Ofatumumab generates high response rates in refractory CLLDecember 10th 2010
Ofatumumab (Arzerra) demonstrated clinical benefit was superior to historic outcomes with salvage therapies in this setting, according to lead investigator William G. Wierda, MD, PhD. After about 26 months of median follow-up, progression-free survival and overall survival improved in fludarabine-refractory chronic lymphocytic leukemia and in fludarabine-refractory CLL with bulky lymph nodes.
Deeper Molecular Responses Seen with Dasatinib in New Chronic Myeloid LeukemiaDecember 7th 2010
The median reductions in Bcr-Abl transcripts at one year were greater with dasatinib (Sprycel) than with imatinib (Gleevec), according to the results of an intergroup phase II trial. A better molecular response should eventually correlate with better outcomes, making dasatinib a serious contender for upfront therapy in CML.
Rasburicase reduces tumor lysis risk in hematologic malignanciesDecember 8th 2008
Rasburicase (RAS) is superior to allopurinol in adult patients with hematological malignancies whose treatment puts them at high risk for developing tumor lysis syndrome or who have hyperuricemia at baseline, according to a study out of Houston’s M.D. Anderson Cancer Center.
Rapid responses to nilotinib in newly diagnosed early Ph+ CMLMay 1st 2008
ORLANDO-In newly diagnosed, early chronic phase, Ph+ chronic myelogenous leukemia, nilotinib (Tasigna) quickly induced complete cytogenetic responses and was well tolerated, Jorge Cortes, MD, of M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, said at ASH 2007 (abstract 29).
Pooled results confirm Len/Dex benefits in myelomaMarch 1st 2008
Multiple myeloma patients receiving lenalidomide (Revlimid) plus dexamethasone had improved responses, longer time to progression, and improved overall survival than those receiving dexamethasone alone in pooled phase III clinical trial results. Donna Weber, MD, of M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, presented the findings at ASH 2007 (abstract 412).