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Hematologic Malignancies

Hematologic Malignancies

Results of a new study have indicated that the risk of developing melanoma may be almost doubled among certain survivors of chronic lymphocytic leukemia/small lymphocytic lymphoma.

Treatment of CML with various tyrosine kinase inhibitors can induce changes in glomerular filtration rate over time and have other kidney-related effects.

The FDA approved the proteasome inhibitor carfilzomib for the treatment of multiple myeloma, when used in combination with lenalidomide and dexamethasone.

While the headliners for the 2015 ASCO Annual Meeting featured mainly immunologic approaches to cancer treatment, with agents such as nivolumab and ipilimumab, the new data in hematologic malignancies highlighted a large number of novel therapies, each of which appears promising.

Long-term follow-up of a phase II study shows that nilotinib is highly effective in treating chronic phase CML as a first-line therapy, though with relatively common cardiovascular toxicity associated with treatment.

Lymphoma survivors who underwent autologous HSCT may be at greater long-term risk for heart failure and left ventricular systolic dysfunction than previously thought.

Patients with CML undergoing treatment with dasatinib had a narrower spectrum of mutations in BCR-ABL1 compared to those treated with imatinib.

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