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Polatuzumab Vedotin Plus Bendamustine/Rituximab for Transplantation-Ineligible Relapsed or Refractory DLBCL

In a phase Ib/II trial reported in the Journal of Clinical Oncology, Laurie H. Sehn, MD, MPH, and colleagues found that the addition of polatuzumab vedotin to bendamustine/rituximab improved response rate and progression-free and overall survival among transplantation-ineligible patients with...

A Career Path Balancing Research, Patient Care, and Everyday Life

In elementary school, Laurie H. Sehn, MD, MPH, dreamed of becoming a teacher. However, as she moved through high school, her passion for science blossomed, as did her desire to have an impact on people’s lives. “I began to seriously consider medicine because it provided the dual opportunity to...

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 FLYER trial evaluates treatment with four cycles compared with six cycles of cyclophosphamide,...

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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 prognostic impact of an underlying MYC-translocation for both progression-free and overall survival in ...

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Laurie H. Sehn, MD, MPH, on HGBCL With Comorbidities: Upfront Therapies

Laurie H. Sehn, MD, MPH, of the British Columbia Cancer Centre for Lymphoid Cancer, discusses the challenges of treating high-grade B-cell lymphoma in older patients and those with comorbidities. Several strategies have been devised, but more research is needed as well as more options for novel...

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In Case You Missed It: Short Takes on Current Cancer Research

It would be impossible to cover all of the important presentations from the 5,000-plus abstracts accepted for the 2018 ASCO Annual Meeting. In addition to our regular meeting coverage of the top news stories, the following highlights focus on novel investigational approaches to therapy for various...

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immunotherapy

Laurie Helen Sehn, MD, MPH, on FL and DLBCL: Results From a Treatment Trial

Laurie Helen Sehn, MD, MPH, of the British Columbia Cancer Centre for Lymphoid Cancer, discusses phase II study findings on polatuzumab vedotin with bendamustine and rituximab in relapsed or refractory follicular lymphoma and diffuse large B-cell lymphoma (Abstract 7507).

Expert Point of View: Laurie Sehn, MD and Kenneth C. Anderson, MD

“We don’t think a lot about cutaneous T-cell lymphoma because it is one of the rare forms of lymphoma that we treat, but it is an extremely debilitating type of lymphoma,” said press briefing moderator Laurie Sehn, MD, Chair of the Lymphoma Tumour Group of the British Columbia Cancer Agency in...

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Front-Line Brentuximab Plus AVD vs Standard ABVD in Advanced Hodgkin Lymphoma

FRONT-LINE TREATMENT of advanced Hodgkin lymphoma with brentuximab vedotin (Adcetris) plus doxorubicin/ vinblastine/dacarbazine (A+AVD) achieved superior outcomes compared with the standard four-drug regimen of doxorubicin/bleomycin/vinblastine/dacarbazine (ABVD). The substitution of brentuximab...

leukemia

Phase II Data for Venetoclax/Ibrutinib Combination in Relapsed or Refractory Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia

THE COMBINATION of ibrutinib (Imbruvica) plus venetoclax (Venclexta) achieved favorable responses in patients with relapsed or refractory chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL), according to initial results of the phase II CLARITY trial presented at the 2017 American Society of Hematology (ASH) Annual ...

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Laurie H. Sehn, MD, MPH, on DLBCL: Radiation Therapy Findings

Laurie H. Sehn, MD, MPH, of the British Columbia Cancer Agency and University of British Columbia, discusses long-term results of PET-guided radiation therapy in patients with advanced-stage diffuse large B-cell lymphoma treated with R-CHOP (Abstract 823).

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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.

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...

hematologic malignancies
lymphoma

Adding Obinutuzumab to Bendamustine Improves Progression-Free Survival in Rituximab-Refractory NHL

In the phase III GADOLIN trial reported in The Lancet Oncology, Sehn et al found that adding the anti-CD20 antibody obinutuzumab (Gazyva) to bendamustine (Bendeka, Treanda) increased progression-free survival in patients with rituximab-refractory indolent non-Hodgkin lymphoma (NHL). Outcomes in...

