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Protein Component of the Epstein-Barr Virus May Promote the Development of Cancer

After an infection with the Epstein-Barr virus (EBV), the virus persists in the body throughout a person's lifetime, usually without causing any symptoms. About one-third of infected teenagers and young adults nevertheless develop infectious mononucleosis, which usually wears off after a few weeks. ...

Lymphoma

Liquid Biopsies Show Promise in Diffuse Large B-Cell Lymphoma

Technologic advances for detecting and analyzing cell-free circulating tumor DNA (ctDNA) from peripheral blood offer a precision method for monitoring diffuse large B-cell lymphoma (DLBCL). Although most patients with DLBCL are cured with initial therapy, those who are not cured have a poor...

Lymphoma

Circulating Tumor DNA Profiling Identifies Clonal Evolution Patterns and Permits Classification of Tumor Subtypes in DLBCL

In a study reported in Science Translational Medicine, Florian Scherer, MD, David M. Kurtz, MD (Conquer Cancer Foundation Young Investigator), Aaron M. Newman, PhD, and colleagues from Stanford University found that analysis of circulating tumor DNA (ctDNA) permits identification of patterns of...

Lymphoma

Expert Point of View: Stephen Ansell, MD, PhD

Stephen Ansell, MD, PhD, Chair of the Mayo Clinic Lymphoma Group, said the “exciting results” of these studies indicated that “we have come a long way in Hodgkin lymphoma.” “It’s been very gratifying to see that the excellent initial trial results with the anti–programmed cell death protein 1...

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Studies Advance the Use of PD-1 Blockade in Classical Hodgkin Lymphoma

Classical Hodgkin lymphoma is one of the malignancies most susceptible to treatment with monoclonal antibodies targeting the programmed cell death protein (PD-1). Nivolumab (Opdivo) has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for use in patients with relapsed/refractory...

Lymphoma

Selected Abstracts From the 2016 ASH Annual Meeting

Here are several abstracts selected from the proceedings of this year’s American Society of Hematology (ASH) Annual Meeting & Exposition, highlighting newer therapeutics in follicular lymphoma. For full details of these study abstracts, visit http://www.bloodjournal.org/content/128/22....

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Expert Point of View: Anas Younes, MD

Anas Younes, MD, Chief of the Lymphoma Service at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, New York, commented on the brentuximab vedotin (Adcetris)/nivolumab (Opdivo) combination studies, noting that complete response rates of 60% are “impressive.” “It seems that in the pretransplant setting, the...

Lymphoma

Brentuximab Vedotin Plus Nivolumab Highly Active in Relapsed Classical Hodgkin Lymphoma

Response rates of 90% to 100% were achieved in early studies evaluating the combination of brentuximab vedotin (Adcetris) and nivolumab (Opdivo) in relapsed or refractory classical Hodgkin lymphoma. The findings were presented at the 2016 American Society of Hematology (ASH) Annual Meeting &...

Lymphoma

CAR T-Cell Therapy KTE-C19 Appears Successful in Aggressive B-Cell Lymphoma

Chimeric antigen receptor (CAR) T-cell therapy continues to have impressive showings in patients with aggressive hematologic malignancies and no other good treatment options. Interim results of the pivotal phase II ZUMA-1 trial, the first multicenter trial of the experimental CAR T-cell therapy...

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Expert Point of View: Lawrence Kaplan, MD

“This study is important because R-CHOP [rituximab and cyclophosphamide, doxorubicin, vincristine, prednisone] has been the standard of care for many years. CHOP, the chemotherapy backbone, has withstood challenges from more aggressive regimens in the past. The excellent clinical outcomes observed ...

Lymphoma

Dose-Adjusted EPOCH-R No Better Than R-CHOP in Diffuse Large B-Cell Lymphoma

Long-awaited results of the Cancer and Leukemia Group B ­(CALGB)/Alliance 50303 trial were a disappointment to many hematologists/oncologists at the 2016 American Society of Hematology (ASH) Annual Meeting & Exposition. The study failed to show that dose-adjusted EPOCH-R ­(etoposide,...

Lymphoma

Expert Point of View: Brad S. Kahl, MD

Speaking about the GALLIUM study in the ASH News Daily, Brad S. Kahl, MD, of Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, commented, “It is a potentially practice-changing study that clearly shows an 8% absolute improvement in progression-free survival at 2 years for the patients getting...

Lymphoma

Obinutuzumab Prolongs Disease-Free Survival vs Rituximab in Follicular Lymphoma

Induction and maintenance therapies with obinutuzumab (Gazyva) were superior to rituximab (Rituxan) induction and maintenance in patients with untreated follicular lymphoma, according to results of the phase III GALLIUM study presented at the Plenary Session during the 58th American Society of...

