Current guidelines may be inadequate in at-risk African-American and Latino populations.
Standard therapy options are limited for patients with refractory chronic lymphocytic leukemia, with or without lymphadenopathy, and the results are generally poor. Ofatumumab (Arzerra), a novel human CD20 monoclonal antibody, could be the answer for improving outcomes in this patient population. Lead investigator William G. Wierda, MD, PhD, will share the final analysis of the results from this international study at ASH 2010.
Parents and their children need to understand that advancing science does not always go hand-in-hand with a direct benefit to the patients.
Tests carry a significant price tag, but reduction in chemotherapy use is potentially cost-saving.
Unlike conventional radiation, Yttrium-90-ibritumomab tiuxetan (Zevalin) induces cellular damage only in the targeted tumor cells and has demonstrated activity in follicular and diffuse large B-cell non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.
Follicular lymphoma: Is watchful waiting still a treatment option in era of new and improved therapy?
In asymptomatic disease, overall survival is often the same with immediate treatment vs watch and wait. The deciding factor may be what patients are willing to tolerate.
NEW ORLEANS—More is better, at least when it comes to treatments for multiple myeloma. Separate studies from a Spanish group and an Italian group showed that up-front use of four drugs improves durable responses and progression-free survival in elderly patients. Both studies also showed that a kinder, gentler weekly schedule of bortezomib (Velcade) instead of the standard twice-weekly schedule maintains efficacy and reduces toxicity.
NEW ORLEANS—There was good news at ASH 2009 on promising treatments for indolent lymphoma and aggressive non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. Also, a separate poster presentation showed that even just one cycle of post-remission therapy extended survival in elderly patients with acute myeloid leukemia.
Researchers are exploring ways to manipulate rituximab (Rituxan) when added to the current standard therapy for diffuse large B-cell lymphoma, specifically shortening the number of treatment days. Preliminary results of a phase III trial showed that rituximab plus CHOP over a 14-day cycle achieved similar response rates and comparable toxicity compared to CHOP on a 21-day cycle in newly diagnosed patients.
After almost a decade of research and two trials of a follicular lymphoma vaccine with negative results, a study of a personalized idiotype vaccine has achieved positive results. BiovaxID prolonged median disease-free survival by more than a year in a subset of patients who maintained complete remission after one year of chemotherapy and then received the vaccine.