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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,” presented by Philippe Armand, MD, PhD.

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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 Multicenter Phase II Study Report,” presented by Jia Ruan, MD, PhD.

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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.”

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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 Randomized Phase III 02-03 Trial From the Lysa/Goelams Group,” presented by Thierry Lamy, MD, PhD.

lymphoma

Laurie H. Sehn, MD, MPH, and James O. Armitage, MD, on Results of the GADOLIN Trial on Indolent Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma

James O. Armitage, MD, of the University of Nebraska Medical Center, and Laurie H. Sehn, MD, MPH, of the British Columbia Cancer Agency, discuss a first-ever finding on obinutuzumab and bendamustine in the setting of rituximab-refractory indolent non-Hodgkin lymphoma (Abstract LBA8502).

lymphoma

Laurie Helen Sehn, MD, MPH, Summarizes Results of the GADOLIN Trial on Indolent NHL

Laurie Helen Sehn, MD, MPH, of the British Columbia Cancer Agency, discusses a first-ever finding on obinutuzumab and bendamustine in the setting of rituximab-refractory indolent non-Hodgkin lymphoma (Abstract LBA8502).

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New Anti-CD20 Monoclonal Antibody Studied in B-cell Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma

The new anti-CD20 monocolonal antibody obinutuzumab is being studied in the treatment of patients with relapsed CD20-positive indolent B-cell non-Hodgkin lymphoma. GAUSS is the first clinical trial to compare obinutuzumab head-to-head against rituximab (Rituxan) induction therapy. “In this first...

hematologic malignancies
leukemia
lymphoma

New Research on Combination Chemotherapy, Prognostic Biomarkers, and PET-guided Radiation Therapy in B-cell Malignancies 

The 12th International Conference on Malignant Lymphoma was held June 19-22, 2013, in Lugano, Switzerland. Over 3,000 hematologists, clinical oncologists, pathologists, and leading researchers attended the meeting, which featured new research on B-cell malignancies, follicular lymphoma, as well as...

lymphoma

Tailoring Therapy for Diffuse Large B-Cell Lymphoma by Interim PET May Be Problematic

In a study that reflected clinical practice, treatment of diffuse large B-cell lymphoma based on the results of interim positron-emission tomography (PET) was feasible; however, switching PET-positive patients to an alternative treatment still resulted in inferior treatment outcomes, and the...

lymphoma

Obinutuzumab Moves Into Lymphoma Treatment

The addition of obinutuzumab (Gazyva) to standard bendamustine (Treanda) chemotherapy followed by obinutuzumab maintenance therapy delays the progression of indolent non-Hodgkin lymphoma (NHL), almost doubling progression-free survival in rituximab (Rituxan)-refractory patients, according to the...

lymphoma

Laurie H. Sehn, MD, MPH, on Classical HL: New Findings on the Need for Radiotherapy

Laurie H. Sehn, MD, MPH, of the British Columbia Cancer Agency, discusses a study that showed patients with advanced-stage classical Hodgkin lymphoma, with a negative PET-scan following ABVD chemotherapy, have excellent outcomes without the need for consolidative radiotherapy, regardless of disease ...

lymphoma

ASCO 2015: Obinutuzumab Doubles Progression-Free Survival in Patients With Relapsed, Indolent Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma

Adding the anti-CD20 monoclonal antibody obinutuzumab (Gazyva) to standard bendamustine (Treanda) chemotherapy and then following that with single-agent obinutuzumab maintenance therapy “resulted in a statistically significant, but more importantly, a clinically meaningful increase in...

lymphoma

Lugano 2013: PET-guided Radiation Therapy Improves Survival in Patients with Advanced Diffuse Large B-cell Lymphoma

Residual masses are often detected on post-therapy computed tomography (CT) scans in patients with diffuse large B-cell lymphoma, and the potential role of consolidative radiation therapy in such cases remains undefined. An analysis of the use of PET-guided radiation therapy presented by Laurie H....

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