Lymphoma

‘Clinically Useful’ Findings for Brentuximab Vedotin in CTCL, Rituximab Maintenance in MCL

Positive studies about brentuximab vedotin ­(Adcetris) in cutaneous T-cell lymphoma1 and rituximab (Rituxan) maintenance therapy in mantle cell lymphoma (MCL)2 were reported at the 2016 Annual Meeting of the American Society for Hematology (ASH). “These abstracts each focus on approved agents and...

leukemia
lymphoma

ASH 2016: Ibrutinib and TGR-1202 Combination Yields Encouraging Results in Patients With Relapsed Forms of Leukemia or Lymphoma

A combination of two targeted agents has demonstrated safety as well as encouraging signs of effectiveness in a phase I clinical trial in patients with relapsed or hard-to-treat chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL) or mantle cell lymphoma (MCL). Davids et al reported the findings at the 58th American ...

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Robert E. Marcus, MD, on Follicular Lymphoma: Results From the GALLIUM Trial

Robert E. Marcus, MD, of Kings College Hospital, discusses study findings on obinutuzumab-based induction and maintenance in patients with previously untreated disease (Abstract 6).

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Steven Le Gouill, MD, PhD, on Mantle Cell Lymphoma: Final Results From the LyMa Trial (French Language Version)

Steven Le Gouill, MD, PhD, of Nantes University Hospital and INSERM, discusses in French study findings from the Lysa/Goelams Group on rituximab maintenance after autologous stem cell transplantation in younger patients with mantle cell lymphoma (Abstract 145).

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Catherine Thieblemont, MD, PhD, on DLBCL: Results From the Lysa Remarc Study (French Language Version)

Catherine Thieblemont, MD, PhD, of Hôpital Saint-Louis and INSERM, discusses in French phase III trial findings on lenalidomide maintenance in elderly patients with DLBCL treated with R-CHOP in the first-line setting (Abstract 471).

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Steven Le Gouill, MD, PhD, on Mantle Cell Lymphoma: Final Results From the LyMa Trial

Steven Le Gouill, MD, PhD, of Nantes University Hospital and INSERM, discusses study findings from the Lysa/Goelams Group on rituximab maintenance after autologous stem cell transplantation in younger patients with mantle cell lymphoma (Abstract 145).

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Syed A. Abutalib, MD, and Alex F. Herrera, MD, on Double-Hit and Double-Expressor Lymphomas: A Retrospective Analysis

Syed A. Abutalib, MD, of Cancer Treatment Centers of America, and Alex F. Herrera, MD, of City of Hope National Medical Center, discuss study findings that suggest allogeneic stem cell transplantation may overcome the chemoresistance of double-hit/double-expressor tumors (Abstract 830).

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Catherine Thieblemont, MD, PhD, and Julie Vose, MD, MBA, on DLBCL: Results From the Lysa Remarc Study

Catherine Thieblemont, MD, PhD, of Hôpital Saint-Louis and INSERM, and Julie Vose, MD, MBA, of the University of Nebraska Medical Center, discuss phase III trial findings on lenalidomide maintenance in elderly patients with DLBCL treated with R-CHOP in the first-line setting (Abstract 471).

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Laurie H. Sehn, MD, MPH, on Follicular Lymphoma: Choosing the Best Target

Laurie H. Sehn, MD, MPH, of the British Columbia Cancer Agency, discusses agents in the pipeline for follicular lymphoma, including drugs targeting the immune microenvironment, novel monoclonal antibodies, and emerging immunotherapeutics.

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Umberto Vitolo, MD, and Sagar Lonial, MD, on DLBCL: Final Results From the GOYA Trial

Umberto Vitolo, MD, of Città della Salute e della Scienza Hospital and University, and Sagar Lonial, MD, of Emory University, discuss study findings on obinutuzumab or rituximab plus CHOP in patients with previously untreated diffuse large B-cell lymphoma (Abstract 470).

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Jonathon Cohen, MD, and Sagar Lonial, MD, on DLBCL: Results of the CALGB/Alliance 50303 Trial

Jonathon Cohen, MD, and Sagar Lonial, MD, both of Emory University, discuss study findings on R-CHOP vs DA-EPOCH-R and molecular analysis of untreated diffuse large B-cell lymphoma (Abstract 469).

Lymphoma
Skin Cancer

Lack of Standardized Definitions of Cutaneous T-Cell Lymphomas Hampers the Collection of Reliable Data

Cutaneous T-cell lymphomas are a heterogeneous group of cancers. Some subtypes of cutaneous T-cell lymphomas are often misdiagnosed as benign skin diseases, making it challenging to gather reliable epidemiologic data. At the 3rd World Congress of Cutaneous Lymphomas (sponsored by the International...

