Treatment with venetoclax and rituximab significantly improved PFS among patients with relapsed or refractory CLL when compared with rituximab and chemotherapy.

Conferences

Novel targeted therapies are currently being used to improve outcomes and quality of life for patients with advanced and difficult-to-treat hematologic malignancies, according to multiple studies presented at the 59th Annual ASH Annual Meeting and Exposition.

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) just announced that it will allow marketing of the first agency-authorized test for use with flow cytometry in order to help in the detection of several leukemias and lymphomas.

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News

Treatment with venetoclax and rituximab significantly improved PFS among patients with relapsed or refractory CLL when compared with rituximab and chemotherapy.
Individuals aged 75 or older with blood cancer are often underrepresented in clinical trials, according to a study conducted by researchers at the FDA.
Patients with advanced leukemia who require blood transfusions have reduced access to high-quality end-of-life care compared with those who do not require transfusions.
A recent study found a BTK inhibitor to be highly effective and safe among previously untreated patients with Waldenström Macroglobulinemia.

Quiz

According to a recent study, which characteristic can help improve risk stratification for pediatric patients with acute lymphoblastic leukemia?

The FDA recently approved inotuzumab ozogamicin (Besponsa, Pfizer) as an injectable treatment for adults with which type of blood cancer?

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Research in Review

Nurse navigation focused on the patient and family across the care continuum can effectively guide patients with blood cancer to better care and quality of life (QoL), according to a presentation at the 2017 Oncology Nurse Advisor Navigation Summit (June 15-17, 2017; Austin, TX).

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Older patients with chronic myelomonocytic leukemia (CMML) who are treated with hypomethylating agents reduce their risk of disease-related mortality by 28%, according to new research published in Cancer (published online June 16, 2017; doi:10.1002/cncr.30814).

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A recent study demonstrated high response rates and tolerable safety profiles in pediatric patients with chronic myeloid leukemia (CML) after treatment with a tyrosine kinase inhibitor (TKI).

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Response to positron emission tomography (PET) scan after two cycles of standard treatment allows for early treatment adaption for patients with early-stage Hodgkin lymphoma, according to research published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology (June 2017;35[16]:1786-1794).

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Slideshow

B-cell malignancies are among the most deadly and difficult-to-treat blood disorders. Our understanding of treatment options, prognostic indicators, and value in B-cell malignancies is constantly evolving. Within the past 6 months, there have been numerous breakthroughs in B-cell malignancy therapies, biomarkers, prognoses, and mutational understandings.

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