary results from a clinical study of an investigational cellular immunotherapy for...

symptom management

ASH 2018: Apixaban for the Treatment of Cancer-Associated VTE

According to findings from the ADAM VTE trial, an oral drug, apixaban (Eliquis), is safe and effective in treating blood clots in patients undergoing cancer therapy. The drug was associated with ...

multiple myeloma

Paul Richardson, MD, on Multiple Myeloma: Results From the OP-106 Horizon Trial

Paul Richardson, MD, of Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, discusses updated results and the first report on progression-free survival for melflufen therapy administered to people with multiple myeloma tha...

lymphoma

Steven M. Horwitz, MD, on PTCL: Results From the ECHELON-2 Trial

Steven M. Horwitz, MD, of Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, discusses phase III findings on brentuximab vedotin and CHP vs CHOP in the front-line treatment of patients with CD30-positive periphe...

skin cancer
lymphoma

Steven M. Horwitz, MD, on PTCL and CTCL: Trial Results on Cerdulatinib

Steven M. Horwitz, MD, of Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, discusses phase IIa study findings on the novel SYK/JAK inhibitor cerdulatinib for relapsed/refractory peripheral T-cell lymphoma and ...

lymphoma

Anas Younes, MD, on DLBCL: Phase III Trial Results

Anas Younes, MD, of Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, discusses trial findings on ibrutinib plus rituximab, cyclophosphamide, doxorubicin, vincristine, and prednisone in people with previously u...

leukemia
immunotherapy

Saar I. Gill, MD, PhD, on CLL: Trial Results on Anti-CD19 CAR T Cells

Saar I. Gill, MD, PhD, of the University of Pennsylvania, discusses findings from a prospective clinical trial on the high response rate in patients with chronic lymphocytic leukemia who received a co...

immunotherapy
lymphoma

Julie Vose, MD, MBA, and Loretta J. Nastoupil, MD, on Large B-Cell Lymphoma: Real-World Experience With CAR T-Cell Therapy

Julie Vose, MD, MBA, of the University of Nebraska Medical Center, and Loretta J. Nastoupil, MD, of The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, discuss findings from a multicenter study of axic...

leukemia
lymphoma
immunotherapy

Julie Vose, MD, MBA, and Merav Bar, MD, on CAR T-Cell Therapy: Late Effects of CD19-Targeted Treatment

Julie Vose, MD, MBA, of the University of Nebraska Medical Center, and Merav Bar, MD, of the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, discuss study findings on the long-term effects in people with rela...

multiple myeloma

Francesca M. Gay, MD, on Multiple Myeloma: Results From the Forte Trial

Francesca M. Gay, MD, of GIMEMA, European Myeloma Network, discusses study findings on the use of carfilzomib in induction combination regimens with autologous transplantation, and consolidation regim...

leukemia

Andreas Burchert, MD, on AML: Results From the Sormain Trial

Andreas Burchert, MD, of the Philipps University of Marburg, discusses study findings on sorafenib as maintenance therapy after allogeneic stem cell transplantation for FLT3-ITD–positive acute myeloid...

issues in oncology

Norman E. Sharpless, MD: Director of the National Cancer Institute: Articulating a Vision

Norman E. Sharpless, MD, Director of the National Cancer Institute, discusses his vision for the NCI in four key areas––big data, clinical trials, workforce development, and basic science––and how thi...

myelodysplastic syndromes

Mikkael A. Sekeres, MD, on MDS: Results From the Medalist Trial

Mikkael A. Sekeres, MD, of the Cleveland Clinic, discusses phase III study findings on luspatercept to treat anemia in patients with very low-, low-, or intermediate-risk myelodysplastic syndromes wit...

lymphoma

John P. Leonard, MD, on NHL: Results From the AUGMENT Trial

John P. Leonard, MD, of Weill Cornell Medicine/Cornell University, discusses phase III findings on lenalidomide plus rituximab vs rituximab plus placebo for people with relapsed or refractory indolent...

lymphoma
immunotherapy

ASH 2018: Update of ZUMA-1: Axicabtagene Ciloleucel in DLBCL

A follow-up analysis of patients enrolled in the multicenter ZUMA-1 trial for diffuse large B-cell lymphoma (DLBCL) showed axicabtagene ciloleucel can induce durable responses, yield a median ove...

hematologic malignancies

ASH 2018: Machine Learning–Based Model to Risk Stratify Patients With Myelodysplastic Syndromes

Researchers used machine learning to develop a new system to analyze genomic and clinical data to provide a personalized overall outcome that is patient-specific in myelodysplastic syndromes. In tests...

leukemia

ASH 2018: Rapid Genetic Screening Shows Feasibility of Precision Medicine for AML

A new study demonstrated it is feasible for health-care providers to determine which molecular subtype of acute myeloid leukemia (AML) a patient has before beginning treatment and to use this informat...

leukemia

Jennifer Ann Woyach, MD, on CLL: Results From the Alliance North American Intergroup Study

Jennifer Ann Woyach, MD, of The Ohio State University, discusses trial findings on ibrutinib alone or in combination with rituximab compared with bendamustine plus rituximab in untreated older people ...

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