Lymphoma
Skin Cancer

Encouraging First Study of Pembrolizumab in Cutaneous T-Cell Lymphoma

Immunotherapy with an anti–programmed cell death protein 1 (PD-1) inhibitor—pembrolizumab (Keytruda)—showed encouraging responses in patients with advanced cutaneous T-cell lymphoma (either mycosis fungoides or Sézary syndrome). Pembrolizumab achieved a 38% overall response rate and responses...

Lymphoma
Skin Cancer

Prospective Cutaneous Lymphoma International Prognostic Index Initiative Moves Forward

A collaboration of international experts is tackling the challenges involved in understanding and managing the treatment of cutaneous lymphomas. The Prospective Cutaneous Lymphoma International Prognostic Index ­(PROCLIPI) study from the Cutaneous Lymphoma International Consortium brings together...

Lymphoma
Skin Cancer

High-Throughput Sequencing of T-Cell Receptors May Transform Diagnosis and Treatment of Cutaneous T-Cell Lymphomas

High-throughput sequencing of T-cell receptors may be a solution to some of the challenges confronting oncologists who treat cutaneous T-cell lymphomas. According to experts who presented talks on high-throughput sequencing of T-cell receptors at the 3rd World Congress of Cutaneous Lymphoma...

Lymphoma

Risk for Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma in HIV-Infected Patients

In the HIV-negative population, there is growing evidence suggesting that chronic hepatitis B virus (HBV) and hepatitis C virus (HCV) are both associated with the development of non-Hodgkin lymphoma (NHL), although the mechanisms underlying this association remain unclear. The incidence rate of NHL ...

Lymphoma

Higher Baseline Metabolic Tumor Volume and Poorer Outcomes in Patients With High Tumor Burden Follicular Lymphoma

In a pooled analysis reported in the Journal of Clinical Oncology, Michel Meignan, MD, PhD, of the Université Paris-Est Créteil, and colleagues found that higher baseline total metabolic tumor volume measured by 18F-fluorodeoxyglucose (18F-FDG) positron-emission tomography–computed tomography (FDG...

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Teresa Calimeri, MD, PhD, on DLBCL: Findings on High-Dose Methotrexate (Italian Language Version)

Teresa Calimeri, MD, PhD, of San Raffaele Hospital, discusses in Italian high-dose methotrexate as a CNS prophylaxis, shown to significantly improve outcome in patients with high-risk diffuse large B-cell lymphoma. (Abstract 908O)

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Teresa Calimeri, MD, PhD, on DLBCL: Findings on High-Dose Methotrexate

Teresa Calimeri, MD, PhD, of San Raffaele Hospital, discusses high-dose methotrexate as a CNS prophylaxis, shown to significantly improve outcome in patients with high-risk diffuse large B-cell lymphoma. (Abstract 908O)

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Richard T. Hoppe, MD, on Lymphoma: Improving Outcomes

Richard T. Hoppe, MD, of Stanford University, summarizes a session on improving outcomes by enhancing old and new indications in follicular lymphoma and Hodgkin lymphoma. (Scientific Session 5)

Lymphoma

Novel Agents on the Horizon in Lymphoma

Attendees at the 2016 Pan Pacific Lymphoma Conference held July 18–22 in Koloa, Hawaii, got a peek at early data for a number of novel agents in the treatment of various lymphoma subtypes. The ASCO Post captured these findings. Denintuzumab Mafodotin in Diffuse Large B-Cell Lymphoma Denintuzumab...

Lymphoma

Routine PET Surveillance Discouraged in Large Cell Lymphoma

There is no role for routine imaging as a means of following patients with large cell lymphoma, according to Bruce D. Cheson, MD, Deputy Chief of Hematology-Oncology and Professor of Medicine at Georgetown University Hospital, Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center, Washington, DC. “Routine...

Lymphoma

Limited Access to Radioimmunotherapy in the Community Setting May Lead to Extinction of a Unique Lymphoma Treatment

I am writing to ask the ASCO community for help in addressing a policy decision by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) that requires oncologists to take a 700-hour course (on the full range of nuclear medicines) to give one medicine to their patients: prepackaged radioimmunotherapy. It’s...

Issues in Oncology
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Solid Tumors

Media Reports of Dramatic Responses to Immunotherapy After All Else Fails May Prompt Patients to Seek It Out

Immunotherapy has received “a lot of attention, mainly because of the media coverage,” Anas Younes, MD, medical oncologist and Chief of the Lymphoma Service at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York, said in an interview with The ASCO Post. “Many patients inquire, not about a specific...

Lymphoma
Thyroid Cancer

I’ve Survived Two Cancers

In 2012, my husband, Robert, and I were looking forward to starting the next phase of our lives and were feeling excited about the future. Although only in our 50s, we had decided to retire early from our full-time careers, move to our cabin in Hayward, Wisconsin, and find less stressful part-time ...

