Treatment improves PFS in early stage FL

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Micrograph showing FL
A multidrug regimen can improve upon involved-field radiotherapy (IFRT) in patients with early stage follicular lymphoma (FL), according to research published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology. FL patients who received IFRT plus cyclophosphamide, vincristine, and prednisolone (CVP)—with or without rituximab—had a significant improvement in progression-free survival (PFS) compared to patients who... [Read Article]
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Health Canada expands approval of obinutuzumab

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Obinutuzumab (Gazyva)
Health Canada has expanded the approved use of obinutuzumab (Gazyva®). The anti-CD20 monoclonal antibody is now approved for use in combination with chemotherapy to treat patients with previously untreated follicular lymphoma (FL) that is advanced (stage II bulky, stage III, or stage IV). In patients who respond to this treatment, obinutuzumab monotherapy can... [Read Article]
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Transplant strategy not viable for aggressive B-NHL

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HSCT preparation
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Transplant with radioimmunotherapy (RIT)-based conditioning is a viable treatment option for patients with indolent—but not aggressive—B-cell non-Hodgkin lymphomas (NHLs), according to researchers. Long-term follow-up data showed “excellent” outcomes in patients with indolent B-NHL who received conditioning with 90Y-ibritumomab tiuxetan plus fludarabine and low-dose total body irradiation (TBI) prior... [Read Article]
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‘Excellent’ survival with HCT despite early treatment failure in FL

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follicular lymphoma
Autologous and allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HCT) both offer excellent long-term survival in follicular lymphoma (FL) patients who experience early treatment failure, an analysis of a large transplant registry suggests. Five-year survival rates exceeded 70% for patients who received autologous or matched sibling donor (MSD) transplants, according to... [Read Article]
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Chemo-free combo provides potential first-line option for FL

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Attendee at ASCO 2018
©ASCO/Scott Morgan 2018
A chemotherapy-free combination of lenalidomide plus rituximab shows similar efficacy and a different safety profile to chemotherapy plus rituximab (R-chemo) followed by rituximab maintenance in patients with previously untreated follicular lymphoma (FL). According to investigators, the multicenter, international phase 3 RELEVANCE trial is the first to evaluate the... [Read Article]
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Polatuzumab plus BR improves efficacy in DLBCL

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Attendees at ASCO 2018
©ASCO/Zach Boyden-Holmes 2018
Polatuzumab vedotin, when added to bendamustine (B) and rituximab (R), significantly improved response and survival rates in a cohort of patients with relapsed/refractory diffuse large B-cell lymphoma (DLBCL), according to a phase 2 study. By contrast, there were no such improvements in a cohort of follicular lymphoma (FL)... [Read Article]
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Umbralisib has ‘distinct’ safety profile

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Micrograph showing CLL
Phase 1 trial results suggest umbralisib, a PI3Kδ/CK1ε inhibitor, can be safe and active in patients with relapsed or refractory B-cell malignancies. Researchers said the safety profile of umbralisib “was distinct from that of other PI3Kδ inhibitors,” as it produced few immune-mediated adverse events (AEs). Umbralisib also produced an objective response... [Read Article]
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FDA issues CRL for proposed biosimilar rituximab

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follicular lymphoma
The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued a complete response letter (CRL) saying the agency cannot approve Sandoz’s proposed biosimilar rituximab. Sandoz submitted the biologics licensing application for the product, known as GP2013, in September 2017. The company was seeking approval for GP2013 to treat follicular... [Read Article]
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Inhibitor outperforms rivals in leukemia, lymphoma

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Researchers in the lab
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Preclinical research suggests the pan-FLT3/pan-BTK inhibitor CG’806 is more effective than other kinase inhibitors in fighting certain hematologic malignancies. In one study, CG’806 proved more potent than comparator drugs in primary samples of acute myeloid leukemia (AML) and chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL). In another study,... [Read Article]
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Tazemetostat exhibits antitumor activity in phase 1 trial

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Micrograph showing DLBCL
The EZH2 inhibitor tazemetostat demonstrated a “favorable safety profile and antitumor activity” in a phase 1 study, according to researchers. The drug produced responses in 8 of 21 patients with relapsed/refractory B-cell non-Hodgkin lymphoma (NHL), including 3 complete responses (CRs). The maximum tolerated dose of tazemetostat was not reached, and there were... [Read Article]
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Duvelisib NDA granted priority review

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follicular lymphoma
The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has accepted for priority review the new drug application (NDA) for duvelisib, a dual PI3K delta/gamma inhibitor. With this NDA, Verastem, Inc., is seeking full approval of duvelisib for the treatment of relapsed or refractory chronic lymphocytic leukemia/small lymphocytic lymphoma (CLL/SLL) and accelerated approval... [Read Article]
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