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Nivolumab in Recurrent Classical Hodgkin Lymphoma: Refreshingly Supportive Data

It is commonly said that if something is too good to be true, it usually is. It is therefore quite refreshing when really good results are replicated in a subsequent study. As reported in The Lancet Oncology by Younes et al1 and reviewed in this issue of The ASCO Post, a phase II trial of...

Lymphoma

Nivolumab Achieves Response in Most Patients With Classical Hodgkin Lymphoma After ASCT and Brentuximab Vedotin

In a phase II trial reported in The Lancet Oncology by Anas Younes, MD, of Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, and colleagues, treatment with the anti–PD-1 (programmed cell death protein 1) immune checkpoint inhibitor nivolumab (Opdivo) produced response in two-thirds of patients with...

Lymphoma

FDA Grants Orphan Drug Designation to CD4CAR for the Treatment of Peripheral T-Cell Lymphoma

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has granted Orphan Drug designation for chimeric antigen receptor–engineered T cells directed against the target protein CD4 (CD4CAR) for the treatment of peripheral T-cell lymphoma. William Tse, MD, Chief of the Blood and Marrow Transplantation Division ...

Lymphoma

Interim PET-Adapted Treatment in Advanced Hodgkin Lymphoma

The ability to cure a majority of patients with advanced Hodgkin lymphoma is one of the major milestones of success in the combination chemotherapy era. It has been over 40 years since Bonadonna and colleagues in Milan developed the ABVD regimen (doxorubicin, bleomycin, vinblastine, and...

Lymphoma

Continued ABVD vs Omission of Bleomycin (AVD) After Negative Imaging Findings in Advanced Hodgkin Lymphoma

In a phase III trial reported in The New England Journal of Medicine, Peter Johnson, MD, of the Cancer Research UK Centre, University of Southampton, and colleagues found similar efficacy with continued ABVD (doxorubicin, bleomycin, vinblastine, dacarbazine) vs omission of bleomycin (AVD) after...

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Lymphoma
Multiple Myeloma

Roundup of Selected Abstracts in Multiple Myeloma, Acute and Chronic Leukemia, and Advanced Lymphoma

In June 2016, the European Hematology Association Congress convened in Copenhagen, Denmark. The educational and scientific program highlighted state-of-the-art clinical practice and the latest findings in hematology research. The ASCO Post brings its readers brief summaries of some of the important ...

Lymphoma

For High-Grade and Aggressive Non-Hodgkin Lymphomas, Treat Adults Like Children

Outcomes for adults with high-grade and aggressive non-Hodgkin lymphomas (NHLs) appear to be better when these patients are treated with pediatric-inspired protocols, according to Mitchell S. Cairo, MD, Chief of the Division of Pediatric Hematology, Oncology and Stem Cell Transplantation, Maria...

Lymphoma

Early Relapse in Follicular Lymphoma: Clinical Trial Data May Guide Management Decisions

Approximately 20% of patients with follicular lymphoma will relapse within 2 years of diagnosis. Although the optimal management of these patients has not been established, clinicians may be guided by data from recent clinical trials, according to Nathan H. Fowler, MD, Associate Professor and...

hematologic malignancies
lymphoma

Higher Baseline Metabolic Tumor Volume May Predict Poorer Outcome in Patients With High Tumor Burden Follicular Lymphoma

In a pooled analysis reported in the Journal of Clinical Oncology, Meignan et al found that higher baseline total metabolic tumor volume measured by 18F-fluorodeoxyglucose (18F-FDG) positron-emission tomography–computed tomography (FDG PET-CT) was associated with poorer outcome in patients...

Lymphoma

Understanding Double-Hit Lymphomas and Optimizing Management

Double-hit lymphomas are a challenging subset of high-grade B-cell lymphomas, previously characterized histologically as diffuse large B-cell lymphoma or B-cell lymphoma unclassifiable with intermediate features between diffuse large B-cell lymphoma and Burkitt lymphoma. Expert guidance in their...

Lymphoma

GADOLIN and the Perplexing Role of Obinutuzumab in the Treatment of B-Cell Malignancies

After several dose-finding phase I and II studies in a variety of B-cell malignancies, the potential clinical role of the newer anti-CD20 monoclonal antibody obinutuzumab (Gazyva) remained unclear. These early trials tested low and high doses as well as weekly and every-3-week schedules of...

Lymphoma

Phase III Trial Shows Adding Obinutuzumab to Bendamustine Improves Progression-Free Survival in Rituximab-Refractory NHL

In the phase III GADOLIN trial reported in The Lancet Oncology, Laurie H. Sehn, MD, Chair, British Columbia Cancer Agency Lymphoma Tumor Group, and Clinical Associate Professor at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, and colleagues, found that adding the anti-CD20 antibody obinutuzumab...

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